Hi everyone, this is a problem I have had for over a year now. Last year, my 80GB IBM deskstar (aka Deathstar) drive stopped spinning. I had all mp3's on that drive and a lot of them are fairly rare, and I'll never get them back. I was devastated.
There were no clonking noises or anything, the hard drive just stopped spinning. A week before, while the computer was on, the hard stopped spinning, but once I rebooted it was ok. I should have taken it as a warning and transferred my files, but I was lazy and stupid so I didn't.
I've looked at data recovery services and they are all expensive. I'm trying to keep the cost under $200 if possible. I've already spend $75 buying an identical hard drive. I switched the circuit board under the drive with the new one, and I plugged it in. The hard drive spins, but the computer will not recognize that the drive exists. So, now I don't know what to do. When switching the boards, someone told me that not only do I have to make sure that the two drives are the exact same model, but the part number and factory number, etc., have to be the same also. Well, I know that the model number and all that is the same, but there is one part number that is different. So maybe that's the problem.
If anyone has other suggestions on what I can do, please let me know. Would it be possible to somehow open the drive and transfer the heads to the working drive, or is that way too risky for an amateur like me to do? Is there any way to get the old drive with the switched circuit board to be recognized on the computer?