Where to look for a specific HDD for platter transplant?

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  1. LtCarter47 macrumors regular

    LtCarter47

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    I'm trying to help a friend with one of the affected white MacBook HDD failures. They did not have a backup (!). I tried the HDD in the freezer bit but no luck there. Last resort is swapping the platters out with an identical drive, model/firmware etc.

    My question is, where do you think would be the best place(s) to post to try to find one of these older drives?

    Drive details:
    2.5" 80GB Fujitsu
    Model # MHW2080BH PL
    Part # CA06820-B39200AP
    Rev # 07FD9A-0081001C
    From a white 2GHz Core2Duo MacBook

    Thanks!
    -Sean
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    There is absolutely no way you can remove the actual platters from a HD and put them in another drive. These devices are assembled in clean rooms and I can't imagine you having a clean room around or the tools necessary to do it. Your only realistic choice is a recovery service, which is expensive.
     
  3. LtCarter47 thread starter macrumors regular

    LtCarter47

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    Yes, I'm aware of the challenges. Unfortunately data recovery services are simply out of the question due to cost.
     
  4. RITZFit macrumors 65816

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    If the data is really important then it might be better to wait. You run the risk of doing way more harm than good by trying a DIY transplant. like old-wiz said, hard drives are made w/ precision tools in special dust free environments. If your still not convinced, e-bay would be a decent place to start looking
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    You might be able to find an identical drive on e-bay and just swap the electronics. I haven't looked at a HD outside of a computer in years, but IIRC, the electronics are a separate part from the sealed HD platters.
     

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