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By Former CIO ·
Have a Seagate 30.6 drive ( 3.5 yrs old) that just died one day. On startup drive not recgonnized and no spin up of the drive. Checked voltahg=ges at the connector and all good. Tried a different HD and ran fine. Took bad HD and tried in different sys and same problem no spin up no nothing. Thought about buying an exact replacement and swapping the controler? Any other thoughts? - DOn't want to spend big $$ with a company like OnTrack estimate alone is 100 bucks. The controller is a pin connect so I won't have to find my soldering iron. Thanks

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by TheChas In reply to Dead HD

If the BIOS does not recognize the drive, a controller swap is worth the time and effort.

As long as the controller did not fail because of a short in the platter or head motor.

So yes, I would go ahead and get a drive. You have nothing to loose but your time and a few dollars.

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to

That was the fastest feedback I have ever received.

The controller electronics card on the hard drive controls both the platter and head drive motors. So, if the controller fails, the motors may not spin up at all.

As to motor failures, the main culprits are manufacturing defects and heat.

Since you had no warning, I would rule out a manufacturing defect in the motors.

I suspect a minor circuit failed on the controller board such as an oscillator or a voltage regulator.
It could even be just a poor solder connection on an IC lead.

If it were my drive, I would swap out the controller card.

Chas

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by Former CIO In reply to

Thanks! Poster rated this answer.

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by TechieRob In reply to Dead HD

I would give swapping out the controller a go, especially if you have the patience and skill required to attempt it. There are two possible outcomes, one is that you end up with a no working drive (which we have anyway) or it works :) I would still lean towards getting a new drive however, but I would be a bit sore that a seagate didn't last 7 years like they are supposed to

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by Former CIO In reply to

Thanks - I have never had a HD issue before - Seagate 7 yrs - soulds like indentured servancy Poster rated this answer.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Dead HD

well, former cio, why don't you post your seagate drive model number not all of us know 30.6 gb by heart. i just pitched a thunking 30 gb baracuda in the trash i would save it for you if you had posted any more info...
if i were you i would try controller if i could find one. dead is good sign that maybe you could fix with new controller.
never thought of putting bad hard drive in another system to see if magic there... rdl

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by Former CIO In reply to

I never even thought of that - Good idea Hopefully won't need to go through this again

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by stress junkie In reply to Dead HD

The testing method clearly shows that the problem
follows the questionable hard disk. The testing method
also shows that the original controller is fine with a
new HD. Therefore it makes no sense to change the
controller, as some have suggested. Your testing
method is sound. Just accept the results. Toss and
replace the HD.

You might also want to open the drive and beat the ****
out of the platters to keep others from trying to retrieve
your data.

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by OTL In reply to Dead HD

No spin up, sounds like possibly power problem. After looking at a HD controller card there are several voltage test points on it, checking voltage at these points may give you an indication of whether the card is bad or the motor.

Look for burnt area on the card or burnt smell as a possible indication of component failure. Blown transistors and capacitors give off a particularly acidic smell, resistors almost none. This will help determine if a new card may solve the problem.

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