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July 7, 2004 8:38:23 PM

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Greetings. I just have a WD 200GB drive fry on me, and it seems the
part that is bad is the circuit board. The drive itself spins up when
I swap the board with another "identical" drive, but it is incorrectly
recognized as a 2 TERABYTE drive (would be nice...)

The drive is a Western Digital WD2000JB-32EVA0 "Special Edition"
model. A replacement drive I purchased from Tiger Direct ($90 after
rebate right now), made a year later, has a different suffix
(WD2000JB-00FUA0). And, the in-warranty replacement that WD just sent
me ends with 00EVA0.

Can anyone point me to a resource that explains more on the suffixes
and what they mean? All the specs remain the same on the various
WD2000JB drives, but there must be some differents in the controller
firmware or something.

My goal is to find a matching board to put on my old drive to allow me
to recover my 200GB of video data (else I have to reimport hours and
hours of footage and edit them down again).

A document on WDs site, 2579-001028, explains things such as "JB" and
"BB" or RTL for retail, then goes on to mention suffixes are "in
house" and refers me to another document: 2096-000101. Unfortunately,
this document must not be public as it does not live on their site,
and the only search I can find for it is the original PDF mentioning
it.

I would be most grateful for anyone who could shed some light on this.
Thanks!

-- Allen
Anonymous
a b G Storage
July 8, 2004 4:05:10 AM

Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage (More info?)

go to one of those mom & pop shops check if they have the one with the
correct serial number and buy

"Allen Huffman" <alsplace@pobox.com> wrote in message
news:87c6d55e.0407071538.4facacdb@posting.google.com...
> Greetings. I just have a WD 200GB drive fry on me, and it seems the
> part that is bad is the circuit board. The drive itself spins up when
> I swap the board with another "identical" drive, but it is incorrectly
> recognized as a 2 TERABYTE drive (would be nice...)
>
> The drive is a Western Digital WD2000JB-32EVA0 "Special Edition"
> model. A replacement drive I purchased from Tiger Direct ($90 after
> rebate right now), made a year later, has a different suffix
> (WD2000JB-00FUA0). And, the in-warranty replacement that WD just sent
> me ends with 00EVA0.
>
> Can anyone point me to a resource that explains more on the suffixes
> and what they mean? All the specs remain the same on the various
> WD2000JB drives, but there must be some differents in the controller
> firmware or something.
>
> My goal is to find a matching board to put on my old drive to allow me
> to recover my 200GB of video data (else I have to reimport hours and
> hours of footage and edit them down again).
>
> A document on WDs site, 2579-001028, explains things such as "JB" and
> "BB" or RTL for retail, then goes on to mention suffixes are "in
> house" and refers me to another document: 2096-000101. Unfortunately,
> this document must not be public as it does not live on their site,
> and the only search I can find for it is the original PDF mentioning
> it.
>
> I would be most grateful for anyone who could shed some light on this.
> Thanks!
>
> -- Allen
Anonymous
a b G Storage
July 8, 2004 4:37:58 AM

Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage (More info?)

On 7 Jul 2004 16:38:23 -0700, alsplace@pobox.com (Allen Huffman)
wrote:

>Greetings. I just have a WD 200GB drive fry on me, and it seems the
>part that is bad is the circuit board. The drive itself spins up when
>I swap the board with another "identical" drive, but it is incorrectly
>recognized as a 2 TERABYTE drive (would be nice...)
>
>The drive is a Western Digital WD2000JB-32EVA0 "Special Edition"
>model. A replacement drive I purchased from Tiger Direct ($90 after
>rebate right now), made a year later, has a different suffix
>(WD2000JB-00FUA0). And, the in-warranty replacement that WD just sent
>me ends with 00EVA0.
>
>Can anyone point me to a resource that explains more on the suffixes
>and what they mean? All the specs remain the same on the various
>WD2000JB drives, but there must be some differents in the controller
>firmware or something.
>
>My goal is to find a matching board to put on my old drive to allow me
>to recover my 200GB of video data (else I have to reimport hours and
>hours of footage and edit them down again).
>
>A document on WDs site, 2579-001028, explains things such as "JB" and
>"BB" or RTL for retail, then goes on to mention suffixes are "in
>house" and refers me to another document: 2096-000101. Unfortunately,
>this document must not be public as it does not live on their site,
>and the only search I can find for it is the original PDF mentioning
>it.
>
>I would be most grateful for anyone who could shed some light on this.
> Thanks!
>
> -- Allen


Been scratching my head over that too. I suspect it's stuff like
warranty, special vendor channels, and bearing type: ball
bearing/fluid bearing.
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