Western Digital Head Swap – Donor Drives

by Sep 25, 2017

On modern Western Digital hard drives it is not usually difficult to find a compatible donor for a head swap case. Use the following information at your own expense/risk. Typically you try to match the full model number (e.g. WD20EARX-22PASB0), the TJ, VJ, T2, V2 in the DCM code, and get a close date. The second part of the model, after the dash, can be reduced to matching the 2 or 3 middle characters depending on it being 6 or 7 characters after the dash. And heads, you’ll need to watch the number/location of heads as needed.
Unfortunately with competition for parts and so many scalpers out there we often find ourselves using broader drive matching criteria. In our lab we usually try to find a donor in the same WD drive family (e.g. Saddle G6) but sometimes we cross families, we pretty much disregard the date. Most recommend using the same 2 characters in the DCM code, but for Firebird, FBLite, and Helios we often use a T2 DCM for a donor when the patient has a TJ DCM and vice versa. It really comes down to experience. It’s better if you have a few donors on hand in case one doesn’t work. If you have a rush job and only order one donor with limited matching criteria you might just be disappointed. If you are just starting out or don’t have a lot of donors in stock then try to match as much info as possible to increase your chance of a compatible donor. Here is a short list of some of our successful head swaps to give you an idea of what can work. Your mileage may vary.

 

