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So my neighbor wanted some help with a WD Passport. I took a look and its kicking off read and controller errors left and right. I popped the top expecting a typical USB adapter plugged into a SATA port. Nope. This thing has a USB interface soldered onto the controller board. Anyone have any experience with this? Controller board sold separately or replaced by WD outside warranty for a price?

The board has an obvious char mark where a bunch of solder point for the interface so its toast, but the drive spins up just fine and sounds good so I'm thinking a replacement board would do the trick. Just wondering if I can find them an option or not.
 
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2 - 10-15-2017, 06:18 PM
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buy an identical one and swap out the platter
 
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sounds like a job for juggernaught and his 'in the field' go-bag
 
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I have 3 WD Passports that I rotate using Beyond Compare 4. Won't help you now, but that's how to do it going forward.
 
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sounds like a job for juggernaught and his 'in the field' go-bag
**** yeah - call him on his Vindibeacon
 
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Either take it to a local data recovery specialist near you or find another drive of the same type/model and Frankenstein a part swap. Then hope for the best.
 
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I had a feeling that was the response I would get. Since I am doing this for free its not worth the effort. I'll relay the bad news.

NGFM I am diss appoint.
 
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before u trash it, try it on a linux machine

i had one that died in a similar way, turned out some of those drives have an encryption chip and if it dies, altho the drive is still readable, it can't decrypt

popped in a linux live boot cd, read it like a charm. reformatted it under linux, still works to this day
 
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If there is important data on the drive, it's probably still there. It's just a question of how badly do you want it back.
 
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In before sandpaper
 
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Send them over to Data Recovery Company | Data Recovery Services | Gillware
They can get a quote and only pay if their data is recovered.
 
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I'm pretty sure swapping the circuit board won't work, WD encryption and all that jazz.
 
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Have you tried the freezer trick?
 
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DocHolliday
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14 - 10-16-2017, 03:44 PM
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Its the neighbors music they spent days converting from old CD's. I am not putting anymore effort into it to save their songs. Not worth my time.
 
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Hellsfury
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Lesson Learned:

If its important; back it up.

A back-up isn't a back-up if it doesn't exist in two, preferably more, places.
 
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don't worry

if the neighbors' music were worth saving, they'd have been signed to a record contract
 
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good thing they have it all backed up
 
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