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Western Digital WD800

The USB Connect Plug on the hard drive broke off the curcuit board. I can I am wondering if I can but a replacement board to connect into the drive.

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Nope..those drives are self contained, and only repairable that way in clean room environment at you can do is recover your data, and start fresh

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I have dropped the drive and the usb conector has broken off the little curcuit boards in side were can l get a new board


To the best of my knowledge Western Digital doesn't offer spare internal parts for these drives but that really doesn't matter. As long as the hard drive inside the enclosure survived the fall, which they usually do if they are powered down during the fall. You can pop into pretty much any PC shop and purchase a new drive enclosure, ask for a 3.5" Sata enclosure.

If you are capable of removing the drive from the My Book you should have no problem installing it in a new enclosure. If you want to do this a bit cheaper you may be able to find someone selling a failed unit on eBay and salvage the parts yourself. I would recommend a new enclosure however as you never know exactly what's wrong with failed units.

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My WD800 external drive sounds like it is not "spinning up" and I hear a constant clicking sound coming from the drive. Is it "toast"?

The drive is toast, that is a common sound from a western digital drive when the heads are banging against the platters.

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My WD800 hardrive fell down and now its not

Try connecting it to some other computer, and see if you can retrieve it. Also try a different OS too if it does not work.

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The hdd does spin but is not detected

A clicking noise from a hard drive typically indicates that the drive is about to fail or has failed completely. If the drive is still under warranty, contact Western Digital for a replacement drive. If not, you will need to purchase a new hard drive. There are services to recover some of the data off of a failed hard drive, but the rates can be quite high.

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The port where I plug the cable coming from the computer to the external hard drive broke off the circuit board in the external hard drive. Can I fix it or get a repacement circuit board? Thanks

Your best bet would be to by a replacement enclosure. Online retailers like can sell you one. Find out if your hard disk is SATA or IDE. You can then buy an appropriate external enclosure and move the hard drive inside your WD encloseure into the new one.

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I have a western digital usb 2.0 portable 80gb drive

i solved the problem by replacing the hard drive encloser that comes with the damaged usb connector attached to the board.

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Western digital wd800

I would look on ebay. A problem you might encounter is that all drives contain spots that can't be written to and each drive has these spots listed in the original circuit. So, if you use a board from another drive, you can imagine that it will be trying to read your drive like it would have read the original drive. You might want to research this more as I am remembering this info from research I did quite a while ago. My memory is a little foggy on it.

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