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friend of mine tries to use External HDD as internal SATA, hilarity ensues

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He has this 750 GB Western Digital My Passport HDD, in USB 3.

so he asks me if it is possible to use it in his laptop inside, and i say yes, IF it has an actual SATA connector and not completely USB, it should be a USB controller attached to it.

So he takes the thing apart, and he sees no SATA connector and thus completely USB. Undaunted, he proceeds to rip out the green circuit board that is on the back of the HDD, and now we have a HDD with no way to connect to anything now.

So, now what?
     
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So you can't put the green circuit board back in? Should be able to screw in.
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er, no, more like all ripped apart in shards.
     
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post #4 of 9
ebay a new one. Or call WD and ask them to send you a new one. Don't expect it to be free though, or cheap for that matter.
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The 1TB and 750GB drives of that particular model are not industry "standard" SATA drives. That Micro-B connector is attached directly to the mainboard of the hard drive. Instead of having a SATA interface connected to a USB board, it just skipped the SATA interface. This saves cost for WD and means you cannot take this drive out of the enclosure and use it internally.

Personally I wouldn't let him anywhere near anything computing related..
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beers!!! You're a mod!!! Awesome! congrats!

send the drive away to have the platter taken out and placed in another HDD. if the informations that important.
    
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Post pictures. And video.
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post #8 of 9
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i tried, he wouldn't let me take pics of his fail,

but basically it's shredded circuit board everywhere, and a HDD that cannot connect to ANYthing now.
     
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post #9 of 9
Thats funny, every external HD I've ever ripped apart has always been either standard IDE or SATA. I didnt think it was cost effective for companies to produce a true USB interface.
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