Backup Routine for Photos, & Sudden Hard Drive Failure

Started Jul 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
Sean Nelson
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Re: The problem with external hard drives..

Ken Seals wrote:

Another possibility is that the controller circuit board on the drive has failed but the internal workings of the drive are still ok. It's much more complicated, but you can replace the circuit board on the drive with one from an identical drive and recover your files.

I have heard that most modern high-capacity drives store spindle-specific operating parameters in flash memory on the controller chip or board, and that board swaps like this don't work on them because the parameters stored on the new board's chip won't work with a different spindle.

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