This post is a little pause in my vacuum reversing trilogy. It is half about electronics, half about digital forensics but somehow it is still 100% of my hobbies ;-)
A friend of mine had faced a harddrive failure recently and wanted her data back. So she sent me the drive instead of giving away one month of salary to an expensive data rescuing company.
Most of the time, replacing the controller board of the harddrive is enough to get your data back. Hopefully some companies like HDDzone allows you to order the exact model of the PCB you want to replace.
One week later, the PCB was in my mail box. Great.