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STAT to USB adapter destroyed my Hard Drive

by cooljmans25 / August 27, 2013 9:22 AM PDT

Hi forum,
So I decided to plug the Hard Drive from my PS3 into my computer to delete an unused Linux partition on it that I cannot delete from within the PS3. I used a SATA to USB bridge to connect the drive. It did not show up on the computer, so I unplugged it. Turns out the bridge malfunctioned on me, and broke the drive: I plugged the drive into the PC directly, and it would not spin. So I finally gave up, and put the drive back into the PS3. The system would not start up, claiming that the drive was corrupt :\

I tried to plug other working drives into the SATA-USB bridge, they also broke on me. I know it is the bridge that is causing the problem.

What component of the PS3 Hard Drive is most likely broken, and (if possible), how can I fix it and recover the data on the drive?

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For this one,
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 27, 2013 9:30 AM PDT

I'd replace the drive. Recovery services cost a lot and does fix such to get the data off but you would not be posting if you were going to repair the drive. That is, swapping boards is well discussed so I won't duplicate that information.

My advice is to replace the drive and consider that the drive should not be pulled again.

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by cooljmans25 / August 30, 2013 4:31 AM PDT
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I will try to replace the PCB at my local computer store, I would never attempt such a tedious task myself Wink

For anyone reading this: I read did some research on the internet about SATA to USB adapters frying hard drives. The good news is, they only fry the PCB (circuit board) on the drive, not the drive itself. So the data is intact, and replacing JUST the PCB should recover the drive.

My advice: When using SATA/PATA to USB adapter, before EVERY use, plug the device into a throw-away drive that is blank (NTFS/FAT formatted so windows can read the drive) but still works fine, and check to see if the adapter can read the drive. If it can't, plug the drive directly into the computer, and see if the computer will read it. If the computer can't read it either, the adapter is gone, and so is the drive Sad

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Maybe the advice should include BACKUP so as to
by VAPCMD / August 30, 2013 10:54 PM PDT
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eliminate the need for spending money on repairing an old drive vice just buying a new drive and restoring data.


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That's what I was trying to do in the first place
by cooljmans25 / September 1, 2013 7:18 AM PDT

The reason (one of them) I plugged the hard drive into the PC from the PS3 was to do a backup (the second reason was to delete the stupid linux partition). The PS3 CAN do backups from within the system itself, however, they must be to a FAT32 partition, and none of my FAT32 USB keys are big enough for the backup Sad

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