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January 5, 2005 8:24:32 PM

I searched with the search function, I read the FAQ, I used google to the best of my ability and I still can't find ANYWHERE.

Can someone, ANYONE, tell me where I can buy a replacement hard drive logic board for my Maxtor 6Y080P0? I'm going nuts over here. I have a perfectly good drive that only has a bad logic board on it and you guys know my pain... that's 80GB that I just don't want to throw away.

Maybe it's just because my first hard drive was 202MB(yes I know that's big compared to some older people) but I don't want to just throw it away! So if you could help me out and SOMEONE provide me with a link to where I can get said equipment from I'd appreciate it.
January 6, 2005 1:53:51 AM

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January 6, 2005 4:13:02 AM

Hard drives of the same model but a different capacity also usually have a compatable card. You can't find ANY drives of that model someone is selling for scrap, with bad sectors?

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January 6, 2005 5:51:11 AM

Nope. One, no friends with a scrap hard drive, and since it is a DiamondMax 9 Plus it's not that old with the 8MB cache.


Maxtor declined to help me because they said they don't sell parts. There HAS to be a place out there. but where!
January 6, 2005 8:07:36 AM

What model do you need and where do you live? In the States? I have a pile laying around, if I have one that would work for you and you will pay the shipping its yours!
January 6, 2005 11:20:11 AM

These are not standardized interchangeable parts, each board is custom designed to work with a few related models. Most likely they are built by Maxtor and the only people who would have access to them are the repair techinitions at Maxtor.

Right now I have a $200 Alluminum case with a broken power switch. None of the switches are radio shack will fit. Several cases by different manufactuers use the exact same LED/SWITCH assembly.

They even ship the case with a diagram identifying each separate part.

But does anyone sell any of those parts... NO

So I have to hotwire my PC to start/reset/shutdown LOL.
January 6, 2005 4:02:47 PM

It's a DiamondMax 9 Plus 80GB model 6Y080P0. Hopefully you have it. Let me know.
January 6, 2005 4:11:17 PM

I tried replacing the board on a 120gb maxtor of mine with the board off a drive that was exactly the same and it didn't work at all. It went from spinning up and not being detected to making the railroad of death sound :( 

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January 6, 2005 9:24:52 PM

Maxtor won't help me out. They are being dicks about it.
January 12, 2005 6:08:33 PM

Any luck finding one man?
January 13, 2005 12:11:38 AM

I successfully swaped boards with a friends 45GB Deskstar to recover my data, but both were identical models purchased at the same time from the same store.

Interestingly enought they both failed in exactly the same way. Flimsy power connector pins broke. First and only time I have ever heard of that happening.

Have you asked maxtor how much they charge for an out of waranty repair. It may be your best option.
January 13, 2005 4:49:55 AM

Lol, those Deskstars must have just sucked because I had about 5 or so of those exact drives do that exact same thing :) 

I tried that with Maxtor when one of my 120gb drives died, they just send me a new drive and probably tossed my old one :( 

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January 15, 2005 12:43:56 AM

Did IMB replace any of them for you?

When I tried an RMA they basicially told me where I could shove it.

I had to have a electrical tech friend solder on a replacement pin, and since the other three were just as flimsy I stuck the drive in a $20 removeable hard drive tray so I would never have to unplug the power cable.

My friend made fun of me until his drive did exactly the same to him :) 
January 15, 2005 12:57:01 AM

That was back at my old tech job. I don't recall what became of the first one that died. Ever other one after that we just threw away because it wasn't worth the effort if it was just going to die again, lol.

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March 23, 2005 6:32:59 PM

Can you still help me?
March 24, 2005 5:57:53 AM

If the drive is still under warranty, you can do a trick: Get a replacement using the "advanced replacement" option from Maxtor, they'll send you another drive. Then pull the card off the new drive, put it on the old drive, copy everything you need to a third drive, put the new card back on the new drive, and copy again. Then put the old card back on the old drive and send it to them.

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March 24, 2005 10:03:19 AM

Ahhh...The infamous IBM Deathstar drives! :lol:  What a POS!

