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Topic # 95402 2-Jan-2012 18:02
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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.

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  Reply # 563815 2-Jan-2012 18:04
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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.

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  Reply # 563828 2-Jan-2012 19:23
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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.

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