So I am working on WD Passport USB drive and I'm 99% sure I'm gonna have to do a headswap at some point. Drive spins up and sounds like it tries to seek the SA, but usually doesn't come ready or even identify. However, it will occasionally identify correctly on the Atola for just a moment and then it stops responding. Since it's a USB drive, I can't do much with the Atola. I unfortunately don't have a DDI or PC-3000 just yet.
I'm wondering if you think it's worth converting to SATA to see if I can image any of the heads before attempting the headswap? I hate to pull heads before I read everything that the good heads still can. There's also the chance that if only one head is bad, I can get enough for a decent recovery without a headswap. I also hate to do the work to switch to SATA and not be able to get anything at all.
Or have I mis-diagnosed this and it's some other problem that you guys have seen. I'll admit, I'm fairly new to this.
Any help at all is appreciated.