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Usb connection on my attache maxfile broke. I still have the harddrive and need a new clamshell with usb plug.

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You should be able to buy a USB enclosure from any well stocked independant computer store or online store, i.e. NewEgg or TigerDirect, to put that HDD in. I believe they are available for any standard or laptop IDE/SATA HDD. The enclosure should come with the cabling/connections to install the drive. If the drive is still functional, it should be "plug and play" once you put it into a new enclosure.

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Hi, the USB connection on the hard drive has come loose, how do I fix this? Do I need a new case or housing? Thanks

Yes sir it can, and your first conclusion was correct. The external enclosure itself is replaced.

There are two types of harddrives used at present. The old technology of IDE (PATA), and the newer technology of SATA.

You have a 2TeraByte Western Digital harddrive. (2.0TB)
Due to it's size I know it uses the SATA technology.

However look on the harddrive's label, and see if it states SATA, or look up the manufacturer code on the label, on the internet.

Example; WD2500BEVS
Western Digital harddrive that is 250GB in size, and uses the SATA technology.

Harddrives also come in two main sizes.
Laptop computer harddrives are 2.5 inches across in width.
2-1/2 Inches.
Desktop computer harddrives are 3.5 inches across in width.
3-1/2 inches.

From the camera views I can see it is a desktop size harddrive.

2) Desktop size harddrive - 3.5

If the above holds true you need a 3.5 SATA external enclosure.
This is but one example,

The external enclosure has the small interface circuit board, with the USB cable attached to it.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Oct 31, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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Hard drive clicks, fails to read but powers up. Approx 100GB of music files held and needs recovering. Laptop initially picks up drive on connecting to USB port but then drops out due to read failure.Drive...

Inside that plastic external case of the Hitachi XL 1000 external harddrive, is a regular desktop computer sized harddrive.

It is a SATA type of harddrive.
It is 3.5 inches across in Width. (3 and a half inches)
1 TB in size.

Looks similar to this example,

On the back end of the Harddrive is where it's power cable, and data cable are attached.

Inside the case of the Hitachi also is a small circuit board. (PCB or Printed Circuit Board)
The SATA harddrive is connected to this small circuit board.

The small circuit board, or Interface PCB , is attached directly to the Harddrive.
Or cables (Wires) are used to connect it to the Harddrive.
The Interface PCB is connected to the computer, via the USB cable that is attached to the Interface PCB.

It is this small circuit board that usually goes bad.
(Unless the external harddrive was on, and dropped. Then the problem is the Harddrive)

There are two solutions;

One, buy an 3.5 SATA external enclosure, and use the Harddrive as an external harddrive again.

Two, install it as a Slave drive in a desktop computer, and retrieve all your information. Burn to disk/s, or flashdrive/s.

When using a SATA harddrive as a Slave drive, there are NO jumper pins to mess with.
DO NOT change any jumpers on the back of a SATA harddrive.
(These are for the factory)

This is an example of a 3.5 SATA external enclosure,

There are no guides to open a Hitachi XL 1000's case, to my knowledge.
It isn't something the manufacturer wants stated.

However opening the external enclosure (Case) isn't that tough. It falls under the same as this model,

Here we see at 3:00 through 5:00, that the Harddrive is attached directly to the Interface PCB.
Just remove the Harddrive from the chassis, and unplug it from the Interface PCB.

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Oct 02, 2011 | Hitachi 1TB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive

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USB port broke off. Can I connect to something else to get the data off the drive? I cracked open the case and it's a barracuda 7200 but I don't recognize the pin connections. Please help? Thank...

Yes just fixed mine. Went to radio shack bought a gigaware sata 3.5 external enclosure.
Took the harddrive out of old enclosure. pryed off external alluminum case to expose a panel that sticks out to the side where the broken usb plug went. Wiggled that off then placed in new enclosure fits good. secured with old screws. plugged it in and it works great. The new usb plug is much sturdier. The external case cost me about $40.00 and some change but Im glad i retreaved my data. I will never buy another seagate. Hope this helps...Alan

Jan 04, 2011 | Seagate FreeAgent Pro - 500GB, 7200 RPM,...

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I don't know how to attach the usb cable to the external hard drive?

Connecting an external drive is much easier than installing an internal drive because you don't need to open the computer case. The drive attaches to a connector either at the front or the back of the computer case; power is supplied by a separate cable

Available connections. Your PC is likely to have one or more USB 2.0 connections so plug into this your attached harddrive usb wire

Jan 04, 2010 | Maxtor 160GB OneTouch III Mini USB 2.0...

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No blue light on my WD320gb essentials external hard-drive

It is my belief that the circuit board for your Western Digital external harddrive, has failure problems.
Simply put, the circuit board is No good.

