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WD3200JS Electrical failure? No spinning, overheating of board

WD3200JS-22PDB0, Nov. 2006
Used as an external hard-drive for a laptop, with an Icybox S-ATA case.
I've got what seems an electrical failure: no noise whatsoever on power-on.
Leaving the power on for some time causes overheating of the part of the electronic board near to the central motor.
Shall I try a substitution of the PCB?
The drive is a data-only drive, no operating system installed.
Thanks, Indro.

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I would not swap the PCB on this drive without checking the insultation. Heat damage may effect the U12 chip; or smooth chip. However, a bad pre-amp (very common on this model) will toast many chips. Replacement of the pcb may end up for not if the pre amp toasts the next pcb.

In my experience, I replaced the pre-amp (headswap) and pcb; and was able to recover everything necessary. Also, the 22pdb0 has a weird ROM ata for the motor; and it's really touchy about working.

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Hi Indro,

HEat issues like that can be caused either by a failure on the PCB or internally. Remove the PCB board and inspect it, if it's an issue I have seen occasionally you will have a hard time removing the PCB as it will have blown out a chip near the contact point for the drive and will be somewhat fused to the padding between the PCB and the drive chassis.

If this is the case a new board runs about 50% chance of fixing the issue, try finding one on eBay and replacing it. If that fails or if there's no noticable failure on the PCB, chances are the failure is internal and you will need the help of a professional facility with a clean room to get your files back. If this is the case and you don't mind spending a few bucks for the file, respond with your location(Country, State and City) and I will refer you to a nearby facility that has the appropriate equipment to assist you.

Hope this helps FixYa,


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