2013-06-09

Easy Mode Data Recovery: Maxtor HDD PCB Exchange

Disclaimer: You shouldn't put your valuable data in danger by following advice you find on Internet blogs.

Maxtor drives tend to accept PCB swaps, making data recovery when it's only a burnt chip (ST 2DPS20V, in this case) nearly effortless.

I had some worthwhile* data in need of recovery.

In 2009, 80gb donor drives were still expensive ($75 to $100).  

Now, they're under $30 on ebay (the one that worked for me was $26.99 with shipping.)

See references for what's (probably) needed for a donor match.

Image of PCBs and Drive Shells
Overview
PCBs and Shells
Image of Damaged PCB
Damaged
PCB
Image of a burnt 2DPS20V MOSFET
Crispy Chip
Zoomed Out View of Donor PCB
Donor
PCB
Zoomed In On 2DPS20V MOSFET
Pristine Chip












After switching boards, I simply booted Hiren's on a diag system and copied the data off to a network share.

If you find yourself in similar circumstances, perhaps consider this much cheaper (and brainlessly easy) route before sending it into the pros.

Tools Needed:
T8 Torx
Donor Drive PCB
Cavalier Attitude With General Disregard For Important Data

Drive PCB Specs:
Burnt: Code: YAR41BW0 N,M,G,A TLA: 6Y080L0422611 AAB Date: 08 Nov 2005 PCB: M6FYA
Donor: Code: YAR41BW0 N,M,B,A TLA: 6Y080L0422611 AAB Date: 02 Dec 2005 PCB: M6FYA

* Porn. Of course I mean porn. Also the schematics for a working cold fusion reactor, and an unaltered copy of the United States Constitution.

References:
Newbies Start Here - Scott Moulton's Site
HowTO How To replace Maxtor Calypso III board
PCB layout - Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 ATA/133
Repair and Recover Maxtor Hard Drives
Maxtor Hard Drive PCB swapping replacement guide
HDD ICs
P-CHANNEL 20V - 0.14 ohm - 2.5A SO-8 2.7V-DRIVE STripFET™ II MOSFET PLUS SCHOTTKY DIODE

1 comment:

  1. Nice page. Just had the same drive die yesterday for the same reason. I could read the chip number. Now I can!

    The chip datasheet is correct. The chip number at the top of the page is slightly wrong. It should be STS2DPFS20V.

    cheers,
    eric

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