Seagate hdd head replacement donor requirement is higher than other hdd brands, especially the Seagate F3 hard drives. Sometimes, even if it is the same model number and PCB number, but the head type can be different or the head number and head map can be different.
Seagate Head Replacement Donor Guide
01: Preamp Type/ Head type;
02: Head number and head structure;
03: Model number and SN;
04: Manufacturing date/Country;
05: Firmware version;
06: PCB number.
The most important is to match the number 1.
In many Seagate F3 head swap cases, head swap is not enough, users may need to swap other components too and even generate and write adaptive ROM to get the success rate higher.
To fix Seagate physically damaged hard drives, users need to swap the PCB or need to open the hard drive in clean room and swap heads. To have high-success-rate of Seagate physical data recovery success rate, the following factors are very important:
01: Professional head replacement tools;
02: Donor hard drive heads to replace the damaged original drive heads;
03: Professional physical data recovery skills: including firmware repair, head swap, pcb swap, platter swap, platter cleaning, heads’ cleaning, and motor unstuck skills. These skills require professional data recovery training courses or long time’s experience in handling different data recovery cases.
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