swapping plate in hard drive?

By fixitguy
Mar 6, 2005
  1. i have a 20 gig WD hard drive..the motor died....the arm didn't touch the plate...so its still good.
    it was just a storage drive.
    is it possible to install the plate into another drive?
    this would be a one time deal...just to get the info off the plate.
  2. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    If you are very careful and do it in a dust free environment you might be able to get it to work enough to get the data off. You'll need to use the same model drive to swap parts with in order to do it though, and unless it is crucial you get the data, its not going to be worth the hassle since you will likely destroy two drives in the process.

    Its usually easier to change the board out, which may be the defect part anyway, rarely does the motor itself die.

    I do this sort of thing quite often and have a good bit of success, usually works long enough to get most of the data off the drive, which is good for the client and very good for my wallet
  3. fixitguy

    fixitguy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so i'll get another 20 gig WD...take the board out...glue it in the old drive....that seems easier than swapping plates.
    the info is worth the $.
    thank you muchly :)
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Not a 20 gig WD. A 20 gig exactly the same model WD.
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