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Data transfer without primary HDD power..is it possible?

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July 8, 2013 2:58:55 PM

Hiya TH Community!

To clarify my topic title, my hard drive kinda..err..melted. My computer in general just wouldn't turn on, so I was troubleshooting by testing each component and see where the problem originated, and it stops at the hard drive. So I take the hard drive out and check the connections and whatnot, and the gold pins had black stuff on it..So I scrape that off, and plug in the power and test it..Turns on, hard drive spins and everything, but my connector started spewing smoke and I turned it off and let it cooled down and removed the connector. Melted my connector..and it smells horrible.

I will be ordering a new hard drive shortly, and my question for you guys and girls is this: Is it possible to transfer data from my old hard drive to a new one, without having power connected to the old one? This was just up and out of the blue and didn't have the time to back up all my files.

Please let me know.

Thank you!
a c 812 G Storage
July 8, 2013 3:07:32 PM

nope
you have the option of sending it out for data recovery but its not cheap.
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a c 753 G Storage
July 8, 2013 3:13:16 PM

The pins on the HDD are cooked/melted? That would point to the controller card on the drive being bad at the very least.

That drive is toast. Either live without it, or $end it $omewhere for data recovery.
An alternative might be to find an exact same drive, and swap out the circuitry. May or may not work.
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September 16, 2013 11:38:28 AM

USAFRet said:
The pins on the HDD are cooked/melted? That would point to the controller card on the drive being bad at the very least.

That drive is toast. Either live without it, or $end it $omewhere for data recovery.
An alternative might be to find an exact same drive, and swap out the circuitry. May or may not work.


could she not stick it in the same model of drive and slap the disk into the new drive?
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September 16, 2013 4:06:49 PM

See http://www.users.on.net/~fzabkar/HDD/TVS_diode_FAQ.html

What is the model number of the HDD?

Could you upload a photo of the component side of the PCB?

Sometimes there is an easy low cost DIY fix.

BTW, a direct PCB swap usually won't work. That's because modern drives store unique, drive specific "adaptive" information in flash memory on the PCB. These adaptives need to be transferred from patient to donor. There are two PCB suppliers who offer this transfer service for free (hdd-parts.com and onepcbsolution.com).
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