I don't know your computer hardware expertise, so please bear with me, if I detail the following information in basic format. It is my intention to explain the basics of how a harddrive works, (Internal or External), so that my solution may be understood in general terms.

What you see right now is an external case. Inside the case is a desktop style harddrive.
(3.5 inches in width)

Inside the harddrive are round Platters, that resemble a CD disk. Depending on the harddrive, there are 3 to 6 Platters. Information is stored on the platters, by means of arranging a magnetic media on both sides of each platter. (There is magnetic media on both sides of each platter)

The magnetic media is arranged by Read/Write heads. These heads are attached to an 'Arm'. The Arm moves the Read/Write head back, and forth, across the platter.
(Like the arm of a phonograph player)

There are Two Read/Write heads for Each platter. One above the platter, one below.
The Write option of the Read/Write head, arranges the magnetic media, for the information put on the platter.

The Read option of the Read/Write head, 'Reads' the information stored on the platter.

All of the above named components are inside a hermetically sealed case, which has an opening to equal pressure with the atmosphere outside of it. There is a special filter in this opening.

All of the above named components are installed in that hermetically sealed case, while in a Clean Room. This room is 99.9% dust free, and the assemblers wear special suits that would make NASA jealous.

The harddrive case Can be opened, But SHOULD NOT be opened! Once the case is opened in anything but a special Clean Room, the harddrive will only last for a few hours.

At the bottom of this case is a Circuit Board. A PCB. (Printed Circuit Board) This circuit board is made specifically for THAT style, size, and type of harddrive, for it's manufacturer. (Western Digital)

This circuit board is a Control Board, for the components I named off above. The circuit board has components on it that can fail very easily. (Electrolytic Capacitors are the ones with the highest fail rate)

It is this component that I believe has failed. You have the option to buy the same type, style, size, and model of Western Digital harddrive, and borrow it's circuit board.

The circuit board is attached with screws to the bottom of the main harddrive case. There are small connectors to disconnect, and that's it.
Remove the circuit board from your defunct one, install this one. I would transfer all of your important information, then trash this harddrive. Replace the circuit board back into the one you bought, and use it.

(Your external harddrive case opens like a clamshell. It's made of two halves. There are screws that hold the two halves together. 4 of them. The screw heads are hidden under the labels of the case)

I apologize for the length of this solution, and hope you can make sense of it.

A new harddrive, and borrowing the circuit board from it, will be MUCH cheaper than having a data recovery shop recover your information! (Generally they charge $75 an hour, and it usually takes a while. You can buy a new harddrive for Much less,

The above is an example. It is Not a direct example. You need to view the model number that is on the case's label, for the harddrive inside your external harddrive enclosure. You need THE same one)

Sep 10, 2009 | Western Digital Elements powered by WD 320...

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Female end of USB broken inside external hard drive

try opening it up, screw loose the connection with your usb (the whole component) and then directly plug it into your computer with the plug that goes into harddrive:)

Apr 03, 2009 | Seagate FreeAgent Go 120 GB USB 2.0 Hard...

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Will the ms9327e + (usb) support a SATA drive?

well it depends on what board you have.

your best bet is to look on the motherboard.

the SATA connection looks almost identical to the connection on the harddrive, so you can use that for reference.

on the harddrive you will see 2 plugs. the smaller one plugs into the motherboard and the larger one is power.

for power, power adaptors are made to convert the standard 4 pin connector to a SATA one.

Feb 24, 2009 | Matsonic MS9327E (MS9327E+(USB))...

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IBook Clamshell Startup problem after Upgrade

Given that the "power ring" no longer lights up, I am wondering if the DC-in board is mis-connected in some way. No light = no power going to logic board, and no power going to charge the battery.

An alternative test would be to borrow a charged battery from another clamshell. If the machine boots, you know that there's something askew with the DC-in board.

BTW, there are excellent take-apart guides for iBooks at

Feb 07, 2008 | Apple iBook G3 Mac Notebook

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I think you are using an 2.5" notebook hard disk drive into this external case which hasn't got an extra power supply.

Since you're using an USB1.1 connection this could be a USB1.1 issue, USB2 returns more power to the connected device, since you connected you harddrive too an USB1.1 port you might need an USB cable which you can plug into 2 USB ports.

By doing this one USB port will provide the power to spin the drive up (which needs a lot of power) and the other cable will be able to focus on the data transfer.

You can also check your disk manager, it could be the drive is requesting a drive letter that's aready in use by another device. Go to start -> right mouse click on My Computer -> manage -> storage -> disk management. If the device is within this list you might attach another drive letter to it by doing the following. Right mouse click on the disk -> Change drive letter and paths and there you change the current drive letter into another one.

Jan 30, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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