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Windows 7: Questions about my new harddrive

09 Oct 2011   #21
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SledgeDG View Post
Provided the HDD is in some kind of enclosure, there should be at least 2-4 screws to open it. Possibly hidden under stickers of some sort. And yes, Corazon is right, they mostly put drives in there that would otherwise not sell anymore
like 54000rpm/IDE drives instead of 7200 rpm SATAs

-DG
Oh well everything better than a 10 year old discontinued HDD, imma try removing the case thanks!


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09 Oct 2011   #22
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

It appears the HDD is not a SATA/IDE drive, it only has a USB port - how do I make it a SATA/IDE?

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09 Oct 2011   #23
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

I bet that USB port is just a tiny circuit board plugged into the drive's own IDE or SATA interface. Those four black rubber things around the corners aren't part of the drive either, you can probably just pull them off and then you should see how you can detach the board with the USB jack on it.

I don't think there is such a thing as a harddisk with a native USB interface and nothing else...
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09 Oct 2011   #24
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
I bet that USB port is just a tiny circuit board plugged into the drive's own IDE or SATA interface. Those four black rubber things around the corners aren't part of the drive either, you can probably just pull them off and then you should see how you can detach the board with the USB jack on it.

I don't think there is such a thing as a harddisk with a native USB interface and nothing else...
Actually that's a picture I found on the internet of the HDD without the case, I didn't tried to open the case yet since the case doesn't have any screws, see picture below. Should I break it open?

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10 Oct 2011   #25
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Ah, I see.
Yes, if you're absolutely sure you won't be using the drive in its external case anymore, go ahead and break the case - but be careful not to damage the drive inside. Let us know if you succeed.

Last-minute thought: since there are no screws, the case is probably molded plastic glued together along the sides...look for a tiny groove and try to lift it open with a flat screwdriver.
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11 Oct 2011   #26
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Okay, so I opened the case and the HDD indeed only has a USB port - I can't screw open the HDD itself since I don't have the screwdriver for those sort of screws. Can there still be a SATA/IDE interface in it? Because I don't feel like spending more money for a screwdriver if it doesn't have a SATA/IDE interface.

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11 Oct 2011   #27
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

That USB thing should come right off with a gentle pull - usually these are just mini-boards plugged into the SATA interface.

Do not
attempt to unscrew the harddisk. It's sealed airtight and you'll break the seal and pretty much destroy the disk if you mess with those screws.
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12 Oct 2011   #28
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
That USB thing should come right off with a gentle pull - usually these are just mini-boards plugged into the SATA interface.

Do not
attempt to unscrew the harddisk. It's sealed airtight and you'll break the seal and pretty much destroy the disk if you mess with those screws.
I tried to pull it out but I can't, it's molded to the HDD interface. And behind that port there's nothing else connected to it, behind it is a black part. Seems it's just a USB HDD...?

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12 Oct 2011   #29
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Sorry, I'm stumped. Actually I'm surprised to see that, apparently, USB-only drives really do exist. Never seen anything like this before.

I guess you can either keep it as an external backup drive (it's never a bad idea to have one) or just sell it if you really don't want it.
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14 Oct 2011   #30
CommandoBob

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Hmm okay, last question: Is there some kind of USB to SATA cable or something?
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