I realize the most important part of trying to repair a hard drive’s PCB is by swapping the firmware chip to a new one.
But what if that firmware chip itself is what is destroyed and non-functional? Is it possible to somehow program a new PCB’s firmware to cooperate with the drive so data can potentially still be read? Without having to attempt a full swap of platters and similar?
I ask in reference to an old SATA drive that had no backup but a lot of original HLTV game captures from old games, that aren’t available anywhere else.