Model A1136 / 30, 60, or 80 GB hard drive / black or white plastic front

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repair defective hard drives

I have a few hard drives that I have pulled out of 5th gen ipod videos (all 30 gig).

I wanted to know if it is possible to repair these drives. (they were sad face and clicking), and if there is a web site to find out more info on how to do it.

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that is what I thought thanks for the answer.


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Joe, little can be done to fix a hard drive at home, without using special equipment. Most common failure are

Logic board (controller) failures.

Broken power/data connectors (requires fine soldering).

Spindle/arm driver chip failure which requires replacement of either a logic board, or a chip

Head block pre-amplification failure.

Moving parts failures.

Head crash.

Spindle bearing seizure or spindle motor failure.

Firmware corruption (requires special software and sometimes special connection arrangement).

The only thing I have ever successfully attempted was the logic board replacement. will give you a better idea of what is involved So I do not think this would be feasible unless you have the equipment and the skills required. Good luck

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There must be a market for them though because I see them up for sale in lots on the bay site! I have a few myself and plan to list them there as is for parts.



I am sure there is for people that have the equipment to rebuild and sell them back to us for our iPOds :)


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