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Donor Hard Drive Search Engine

Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 2:38 pm
by Jared
Simply type in the Model, P/N, DCM, etc. to search various sources for the drive you need.



Current list of sites searched:
http://www.donordrives.com
http://www.data-medics.com
http://www.hddzone.com
http://www.harddrivepcb.com
http://www.hdd-parts.com
http://www.accesscomputerparts.net
http://www.effectiveelectronics.com
http://www.mydonordrives.com (I don't think this one is actually indexed by Google)
http://www.rapid-tech.com
http://www.harddrivesforsale.com (just added - good catch jol)
http://drive-for-parts.com
as well as some ebay stores.

If you know of any other sites you'd like added just let me know. :D

Re: Donor Hard Drive Search Engine

Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 4:40 pm
by LarrySabo
I wonder if it's any different from this one?

Re: Donor Hard Drive Search Engine

Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 5:16 pm
by Jared
Looks like that one is also searching through some blogs. Get's more results that way, but less accurate results. This is a custom search I put together myself. I don't know where that other one came from.

Re: Donor Hard Drive Search Engine

Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 8:34 pm
by LarrySabo
I got it from here or here, not sure which but the latter was by the author, I think.

Re: Donor Hard Drive Search Engine

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 9:53 am
by jasonlau61
What is the "Donor Drive"? Sorry for my stupid question, i'm a newbie :( .

Re: Donor Hard Drive Search Engine

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 11:24 am
by HaQue
A "Donor drive" is a drive you buy to take parts from, such as heads or PCB... you would use these parts to repair a patient drive enough to recover data

Re: Donor Hard Drive Search Engine

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 2:05 pm
by Jared
Yes, think of it like an organ donor. Only not the organ donors in civilized nations who wait for the people to die first before harvesting their organs. We're more like the black market organ dealers who kill the subject because we suspect the part is a match for the patient we're trying to heal. Fortunately they're just hard drives we kill as donors.

Re: Donor Hard Drive Search Engine

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 9:46 pm
by LarrySabo
Just to put you a little at ease, we only kill the donors if the patient is a DM series drive.

Re: Donor Hard Drive Search Engine

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 9:59 pm
by jol
LarrySabo wrote:we only kill the donors if the patient is a DM series drive

would you reuse the donor drive to keep sensitive/valuable data on it, after you were done with it ? or should i say after finish it off ?
i don't think so !

Re: Donor Hard Drive Search Engine

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 10:08 pm
by LarrySabo
@jol, it was a feeble attempt at humour. As a novice, I haven't done many HSA swaps but would have no hesitation in re-using donor heads if they were not obviously destroyed by patient media damage--which I understand is a common occurrence with DM series drives. But I could be wrong.