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Seeking WD 80 GB control board


I read on WD site that replacing the control board may allow access to data if board is close enough to build date and serial number.

If anyone has a good
WD800BB, WD Caviar, MDL: WD800BB - 55JKCO
Date: 19 MAY 2006
DCM: DSBHNTJCH
Drive parameters: LBA 156301488
80.0 GB
WD P/N: WD800BB-55JKCO

I would gladly pay for shipping and a reasonable price to try to access my data.

The tech who transferred data to the new drive made it inaccessible, among other problems.

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The tech who transferred data to the new drive made it inaccessible, among other problems.
Are you getting Access Denied type errors that need a simple "ownership" change to fix?

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No. EM is format drive?

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No. EM is format drive?


What does that mean ?

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from Goaglen's other posts I think EM might stand for Error Message...

Goaglen: could you let us know a bit more about what you are trying to achieve, and what problem(s) you are experiencing?
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replacing the control board may allow access to data
are you really considering swapping the controller board of a hard drive? or am I misinterpreting the situation?
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The tech who transferred data to the new drive made it inaccessible
made what inaccessible though? ...the hard drive itself can't be accessed? the data on the new drive cannot be read? (if it follows on from here I'm assuming the "new" drive is probably a SATA drive)

is the WD800BB (EIDE) the "old" drive which originally had the data on it, and now that data will not read either?

A little more information would be a great help here

best wishes, HJ.

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Error message upon clicking the drive in Windows Explorer = "Do you wish to format the drive now?" This drive is the new EIDE drive(320GB) which has the data from the second drive and was made inaccessible.

The original failed drive is an old EIDE type and contained data plus an image of the second drive, also EIDE.


The tech transferred the data from the old second drive to the new EIDE drive, but asked the boss what to do when ?????. Boss said to make all partitions into files (overheard from out front.)

Since each drive contained an image of the other drive and served as backup, Both drives are now lost. Last external backup was too long ago to save financial data for current year. Need access to one or the other to restore it.

Is this clear enough?

My question about SATA date transfer is for future purchase of new computer and OS. Has nothing to do with restoration of data from old drives.

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thanks Goaglen, it really helps to know a bit about what's going on

I fully sympathise with your unfortunate situation

good luck, HJ

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If windows asks if drive should be formatted, but you know for sure that data is on the drive, then try a data recovery utility such as thios free one. I've used it successfully many times:
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/pcinspector.html

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Goaglen, you don't need a card to access your data. Your data is there [hopefully] & your hard disk is perfectly ok. What you need is a utility to recover it, as noted above by TonyT.

From your post it appears that the tech created new partition on the disk & what we are looking for is a utility that can sniff out the old partitions & restore them. This would allow you to access your data.

Try FREE NTFS Partition Repair Freeware. This would search & show you all the partitions it finds.

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Hugh,
I am sorry for confusing my two inquiries on this one post. I do have two situations needing guidance.
This one involves a crashed drive which probably has a bad control board. This drive was my primary HD with OS and programs. No major loss except for reloading time of software. It did have email records which are of some import.
Tha main loss is the image of the second drive, my data drive for all records created in software form HD 1.
It is possible that the data on the new drive, supposedly an image of the old data drive, will be accessible with a data recovery program. I am not betting my 1040 on that, however. So, I consider two options. One may work. If necessary, I will try option of replacing crashed drive board.

rsinfo,
I will try partition repair utility.

Thanks to both of you.

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If the hard drive board is bad, Windows won't even recognize that a drive is attached, nor will the bios. Thus I assume the drive with the bad board is the op sys drive, correct?

If the drive that has the image files on it, drive 2, cannot be read by Windows, and Windows asks if you want to format it, then that drive is probably good but its mft or mbr is corrupted, in which case software can be used to recover the drive image files.

What I don't understand is what drive and operating system are you using that asks if want to format the drive? Certainly not the drive that you think has a bad board, as a drive with a bad board won't boot.

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