Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a 1TB 7200rpm Hitachi hard disk drive and the read/write heads of the drive are dead (read: bent and twisted)

Can I use a Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 1TB drive as a surrogate, and remove the disk platters from both and replace the Hitachi platters inside the Seagate?

As in, will the Seagate heads read the data written by a Hitachi drive?

share|improve this question

closed as too localized by Moab, 8088, Nifle, Mokubai, Kyle Sep 26 '12 at 18:43

This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet. For help making this question more broadly applicable, visit the help center. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

6  
I'm not sure whether the platters are compatible, but I can tell you that if you try to open the hard drive yourself and expose the platters to anything but a controlled dust-free environment designed specifically for repairing hard drives, you can just throw the thing away because chances are you won't be able to read anything off it after that. Seriously, if you knew enough about hard drives to do what you're thinking about, you wouldn't have to ask about it here. –  Indrek Sep 26 '12 at 10:36
    
Ha ha - oh ok. Nuff said. –  Brett Rigby Sep 26 '12 at 11:02

2 Answers 2

No. For that you need exact model of hitachi like that dead drive. Also,you need kit for disk platters extraction, because you need replace old disk platters in new hdd case with same "angle". So is very hard for home repair,almost impossible. Dust is your smallest problem.

share|improve this answer
    
Kit? What/how do you mean, specialist tools to remove the platters? –  Brett Rigby Sep 26 '12 at 15:59
    
Yes,exactly. I saw it once,hard to describe it. –  miky Sep 26 '12 at 16:09

Im not sure if this would help, but I had a similar issue and used this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIPZtJyrVPw

But unless you have a clean room to work in, I wouldn't recommend it.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.