Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




28 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 5


Topic # 95402 2-Jan-2012 18:02
Send private message

Hi all.

I recently damaged the mini-b USB port on my partner's external drive. There's no way I'm getting the USB port to work again but from what I can tell the HDD itself is perfectly fine.

Now unfortunately the drive contains almost a lifetime of archived photo albums and the like so now I'm in the dog-box pretty bad. I want to open this thing up to see if I can jack it into my laptop to retrieve all the data but I'm unsure what I'll find in there and untill I'm sure she won't let me touch it.

So my question is, does anyone know what kind of connections these external hard drives use to connect to the mini-b USB ports? The hard drive in question is a Seagate Expansion 1.4TB drive, with a black outer shell (not designed to be opened so i'll be sacraficing the shell to get to the drive itself). I think the purchase was a bad call itself as I've seen nothing but bad reviews over the net and it's been giving us problems anyway. Might have done her a favour, can get a nice Samsung one now or something.

Thanks in advance.

Create new topic
2894 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 311


  Reply # 563815 2-Jan-2012 18:04
Send private message

3.5"?

Usually a SATA2 Green drive, With custom firmware on the controller board. SO even if you do put it into a PC its possible it won't be recognised.

Makes them near impossible to change the internal drive to something else.



28 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 5


  Reply # 563828 2-Jan-2012 19:23
Send private message

Yes 3.5". So there's a SATA cable connection? I've found a bit of info this avo.. should've googled harder I guess.

Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.