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Windows 7: SATA HD To USB Cable (External HD To PC)

17 Jan 2013   #11
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Have you reassembled it correctly first? It may not be functioning correctly now that you jimmied it open. Was it working previously?

Is it detected in Explorer to run Disk Check? If not try Partition Wizard Check File System followed by Partition Wizard Partition surface test

If these fail then I would disassemble the HD and plug it via converter cable into a SATA port, test the HD using the maker's HD Diagnostic followed by full Disk Check.

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19 Jan 2013   #12

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Robert11 View Post
Hi Guys,

First, thanks for All the help and suggestions.
Much appreciated.

Thought I'd open up the case first to see what the insides look like before ordering any SATA cables.

The appears to be no SATA connector; just the power and USB connectors from a PC board that is part of the drive itself, underneath a perforsted metal shield (which I did not remove).
Should I remove this metal shield ?

There is also a flat metal (no perforations) "plate" on the other side screwed into the HD.
This one has the Seagate label glued to it.

Hate to appear dumber than I am, will blame it on old age now, but where is the SATA connector ?
Is there one for this particular class of drive ?

And, there is a thin metallic silvery strip running along one of the edges inside of the case. 6" long.
Has a black and red wire going from it into the drive PC board.
And a yellow and black wire connecting both ends of this strip.
Any idea what this is ?

The label on the HD says: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 750 GB
P/N 9BX156-568

Thanks again.
Would sure like to get the data off of it. Turning into an interesting project.

Hi there
sounds like you have a similar disk that I had and am using now as an internal HDD.
Get the base disk off the container -- just pull off any attached connectors --get the barebones disk drive out of the enclosure

Those Barracudas are 7200 RPM drives and are decent performers so it's worth saving however you look at it. 750 GB is a decent size too.

The metal plate probably just holds the DISK into the container -- don't pull off the metal disk CASE however.

it should look something like this - screenshot enc.

It's possible also on the older types power is supplied (for an external drive) by the 4 pin connector where I've marked it in blue as these were done so older Power units could be used with modern mobos to supply power for SATA drives using the older 4 pin IDE power cables.

You don't need to use that any more as the two sata connectors or on the right (DATA and power) will supply the power and correctly connect the drive to the MOBO.

If you don't have enough SATA power connectors from your power unit just plug the SATA data connector to the MOBO and use one of the 4 pin IDE power connectors where I've got the blue arrow --or use an IDE to SATA IDE power cable adapter like I've shown in a previous post in the thread.

Don't throw the HDD away - it's definitely useful and useable.

(With the money you save by not buying another disk to replace this one you could even get an SSD !!!).


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