I have a Seagate drive that died that I would like to recover data off of. I diagnosed the drive as having a failed TVS diode so I removed the diode and the drive began to function again.
My concern is: I have to transfer a large amount of data off this drive that will take many hours to complete. During that time the drive will be running with no ESD protection on the 5v rail due to the missing TVS diode.
I have an old 5v voltage regulator board I made for a robotics project a long time ago. I was wondering if it would be beneficial to insert this board onto the +5v rail coming into the drive to take the place of the TVS diode. If that's not advised, is there anything else I could do to protect the drive during recovery?
Also, about how much over voltage does it take to fry the other components on the drive? Am I over-reacting to the drive not having ESD protection or is it absolutely critical to have?