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Basically I was moving my SATA hard drive, and it hit a metal piece (on one of those silver contacts on the "motherboard" looking area), sparked, smelled burning and computer stopped reading it. It isn't the OS, so computer continued running fine. Shut down computer, and looked at hard drive. One of the silver contacts is blackenened. Everything else on the board is "fine". So, is it possible I could do the "motherboard" swap I've heard about? Is it just as simple as unscrewing one off a new drive and placing it on the old drive? And how would I be able to check and see if it is mechanical? Am I stuck simply opening up the hdd to look inside? I realize a professional should be doing this, but I don't have 500-2700 dollars (as quoted by DataSavers.com) just lying around. I'm willing to try it myself as the only thing "near and dear" on there is 200GB or so of photographs - although none of them are anything I couldnt recreate myself if I wanted to.
So just looking for some general help/direction here. Most hard drive error websites seem to be about mechanical failures/file failures. Not a whole lot seem to address my situation. So any help would be appreciated; thank you.