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Hard Drive Head Swap Operation

Starting Monday off right with a successful head swap operation on a fallen Seagate hard drive. The drive has been opened previously “just to check where the unusual sound comes from”. Before the swap operation, the original read/write heads need to be thoroughly examined both with naked eyes and under a microscope for possible damages and microscopic contaminations. If conditions allow, using the original heads is always a good option. Especially, when it is hard to find the exact-matching donor parts or when these parts are expensive to acquire.