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Maxtor 4R120L and Maxtor 4R160L

Concerning 4R120L and 4R160L Macxtor Diamond Max hard drives.

Brand new motherboard, 64 bit AMD Sempron processor, 1 GB memory. On reboot, after setting S.M.A.R.T to enabled, both Maxtor drives locked up the platter motor, and were no longer recognized by BIOS, except for Series name, Falcon, which it apparently read out of the onboard circuitry. The read-write heads warbled, apparently trying to find and sync on the timing marks that it could not find, because the platters were not turning. My stethoscope showed that the platters did not spin, except for a momentary jerk at power-on.

Can this problem be fixed? Can the drive be refurbished? Is this a known problem for Maxtor Diamond Max hard drives? Is Maxtor/Seagate likely to know, or provide a fix?

Is it possible to repair the servo motor's startup controller? Is it possible to transplant either the circuit board, or transplant the platters? There are well over a hundred gigabytes of archived files on both drives. Neither drive is much more than a year old. Up until both drives failed simultaneously, there had never been a problem with either drive.

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It is possible to replace/transplant the circuit board. But I am not sure of the motor and the platters. I would suggest you not to play around with the platters. If you wish to replace the circuit board (I guess it is also called the logic card) get a hdd of the same make and size and replace it with this one.

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