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Anyone tried these headcombs?

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:13 pm
by Jared
Has anyone tried these? They look decent to me, and for the price might be worth it.

http://www.hddheadtools.com/product/lev ... omb-suite/

Re: Anyone tried these headcombs?

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:28 pm
by pclab
No, don't know them...

Re: Anyone tried these headcombs?

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:30 pm
by w.simon
Hello i use 2 set og them here and i remember that larry use it too (Saw from some pictures)

It do the job, it s not hddsurgery of course but fair work for the fair cost

http://www.agdi.info/dolphin-data-lab/l ... ted-drives

Re: Anyone tried these headcombs?

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:37 pm
by Jared
I see they have another HDDSurgery'ish tool for Seagate's w/o ramps.

http://www.hddheadtools.com/product/sea ... d-7200-12/

Looks like they got smart and figured out how to make one tool that does more variety of drives.

Re: Anyone tried these headcombs?

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:28 pm
by pclab
Jared wrote:I see they have another HDDSurgery'ish tool for Seagate's w/o ramps.

http://www.hddheadtools.com/product/sea ... d-7200-12/

Looks like they got smart and figured out how to make one tool that does more variety of drives.


This one I have, but still in the box... No reviews yet.

Re: Anyone tried these headcombs?

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:20 pm
by LarrySabo
I have the DDL Level 2 combs and they are okay, but only get one for each drive type. Some of them are not a particularly good fit so you can end up with the heads not separated enough and touching once removed from the ramp, a difficult job re-installing the heads because they are not separated enough, or the comb rotating out from between the heads while you invert the drive to remove the HSA bottom screw. I use SD combs for the patient and the DDL ones for the donor. I've read somewhere a complaint that HDDSurgery-like combs scratch the platters, but I'd have to track that down to be sure whose/which combs they were referring to.

Re: Anyone tried these headcombs?

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:26 pm
by pclab
Ok, so today I opened the box ehehehe
I tested this head comb: http://www.hddheadtools.com/product/sea ... d-7200-12/

Took a while to check how to "plug it in". I just had 3 drives here to play and only one was supported...
But, on the one that fit, it was pretty good. One thing is missing: a way to avoid the head to get out from the comb. Sometimes I felt I needed 3 hands.
Besides that, it was smooth and felt assured that it does what is necessary.

PS: By the way: how may kits of head swap tools do you have?? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Re: Anyone tried these headcombs?

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:40 pm
by LarrySabo
Thanks for the quick review, Nuno. I see it's lacking the locking pin that's on HDDSurgery tools. Would be interesting to compare with ER-Tools Seagate combs. I think Jared has them and likes them, IIRC.

Re: Anyone tried these headcombs?

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:43 pm
by pclab
How much for the ER tools? They have them all sold out...

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:55 pm
by Jared
Yeah the owner had been sick and seemed to have shelved the business for a bit. I do like the tools for drives without ramps. I think I paid around $200 for the Seagate set. Wish I had bought the WD ones too.