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How does a external USB SATA drive dock

My fantom titanium 500g external drive recently stopped working .(the drive wont spin) ... can i take the drive out of it and put it in one of these new external USB SATA drive docks? http://www.vantecusa.com/front/product/view_detail/295
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The Solution: ... IT WORKS REALLY ...

Point 1: Remove power from the mains.

Item 2: The device from your PC, remove the USB plug.

Point 3: The USB Titanium External Hard Disc Enclosure Open, just the screws of the housing, with a special wrench to open.
The drive from the connector of the USB connector for one minute to remove, then the hard drive with the connector of the USB connection,
connect together.

Point 3: The hard disk into the housing insert all the screws screw.
PLEASE precisely again check that all connections are properly connected.

Power to the drive plug the USB connector from the HDD to the PC or notebook is already running and the hard drive, as before, during initial installation of the device.

So everything supper dooper easy ...

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Yes you can but whether that would make it work or not is a different story.

It depends if the hard drive is still working or not however it would test for certain whether it is working or not.

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