DIY Data Recovery from a WD2500 Caviar Hard Drive

I had a WD2500 Hard Drive that was not working, no spin up or anything.  It seemed that the board was not working, but there was no signs of failure.

Fortunately, I found another WD2500 board which was working.

A simple board swap did not work, the heads started chattering when plugged in.

To really fix it, it is necessary to remove a 8 pin rom chip on the “broken” board and solder it to a “good” donor board.  If you cannot do this, find someone who can or you will get nowhere.

Once this was done, the hard drive started without a problem, the data was dragged off ASAP.

Make sure you identify the rom chips plus the good and bad boards to make the process easier.
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2 responses to “DIY Data Recovery from a WD2500 Caviar Hard Drive

    • If you know anyone who fixes electronic stuff, then ask them. Maybe try mobile phone repair shops, like the ones in the mall that can do soldering jobs.

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