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Bad logic board on Western Digital Caviar SE16 500 GB SATA Hard drive

My WD 500GB SATA WD5000KS went out on me, stopped spinning. I need the data (no backups) and I don't want to spend 3k-4k for data recovery, if I don't have to. I tried finding an identical replacement drive to attempt a logic board swap, but only found 1 that is close, but not matching the DCM#. Apparently I need a WD5000KS-00MNB0 model with a DCM# close to HBHCAJAAB or the board swap wont work. The 1 I found does enable the drive to spin up, but BIOS now says hard drive error, and I can't access anything on it.(tried software data recovery to no avail) The board I found on eBay has a DCM# of HCHCAJAAB and was same date of manufacture, and not it spins and clicks, whereas before I swapped the logic boards it did not spin at all. If anyone has a suggestion for this problem I would very grateful, Ed Spann

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Re: Bad logic board on Western Digital Caviar SE16 500 GB...

Might i suggest you try to get an exact replacement board.

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I just had the same problem today. I found this place.

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Re: Bad logic board on Western Digital Caviar SE16 500 GB...

I Have a 1tb with the same problem i can't get to match the dcm.
Does anyone know where i can get a 1TB with DCM#HBRCHV2AB?
I will buy it from anyone who has one

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