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March 25, 2005 6:12:23 AM

Advanced replacement is where you give them your credit card number and they place a hold on it for the value of the drive. They send you another drive, and when they get the bad one back, they release the hold. If they don't get the bad one back, they turn the hold into a charge.

It's a good way to get a spare drive for transfering your data to. But as long as you have both drives there, you could swap cards, rescue the data from the bad drive to a third drive, and then return the cards to their proper drives before sending in the bad one.

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March 27, 2005 11:51:14 PM

Hard drives generally get scraped and that means you're going to have to know someone with a scrap yard, with an account recieving computer parts, with hard drives coming in on that account, with a compatible hard drive in that pile, and willing to let you rummage through their gaylords.

Good luck. Your chances are slim and none unless you have a hook up. I'd try Crashman's method.

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December 6, 2008 2:52:01 PM

I am looking for a circuit board match for my Western Digital Caviar SE16 drive. The model number is WD7500AAKS-00RBA0 and the DCM is HARNHA2AAB. My damaged one was ade in Thailand in June 2007. Does anyone have a scrap drive or one you are not usinging that has a working board that matches this profile?
March 17, 2009 1:01:26 PM

Hi

I've the same issue!
Did you meanwhile found a circuit board for that device I'm having exactly the same model and a damaged circuit board and I need to recover some data from that.

Andreas
May 4, 2009 1:48:38 AM

mozzartusm said:
What model do you need and where do you live? In the States? I have a pile laying around, if I have one that would work for you and you will pay the shipping its yours!



I need a maxtor hard drive circuit board. Mine is a 400 gb sata, model no.6h400f0.
Thanks.
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be happy to pay shipping to aquire board.
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May 6, 2009 6:51:20 PM

When trying to find a replacement board for a hard drive, match up EVERYTHING you can - Manufacturer and Model, of course. But also look at the board itself for a board model number AND a version or release number. Sometimes the same drive model has been revised with new boards during the product life cycle.

As for sources, one option is to hunt on places like eBay for EXACTLY the drive you want, then send seller a message asking about board number details to verify it is just the right board. There are just so many drives sold on eBay you might find what you need this way.
May 31, 2009 9:17:42 PM

I need Maxtor Diamondmax 16, 300GB ATA/133 HDD (3.5") circut bd
fried chip. Is this a common occurrence? Anyway If anyone has one-
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March 10, 2010 2:06:45 PM

Hi everyone!

I've recently ran into problems with a hard drive and after some diagnostics I decided the reapir would simply require the removal of the cards mainboard (PCB) and replacing it with an exact match. Well buying an exact similar drive is no easy task unless you've purchased the drive in the last week. There are 6 different numbers and variations which must match in order for a successful swap.

After trying to locate hard drive sales whichcould have the rare drive i required, i managed to discover a cheaper and better alternative.

http://www.onepcbsolution.com/

They have EVERY PCB in stock, with inexpensive shipping and all specifications are listed. Had great experience with them, I'm sure I will use them many times in the future of my PC Repair business

Hope this helps :) 
March 13, 2010 6:18:49 AM

The company PCB solution at http://www.onepcbsolution.com/ have only Maxtor drives, but I need a board for a Western Digital drive. Does anyone have suggestions on where I can find a match for Western Digital 2.5 inch boards?

Note: I have thoroughly searched eBay and found nothing to match.
May 24, 2010 2:43:35 AM

hi, do u by any chance have a board for a deskstar 160 ide? hds722516vlat80
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August 27, 2011 5:36:26 PM

pilotman28 said:
I searched with the search function, I read the FAQ, I used google to the best of my ability and I still can't find ANYWHERE.

Can someone, ANYONE, tell me where I can buy a replacement hard drive logic board for my Maxtor 6Y080P0? I'm going nuts over here. I have a perfectly good drive that only has a bad logic board on it and you guys know my pain... that's 80GB that I just don't want to throw away.

Maybe it's just because my first hard drive was 202MB(yes I know that's big compared to some older people) but I don't want to just throw it away! So if you could help me out and SOMEONE provide me with a link to where I can get said equipment from I'd appreciate it.



