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I have a western digital passport hd that went bad

Is there any way I can swap out that hard drive and buy my own and put it into the western digital passport enclosure?

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Possible, it can be, anything is, but practical? no. Check on the Western Digital website for warranty (all units have a limited one you can send back to them, they do this so they don't have to credit companies for store returns with massive carrying charges). I will have to send mine back too.

As far as cracking it open, depending what model you may have fortune with this but can you solder connections on a board? not sure how it goes on all models, if I can get someone a new unit and not swap I try to when I hear this complaint... make them pay for their lack of R&D (the company)

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Your HD is dead.. You can replace the drive inside the case if you don't want to buy a whole new passport. You just need to buy the right type. It is most likely Serial ATA, SATA, but it might also be a Parrallel ATA. PATA. Also you can go with a larger capacity.
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Check the warranty on it, to see if W.D. will replace it, at minimal cost to you. If the warranty has expired, W.D. has a "Customer Loyalty" program -- buy a new Passport through their web-site, and you qualify for a discount on your purchase.

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This type of failure is common to all manufacturers.

The enclosure swap is something you can do yourself. The hardest bit is actually opening the case on the passport. Any computer shop should be able to do it for about $40 or less.

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