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AsifSaddique 836

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Unfortunately my 2.5 4tb external wd drive started playing up , only had it for just over a year and now it’s vibrating and pc doesn’t recognise it, wish I kept a backup!
 

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Unfortunately my 2.5 4tb external wd drive started playing up , only had it for just over a year and now it’s vibrating and pc doesn’t recognise it, wish I kept a backup!
External drives, it's usually the USB circuitry that fails.

Often if you break it down and remove the drive, the drive is still fully functional.
 
Do I need to open it further, how can I fit that in my PC.? I haven’t done my research on which connectors/cable I require though

Once you have removed the drive, it just slots in like any normal HDD...so you will need the cable that connects the HDD to the PSU and one that connects the HDD to the motherboard's SATA connection.

You would have got spare SATA power cables with your PC when you got it as the PSU normally has a couple or more. The SATA motherboard cable you need something like this:

SATA Data cable
 

AsifSaddique 836

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Thanks for that, yeah got plenty of cables from PC.

From this pic, do I need to detach the drive further from the pc board? Looks like this is a custom built board for the drive.
 

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I believe, and I say that as I am not 100% sure, that the connector there is the USB connector. If I'm right, then that circuit board will be removable. This is what a HDD would normally look like on the connector end:

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However, I haven't seen a WD drive for many years and no idea if the drives in the Elements enclosure are different or not
 

Aza

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No. Its only the outer shell (which youve already removed) what you have left in the photo is the full HDD
In your welcome pack (should of got a cardboard box with the manuals n stuff in) you should have spare sata leads and power cables.

Normally there are spare power connections already available in the case already, have a look at whats tucked in the back of the machine, theyre daisychained and often spare unusued cables or a spare port on a cable where theres 3 or 4 on one cable. The SATA data lead will be in the box and your motherboard manual should have a diagram showing you were your ports are.

This is a SSD, but cables are the same.

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Aza

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I believe, and I say that as I am not 100% sure, that the connector there is the USB connector. If I'm right, then that circuit board will be removable. This is what a HDD would normally look like on the connector end:

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However, I haven't seen a WD drive for many years and no idea if the drives in the Elements enclosure are different or not
Oh I see what you mean.... I thought he was talking about taking the metal plate off!
 

Aza

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Id take a good look at it up close before you remove any parts though, I wouldnt of thought a USB adaptor would span the whole underside of the drive like it appears to.... and they have a circuit board on one side anyway, Any chance you can get a few picks up, up close and sides/underside etc.... might be the USB bit is hardwired to the actual drive rather than an adaptor you can take off.
 
Can you turn the drive upside down (to the position it was in from the pic you posted earlier) so we can see the underside of it please? We will then be able to tell if the board is supposed to be removed or not
 
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