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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

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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.

So,
1) SATA
2) Desktop size harddrive - 3.5

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

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3672394&CatId=2780

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

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

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