Patient Donor
Model: WD10JMVW11S5XS1
Date: 20 JAN 2013
DCM: EBMTJBK
Serial: WX31E9
Family: Firebird
Location: Malaysia
Model: WD10JMVW-11AJGS4
Date: 23 July 2016
DCM: HHMT2HBB
Serial: WX31A7
Family: FBLite
Location: Thailand
Model: WD10JMVW11ZSMS5
Date: 11 MAY 2012
DCM: EHOT2HBB
Serial: WXK1E3
Family: Helios
Location: Thailand
Model: WD10JMVW-11ZSMS1
Date: 24 OCT 2010
DCM: EBMTJBBB
Serial: WXP1E8
Family: Helios
Location: Thailand
Model: WD10JMVW11AJGS1
Date: 17 AUG 2013
DCM: EHMTJHB
Serial: WXV1E5
Family: FBLite
Location: Malaysia
Model: WD10JMVW-11AJGS2
Date: 20 OCT 2013
DCM: HHMT2HBB
Serial: WX81A9
Family: FBLite
Location: Thailand
Model: WD3200BMVU-11A04S0
Date: 07 Jun 2009
DCM: HANT2ABB
Serial: WXE0A5
Family: Venus
Location: Thailand
Model: WD2500BEVS-60USTO
Date: 20 SEP 2008
DCM: FHCT2HBB
Serial: WXC808
Family: McKinley
Location: Thailand
Model: WD10JPVT-60A1YT0
Date: 29 AUG 2012
DCM: HCCTJBK
Serial: WXC1C1
Family: Firebird
Location: Malaysia
Model: WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
Date: 24 March 2013
DCM: HHMTJHKB
Serial: WXC1A1
Family: FBLite
Location: Thailand
Model: WD10JMVW11S5XS0
Date: 07 FEB 2013
DCM: HHMTJHN
Serial: WX51A1
Family: Firebird
Location: Malaysia
Model: WD10JMVW11AJGS2
Date: 20 DEC 2014
DCM: EBKT2BKB
Serial: WXA1E9
Family: FBLite
Location: Thailand
Model: WD7501AALS-00E8B0
Date: 07 MAY 2012
DCM: HANNHT2CA
Serial: WMATW0
Family: Mars
Location: Malaysia
Model: WD7501AALS-00J7B0
Date: 23 DEC 2009
DCM: HARNHT2CA
Serial: WMATV4
Family: Mars
Location: Malaysia
Model: WD10JMVW11S5XS0
Date: 07 FEB 2013
DCM: HHMTJHN
Serial: WX51A1
Family: Firebird
Location: Malaysia
Model: WD10JMVW11AJGS4
Date: 13 JUL 2016
DCM: HBMT2BKB
Serial: WX21A6
Family: FBLite
Location: Thailand
Model: WD10TMVW-11ZSMS1
Date: 24 OCT 2010
DCM: EBMTJBBB
Serial: WXP1E8
Family: Helios
Location: Thailand
Model: WD10TMVV-11BG7S0
Date: 24 JAN 2011
DCM: EBBVJBBN
Serial: WXD1EA
Family: Shasta 3D
Location: Thailand
Model: WD10JMVW-11S5XS0
Date: 19 AUG 2013
DCM: HHMTJHB
Serial: WXE1A6
Family: Firebird
Location: Malaysia
Model: WD10JMVW-11AJGS2
Date: 10 DEC 2013
DCM: HHKTJHKB
Serial: WX21AB
Family: FBlite
Location: Thailand
Model: WD2500AAKX-193CA0
Date: 17 AUG 2011
DCM: HARNHTJMHN
Serial: WCAYUC
Family: Tahoe LT
Location: Thailand
Model: WD5000AAKX-753CA0
Date: 10 April 2011
DCM: EHRNHTJMGN
Serial: WCAYUN
Family: Tahoe LT
Location: Thailand
Model: WD1600AAJB-00PVA0
Date: 13 DEC 2007
DCM: DHNYHT2CB
Serial: WMAP9C
Family: Tornado PATA
Location: Malaysia
Model: WD3200AAKS-75L9A0
Date: 12 OCT 2009
DCM: HARNHT2AHN
Serial: WCAV27
Family: Pinclite
Location: Thailand
Model: WD10TMVV-11TK7S1
Date: 20 NOV 2010
DCM: HBMTJBBN
Serial: WX61AB
Family: Helios
Location: Thailand
Model: WD10TMVV-11BG7S0
Date: 24 JAN 2011
DCM: EBBVJBBN
Serial: WXD1EA
Family: Shasta 3D
Location: Malaysia
Model: WD3200AAKS-75L9A0
Date: 12 OCT 2009
DCM: HARNHT2AHN
Serial: WCAV27
Family: Pinclite
Location: Thailand
Model: WD1600AAJB-00PVA0
Date: 13 DEC 2007
DCM: DHNYHT2CB
Serial: WMAP9C
Family: Tornado PATA
Location: Malaysia
Model: WD5000LMVW-11VEDS0
Date: 23 April 2013
DCM: HHMTJBKB
Serial: WX51A3
Family: Hubble LT
Location: Thailand
Model: WD5000LPVT-60G33T0
Date: 01 DEC 2012
DCM: HBCTJHNB
Serial: WX51AA
Family: Hubble
Location: Thailand
Model: WD10JMVW-11AJGS1
Date: 06 JUN 2013
DCM: HBKTJBKB
Serial: WX61A5
Family: FBLite
Location: Thailand
Model: WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
Date: 24 MAR 2013
DCM: HHMTJHKB
Serial: WXC1A1
Family: FBLite
Location: Thailand
Model: WD5000LMVW-11CKRS0
Date: 19 DEC 2012
DCM: HA0TJHBB
Serial: WX41AB
Family: Hubble
Location: Thailand
Model: WD5000LPVT-60G33T0
Date: 01 DEC 2012
DCM: HBCTJHNB
Serial: WX51AA
Family: Hubble
Location: Thailand
Model: WD30EZRS-11J99B1
Date: 24 SEP 2011
DCM: HARCHT2ABB
Serial: WCAWZ1
Family: Dragon
Location: Thailand
Model: WD30EZRS-00J99B0
Date: 14 MAR 2011
DCM: HARCHV2AAB
Serial: WCAWZ0
Family: Dragon
Location: Thailand
Model: WD10EADS-22M2B0
Date: 27 JAN 2010
DCM: HHRNHT2CB
Serial: WMAV51
Family: DragonFly 2
Location: Malaysia
Model: WD10EADS-00M2B0
Date: 03 JUN 2009
DCM: HBRCNV2MA
Serial: WMAV50
Family: DragonFly 2
Location: Malaysia
Model: WD20EARX-22PASB0
Date: 21 NOV 2011
DCM: HARNHTJCA
Serial: WMAZA6
Family: Saddle G6
Location: Malaysia
Model: WD20EARS-00MVWB0
Date: 29 SEP 2011
DCM: HHNNNTJCBB
Serial: WCAZAC
Family: Saddle G6
Location: Thailand
Model: WD40EZRZ-00WN9B0
Date: 18 OCT 2016
DCM: HARRNT2MAB
Serial: WCC4E6
Family: Giant
Location: Thailand
Model: WD40EZRZ-00WN9B0
Date: 16 SEP 2015
DCM: HHNNHT2CHB
Serial: WCC4E6
Family: Giant
Location: Thailand
Model: WD10TMVW-11ZSMS0
Date: 05 SEP 2010
DCM: HBMTJBNB
Serial: WXC1A7
Family: Helios
Location: Thailand
Model: WD10TMVW-11ZSMS1
Date: 24 OCT 2010
DCM: EBMTJBBB
Serial: WXP1E8
Family: Helios
Location: Thailand
    Drive Configuration Matrix (DCM) breakdown for HARNHTJCA

  1. (H) Spindle Motor
  2. (A) Base
  3. (R) Latch
  4. (N) Bottom Magnet
  5. (H) Media Type
  6. (T) Head Stack Assembly (HSA)
  7. (J) Actuator-Preamp
  8. (C) Top Magnet
  9. (A) Separator
  10. unknown

Looking for Seagate donor matching guide?