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I'm and idiot. I tried to transfer my Firmware Chip. Maybe Fried It. Now What?

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NeedsPractice:
I tried to transfer my BIOS/Firmware Chip from one PCB Board to another Donor PCB Board. It might be okay and yet it might not be okay. (I'm currently getting it looked at professionally) Let's assume worst case scenario. Is there someone out there that can extract my rom information from my platters and reprogram another chip and get all this working again? The hard drive is in perfect shape and spins up beautifully, I just had a bad pcb board. I know its a long shot but I thought I would ask.

Sincerely,
Idiot

james_s:
I'm not even sure what you're saying, you asked about a BIOS chip but then you mention platters in a drive? Which is it? What exactly did you do? There is no relation between what is on the platters of a hard drive and what is in the BIOS ROM.

Nusa:
I know what he's talking about...there's firmware on the hard drive PCB that's matched to the head assembly and motor type installed with the platters. Replacing the PCB with a donor is practical, but often requires transferring the NVRAM chip with the firmware on it. Whether that PCB was ever the original problem is another question entirely.


--- Quote from: NeedsPractice on April 28, 2021, 04:38:06 am ---Let's assume worst case scenario.

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Worst case is you throw lots of money at it, it doesn't work, and you write it off and forget about whatever was on that drive.

Second worst case is you save your money and write it off now.

The right professionals do have some options for data recovery, but it's not going to be cheap. How much $ is your data worth to you?
I'd recommend this place if you want to go that route: https://www.rossmanngroup.com/data-recovery-service-nyc/

magic:
What exactly have you have done to that poor ROM?
ICs are somewhat tough, problem like a broken leg should be salvageable.

NeedsPractice:

--- Quote from: james_s on April 28, 2021, 04:47:42 am ---I'm not even sure what you're saying, you asked about a BIOS chip but then you mention platters in a drive? Which is it? What exactly did you do? There is no relation between what is on the platters of a hard drive and what is in the BIOS ROM.

--- End quote ---

Nusa is correct.


--- Quote from: Nusa on April 28, 2021, 05:14:42 am ---I know what he's talking about...there's firmware on the hard drive PCB that's matched to the head assembly and motor type installed with the platters. Replacing the PCB with a donor is practical, but often requires transferring the NVRAM chip with the firmware on it. Whether that PCB was ever the original problem is another question entirely.


--- Quote from: NeedsPractice on April 28, 2021, 04:38:06 am ---Let's assume worst case scenario.

--- End quote ---
Worst case is you throw lots of money at it, it doesn't work, and you write it off and forget about whatever was on that drive.

Second worst case is you save your money and write it off now.

The right professionals do have some options for data recovery, but it's not going to be cheap. How much $ is your data worth to you?
I'd recommend this place if you want to go that route: https://www.rossmanngroup.com/data-recovery-service-nyc/

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Yes, I have stumbled on that website before. I am waiting on my firmware chip back and my pcb board after professional installation from another establishment. If they receive my rom and say there is no hope and they can't even install it for me I will look to another professional recovery service.

The data is not life altering. Its a really nice to have but not mandatory, thank goodness.

However, I do have drives that have failed over the years that I would mind having the data back, I have just collected them and stored them away. I would mind sending them off one by one to see if it wouldn't be possible to get the data back. I mean I even have some from the IDE days with the old connections.

https://www.rossmanngroup.com/data-recovery-service-nyc/

Can this company do this that non traditional companies cannot? I mean if this firmware chip is fried are there other methods like I mention earlier, or should I just let go of this data? It just seems sad because the drive boots up perfectly. I mean if I order a new donor board and install it, its ready to go except it can't read it because it has the wrong calibration instructions. Maybe Gilware misunderstood me but they seemed like they didn't want to deal with a fried bios chip.

In hopeful news, my chip may still be salvageable, and all this is moot. I am waiting to see if that is so in the next few days.


--- Quote from: magic on April 28, 2021, 07:21:39 am ---What exactly have you have done to that poor ROM?
ICs are somewhat tough, problem like a broken leg should be salvageable.

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I just transferred it from one pcb board to another. I used a rework station but may have over heated it. I doubt it but I could have. The odd thing is when I transferred it nothing happened. Maybe I didn't transfer everything that needed to be transferred.

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