Trying to recover data from a Western Digital hard drive (WD3200BPVT-75JJ5T0) that was in a dropped laptop.
Assuming the head was the issue, I purchased proper tools for head replacement and was able to successfully swap heads with a donor drive.
Windows is having problems recognizing the drive; slow, unresponsive; showing incorrect data size in Disk Management.
Through EaseUS data recovery software I am starting to see some data appear in the scan, though it is progressing very slowly. I have tried R-Studio but does not make it past initialization with this drive connected.
I am aware that in some instances, WD in particular has issues with compatibility issues even with identical model number part swaps. Trying another head swap is an option on the table.
What are some other methods to try to get this HD back to reading optimally?
In this video https://youtu.be/Di4HAf8WvKw?t=176 the guy performs a "hot pcb swap". Is this something perhaps I should look into?