Someone built a PC for me , the processor failed after a couple years, I bought a new computer and went to put the 2 HDs from the old one in, they didn't work, got housing for exterior HD and noticed the "person" took the backs of the 2 HDs! Why? who knows but I need the info on these HDs bad, a lot of research material on them. What can I do?
If someone took your drives apart and were not in a sterile environment and basically work for the drive manufacturer then not only are they an idiot then you are screwed with your data. You might could hire a forensics lab for big bucks that could recover your data but we are talking thousands of dollars.
What is weird is he had to have taken the backs off when he built it 2 yrs ago and it worked till the processor died, unless it wasn't the processor. YES he is an idiot !
This makes no sense. If he removed the circuit cards a couple of years ago, they would have never worked. Are the pin connectors still attached to the back ends of the HDDs (I assume these are IDE drives)?
He didn't take the circuit cards out, he took the plate off, opposite the side where all the info for the HD is printed. No the connectors aren't connected. I removed the HDs to put them in the new computer and that when I noticed the plate was off.
I believe what the OP is trying to say is that the bottom side does not have a cover as does the top. Thus you can see some the circuit board etc. If so, this is normal and nothing is missing. I am referring to the large top and bottom, not the small edges of the drive.
Bless all of you ! I'm the idiot, I have never seen a hard drive with the circuit board exposed before. The picture JackNaylorPE has is just how it looks. How can I vote on a best answer when everyone, except me, was right ? Thank you all again!