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Solved External disk drive appears faulty

January 26, 2021 at 09:33:11
Specs: Windows 10, 8gb
I've got a Western Digital external drive that appears to have failed. Does anyone know whether/how it can be opened to possibly replace the failed drive?

The only info I have regarding the model (WD Elements) is the following codes:

S/N WX61A8424E2E

Thanks in advance

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January 26, 2021 at 09:38:00

Might help, usually, it's just a bunch of clips between all external hard drive that I know off, so the procedure should be relatively the same.

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January 26, 2021 at 11:04:27
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A check on the drive in question - and the whole series of WD drives like this one - shows it's dependent on the usb motherboard entirely for data in/out; there is no SATA connector on the drive itself. Whilst it's not soldered to the motherboard it does have connections to it - but not via a SATA connector.

Which does limit options to extracting data from the drive - if that is ok and the usb board is what's failed?

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