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Dead hard drive - can I change the PCB board?

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A friend of mine went through a thunderstorm and ended up with 3 dying hard drives.  Two I recovered data from, but the third won't even show up in the Windows Disk Management utility.

The drive still seems to spin up (I can feel the vibration) but Windows won't recognize it at all.

Does that mean it's the circuit board that's most likely dead, not the actual platters?   Does it mean I could get a used $30 drive off ebay (same model) and replace the circuit board and maybe bring this drive back to life?

The data on the drive isn't super-vital but it would be worth a $30 experiment to recover if it makes sense to try it. 

Model WD10EADS is a regular WD Green 1TB 3.5" 7200rpm

-Scott

 

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