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Western digital HDD - WD1600JB-00GVA0 - Success DR story

 
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mathewfer
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:33 am    Post subject: Western digital HDD - WD1600JB-00GVA0 - Success DR story Reply with quote

Hi,

My HD stopped working after a power failure. There is no mechanical movements etc. Also there were other PCs that went through the same power failure & their HD are working alright. At the moment, this WDC HD did not spin at all, no noise & no vibrations when powered on. So I am sure that the PCB was faulty. Also there is no visible damages on the 2 sides of the PCB.

I started to look for the PCB (circuit board of the HDD) with the PCB
version number 2060-001265-001 REV A. This number is visible on the PCB when you carefully look at the middle of the edge.

By Googling, I found that if I find the exact PCB to swap, there is a chance of recovering some important data. Although I had backups, there were still few weeks of data that I wanted to recover from that. Also as I bought this HD in Australia, I was sure someone may have it here.

After posting in one of Australian forums asking for a similar HD, thanks to one guy who extended a helping hand to offer with his HD with the same PCB & HD model now.

That helped me to recover all my data without losing any data at all.

Details:

My disk:
Model no: WD1600JB-00GVA0
PCB no: 2060-001265-001 REV A
DCM no : DSBHNTJAA
Manufactured date : 23 Apr 2005 in Thailand

Doner's disk:
Model no: WD1600JB-00GVA0
PCB no: 2060-001265-001 REV A
DCM no : DSBHCVJAH
Manufactured date : 23 Nov 2004 in Thailand

These 2 HDs are almost identical except the DCM & manufacturing dates.

1st step:

I swapped the PCM & my HD started to spin, identify correctly (as WD1600JB-00GVA0) in BIOS but it did not boot or did not show any data when accessed as secondary drive.

2nd step:

Swapped U12 ROM chip from my disk to working doner's PCB. It quickly worked - I could boot the PC with that & all the data was seen. I copied all the data to my new NAS & at the end, all the data was in order - no loss at all.

After googling, I concluded that even if you have 2 HDs coming from the same assembly line, same date & time, this U12 ROM is supposed to contain unique data to each drive. Therefore, it is highly likely that you will be successful if you swap U12 ROM. I also found PCB with the below part numbers are almost same in terms of functionalities (except cache size etc) & it could be made identical with U12 ROM swap.

2060-001266-001 REV A or 2060-701265-001 REV A or 2060-701266-001 REV A

Check this link - http://www.hdd-parts.com/10001266.html

I did the de-soldering & soldering of this chip. De-soldering is bit difficult but with lot of patience, I could do that. I used a standard 30W soldering iron with a pencil tip end to do the soldering the chip back on to board. In total, I took about 1hrs to do this swap.

Also I learnt lot by going through this forum so I am posting my success story here for others benefit.

I hope the above details are very helpful for someone who is looking for information.

Mathew
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Mikeluz
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to several threads of several foruns that I read, it appears that in your particular case, if you have matched also the DCM then you wouldn't need to swap the ROM (U12) chip.

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DrewCabler
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mikelduz wrote:
According to several threads of several foruns that I read, it appears that in your particular case, if you have seen my income from the wealthy affiliate matched also the DCM then you wouldn't need to swap the ROM (U12) chip.

Cheers


Thanks, Mikeluz. If we do swap the ROM though what will happen?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DrewCabler wrote:
Thanks, Mikeluz. If we do swap the ROM though what will happen?

Microcode on a PCB will match microcode on a drive. If original problem was only PCB, it should work.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DrewCabler wrote:
Thanks, Mikeluz. If we do swap the ROM though what will happen?

you can try without swap first. if don't work you had to swap it. as no body sure firmware has been change or no. that we often recommend customer to swap original one to good PCB. be careful during operation.
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually comparing this with other HDD is not going to work. I mean, this happens randomly. You are just unlucky I guess. There is nothing you can do, but, change the HDD. Make sure you get the one suitable to your motherboard.






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