There is a great deal going on EBAY right now.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trks...
October 22, 2011 5:40:11 AM

mozzartusm said:
What model do you need and where do you live? In the States? I have a pile laying around, if I have one that would work for you and you will pay the shipping its yours!

I have a hitachi hdt 725032vla380 7200rpm 3.5. i live in Homestead, Fl.
November 20, 2011 8:24:52 PM

www.hdd-donor.com

we have all manufactures pcb`s and hard drives. we also offer data recovery

please contact us on info@pcb-hdd.com for more info

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March 29, 2012 1:46:11 PM

HARD DRIVES & SWAPPING PARTS:

Hard Drive PCB Board Problems

If you've ever installed a hard drive, you may have noticed the green board on the bottom of the drive, and have probably made a few educated guesses as to its purpose and use.
The green board is known as the hard drive's PCB, or Printed Circuit Board, and it's one of the most complex and intriguing parts of a hard drive.

When hard drives fail, occasionally it's due to a malfunction of the PCB board. Power surges can cause this type of a failure, as well as dust contamination and many other common computer problems.
PCB Failure Symptoms

Hard drive PCB failures usually render a drive unable to boot up. Depending on the brand and model of the drive, some PCB problems cause a hard drive's information to display inaccurately in the BIOS.

******* What A PCB Does *******

The PCB is more than a simple way for a hard drive to contain power; it often contains part of the firmware of a drive, which lets the hard drive know how to operate properly and how to read data from the platters. For instance, part of its function is to store information about how many heads are contained within the drive, unique adaptives, and how to access continued microcode for successful drive start-up.

This information is put onto each PCB at the factory, and is programmed to be very specific to the particular hard drive for which it's designed. While this may sound inefficient, it's actually the culmination of dozens of years of hard drive technology; it allows larger and larger drives to be built that are both accurate and dependable.


******* Swapping Out a Hard Drive's PCB *******

Because of this customized firmware, however, it's not possible to switch out a PCB board in many cases; of course, this varies depending on the manufacturer of a drive. For instance, some older drives have the same basic information on two PCB boards of the same model, provided that both drives were made at about the same time, before more unique adaptives were programmed into the next line of drives. If one of the PCBs fails, there is some chance of making a recovery by simply swapping the boards of the two drives. However, hard drives have contained "customized" firmware on at least an occasional basis since they've become a consumer product, so the chances of a straight "board swap" working are very low. In addition, because of the unique adaptives, it is highly possible to damage a drive further by the placement of a foreign PCB.

******* Fixing PCB Issues *******

Data recovery companies must rebuild the firmware information in many situations when the PCB of a drive fails. In addition, occasionally PCB failures cause damage to other hard drive components, such as the heads of the drive (and subsequently the platters, in certain situations). Professional data recovery companies have special processes to treat these problems as well.

If you think that your hard drive has a problem with its PCB board, it's important that you don't try to operate the drive any further or try switching out the PCB board with another drive's. Get your hard drive to a reputable data recovery company immediately for an evaluation. A good data recovery company will be able to quickly diagnose the drive's issues and let you know what your options are from that point


Information credit by:
http://www.datarecovery.com/parts_exchange.asp
June 11, 2013 8:23:53 AM

pilotman28 said:
I searched with the search function, I read the FAQ, I used google to the best of my ability and I still can't find ANYWHERE.

Did you find you a Logic board? I have a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9, 80GB 6Y080L0422611 S/N Y2KCV2EE.......... date code:02NOV2004. On the logic board stickers is left to right, MAEACQYB another with 14104LFJHM ER M6FYA. With an Agere logic chip.
I am checking it out, but I believe it is a working drive, I'd be willing to let loose for a nominal fee.


Can someone, ANYONE, tell me where I can buy a replacement hard drive logic board for my Maxtor 6Y080P0? I'm going nuts over here. I have a perfectly good drive that only has a bad logic board on it and you guys know my pain... that's 80GB that I just don't want to throw away.

Maybe it's just because my first hard drive was 202MB(yes I know that's big compared to some older people) but I don't want to just throw it away! So if you could help me out and SOMEONE provide me with a link to where I can get said equipment from I'd appreciate it.


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