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My laptop had a HDD failure, and it died on me 3 days ago (to be expected of a ~4 year old HDD). Local HDD prices have been on the sky, as high as $140-$150 on 500 GB barebones laptop HDD's. Today i stumbled on an outlet store, where i found a WD My Passport Essential 500 GB for $110, and was one of the last three. Thinking the HDD was just merely a laptop HDD with an adapter, just like the old WD drives, LG drives, Seagate drives... i bought it. I came home, opened it, and... i was surprised

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The HDD had a USB 3.0 connector directly soldered to the PCB! Now i have no money, no returning the disk (outlet store policy), a useless true external HDD, and a dead laptop. Is there any way to either replace the PCB or know the pin layout and set it up for regular SATA connections?
   
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i can only think of is a USB to sata adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=usb+3.0+to+sata+adapter

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What the...?

 

Now there's something I've never seen before. I should really watch out which drives I buy in the future, might run into this too. jealoussmiley.gif

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if you look at your picture, the pins on the right side of the USB port might lead to something...
I bet WD has an adapter that can hook up to that. It just might be a non-standard SATA port of some sort.
If someone can figure out a diagram and figure out which of those pins lead to what, then all we need to do is chop up an SATA cable to hook up to it, along with a 5v, which should be very easy...
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if you look at your picture, the pins on the right side of the USB port might lead to something...
I bet WD has an adapter that can hook up to that. It just might be a non-standard SATA port of some sort.
If someone can figure out a diagram and figure out which of those pins lead to what, then all we need to do is chop up an SATA cable to hook up to it, along with a 5v, which should be very easy...

Those were actually my thoughts, to find or figure out the layout of the pins. Looks there are enough pins for a standard SATA connnector+micro SATA power connector (like the ones on laptop DVD drives)

Too bad i already sold the HDD tongue.gif
   
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