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Where can i buy PCB for 500GB WD External HDD?

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December 11, 2012 7:31:36 AM

Hi Guy's

I need to replace the PCB of my 500GB Wester Digital HDD, the area where the USB port need to be solder was already damaged, the technician said the only solution is to replace the PCB,
here's the details that I've already found in ebay but its kind a expensive,
"Western Digital 500GB WD5000BMVV-11SXZS1, 2061-701754-500 AA"
link : "http://www.ebay.com/itm/Western-Digital-500GB-WD5000BMV..."

it kind a look the same with the PBC of my HDD, I realy need your help if anyone knows where I can buy PCB of 500GB WesterDigital HDD, my location is in Binan,Laguna, Philippines.


Thanks

- Irwin

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December 11, 2012 1:07:38 PM

Can't you just remove the PCB and fit the drive inside a third-party external hard drive enclosure where the original PCB is not required?
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December 11, 2012 1:31:00 PM

^ No the interface to the motor/head is what the pcb does. The one linked looks blank - you need one with all the components on it. Get a whole drive.
-Bruce
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December 11, 2012 1:57:47 PM

What Bruce said. What you're proposing is unbelievably risky. Just replace the drive. If you want to try to recover the data, your best bet is to send the drive to a company that specializes in that sort of work. In the future, remember: backups are your friend. :) 
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December 11, 2012 6:12:37 PM

@Irwin, the most expedient solution is to find a technician who is able to operate a soldering iron.

Failing that, a replacement board will not work out of the box. There will be a flash memory chip at location U12 which needs to be transferred from patient to donor. If your technician can't solder a simple USB connector, then he'll have even less chance of moving the flash IC.

Try the following supplier. He offers a free firmware transfer service.

http://www.donordrives.com/blog/pcbswapguide
http://www.donordrives.com/hard-drive-pcb-donor-swap-ma...
http://www.donordrives.com/services
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December 11, 2012 6:28:06 PM

it's not risky, just expensive, as you will have to buy a new drive, same make and model, and swap the board yourself. i've done it multiple times in the past and have has success with data recovery.
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December 11, 2012 11:00:28 PM

daswilhelm said:
it's not risky, just expensive, as you will have to buy a new drive, same make and model, and swap the board yourself. i've done it multiple times in the past and have has success with data recovery.



@daswilhelm

actually that's what I'm planning to do, thats why I'm looking for a shop where I can buy the board for my HDD, thanks for the advice guys. ^_^
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January 20, 2013 1:16:13 AM

hello, for Wester Digital PCB swap, do not need to check the numbers on the white lable. You should check the board number which is etched on the PCB. The board number begins with 2060-

In most cases, you should exchange the BIOS/Main Controller IC-http://www.datarecoveryunion.com/hard-drive-rom-chip-sw... before you swap hard drive PCB, in order to make the replacement board compatible with your HDD.
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