External drives, it's usually the USB circuitry that fails.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!
Il open it up, its a new one bought over a year ago like this
WD 4 TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0, Black https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0713WPGLL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_136794KPTPY2CMBPA4TD
I’ve opened it up but ordered the special screw driver to detach the drive with its little screws , see if I can get it working etcThe Elements drives are standard SATA drives inside....not the easiest to pry open by the looks of it. Here's a video that may (or not) be of use:
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
Oh I see what you mean.... I thought he was talking about taking the metal plate off!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