Clicking sound on WD Caviar Blue hdd

Dear friends,

I have 2 of these hdd and nr 1 where my OS is installed started doing THE clicking sound. These hdd are less than 1 year old.
So after I did my research I came across a solution which was - assuming the problem originated on a faulty pcb (printed circuit board), and that's what I really hoped for - to replace the faulty pcb with a new one.
So I did take disk 2's pcb, since they're exactly the same model and bought them at the same time, and placed it on disk 1.
Started the pc and the clicking noise was gone. However even though the bios listed the hdd (1) it showed no model name or serial and showed it had 0 (zero) bytes capacity! Is was better than not listing the device at all.
Not satisfied, obviously, I switched the pcb's back the way they were before, disk 1 ( the faulty one) with the original pcb and disk 2 likewise.
Now both are listed but without a model name or serial and zero bytes capacity.
Conclusion, the system will still not boot, and I don't know what to do.
Can anyone help?

Thank you,

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  1. You're on the right track I think, but you didn't mention moving the firmware chip over. In additon to swapping the PCB, newer drives require that the firmware chip from the orignal drive be moved to the doner PCB. This requires good soldiering skill, if you haven't done this type of thing before you might want to consider bring the PCBs to your local electronics repair place and have them move the chip to the new PCB for you.
  2. Thank you, I will try that indeed.
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