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Hard Drive Circuit Board replacement?

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December 10, 2011 3:02:25 PM

The problem is this..
My 2nd drive (500GB) no longer works....

A: If 2nd Drive is installed in the computer and i start the computer, it gets to the bios then restarts itself.
B: When it is not installed the computer runs.

I really don't want to do anything reckless as I don't want to lose the data on it if i don't have to.

C: I've been told that the Circuit Board might be bad and that it can be replaced with a same model. and not cause any problems.

D: Does this seem reasonable? or does it seem like another problem?

E: If i do need a different CB, what Specs would i have to match?


I thank you all in advance.
January 5, 2012 3:15:44 AM

Hard drive failures are NOT always caused by circuit board failure.

Replacement the PCB will not solve the problem below:
1. The drive will power up normally (no ticking noises, errors etc) but will not be recognized by the computer;
2. The drive will power up normally and be recognized correctly but will report a size of 0 bytes;
3. The drive will power up but report SMART errors on boot;

If you want to search for a matching pcb, you can search on hdd zone. They sell pcb and can also help to find a matching pcb for your drive if you need do a pcb replacement.
March 18, 2012 11:28:19 AM

the bios wont even finish loading while it is installed. it gets so far in then Reboots and starts again. as far as i can tell the drive doesnt power up or spin at all.
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March 28, 2012 12:35:29 AM

was your 2nd hard drive used with any other computer?
March 28, 2012 1:56:35 AM

no, it was same PC same hardware,
i was doing a virus scan then i was removing some found malicious content (pretty sure not on the drive in question since that only contained my own recordings and such) and after the reboot it kept restarting after the bios.


so i walked through the steps and unhooked my gpu, still rebooted after bios,
unhooked my other cards, still did it.
unhooked my 2nd hdd and it started up.
rehooked the 2nd hdd and it did it again..
unhooked it and it started up..
so i found that it was the drive...


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