Solved 1TB Western Digital External hard drive crashed

January 11, 2014 at 13:26:24
Specs: VISTA, 4GB
I have 1 TB west digital portable hard drive that stopped working. When it was working I used to power it up and connect the USB the light flashes for few seconds and appears on computer. Now when I plug in the light lits up but does not flash anymore. I removed it from the plastic cover and I found out that the USB soldering got loose. I am think about buying a USB to sata adapter, but since this hard drive was made to be portable if works. Any help I really appreciated.

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January 11, 2014 at 16:59:01
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If it is the actual case, including the soldering etc. on the usb connector, either get another case and install the drive in that. Or as you are thinking... get a sata to usb adapter kit. These can be dock style - place drive in dock and connect via usb to a computer; or small set of cables and connector which obviously fits the sata connecotron your hard drive.

I have a cable kit for both sata and eide; have used it a few times with no problems. But a "permanent" case/enclosure is better if wishing to use drive regularly, and/travel with it... So I'd advise a suitable external case.

Actual drive physical size determines case options. Some 2.5 ins dives are a wee bit too thick for some cases - so wise to check your drive dimensions and any possible case/enclosure with that in mind.

Can look up the cases I have used/have tomorrow and post details here.

Which WD drive do you have - model number?

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January 11, 2014 at 17:37:57
Thank you for the help, it's wdt-d2c(b). The plastic case is just to keep the hard drive sealed. I am thinking about of buying this : Sabrent USB 2.0 TO SATA/IDE 2.5/3.5/-INCH Hard Drive Converter With Power Supply & LED Activity Lights (EC-AHDD) and once I recover my data I can trash the hard drive since it's about 5 years old . I can also use this adapter on few more IDE drives that I have lying around.
I really appreciate your help.

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January 13, 2014 at 20:19:45
If the link below is for the adapter you want to buy then be aware it ONLY works on SATA drives.

I have a similar unit that works with 2.5” & 3.5” SATA AND 2.5”, 3.5” and 5.25” IDE drives. See the second link below. That unit has worked with every drive I have connected to it.

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January 13, 2014 at 22:36:02
Thank you for your advice, here is the adapter I am planning to purchase.

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January 14, 2014 at 03:21:47
The kit itself is similar to many and I have one like it... However I am less than happy with the comments re' power supply and other aspects commented on by some of those who bought that particular set...

I would look a little further and avoid anything that has similar reports and caveats/warnings from others...

My kit (in the UK - where most things are marked up) wasn't as cheap as this Amazon one; but for me this Amazon one is a little suspect (as above) and too cheap to risk/consider. I'd pay a little more for better regarded kit...

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January 14, 2014 at 05:55:57
The adapter I have is known to work well.

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January 14, 2014 at 06:40:48
The one I have- very similar in parts etc. to that one on - is made by siig. Bought in the UK about three years ago I think. Not sure it it's still around wherever or not. Is a usb2 version, and now siig offer them in usb3…

The two OtH suggests look to be a good product (and he doesn't usually advise or recommend duff kit!). Even with the price being twice the one from Amazon, I'd advise go with one of the two OtH posts - or something of similar quality.

Your options are: a dock system that handles either only EIDE, or only SATA - or both.

Or the cable systems (various designs) that again are either only EIDE, or only SATA, or both (as is mine).

But don't buy too cheap a solution!

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