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I found an old (Western Digital) wd1600u017-005 external hard drive. Can I use my iPhone to see what's on it?

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  • Larry Ng
    Larry Ng Sep 12, 2021

    wow told the drive model (nice) but not the phone , model nor version.
    why not post to phones, the WD is generic, and works on most USB things.(fat32)
    why not try first, after all USB will not catch fire, doing so.... gee try then cry?
    learn to post in PHONES, and gee apple junk just loves to fail lacking applies stinking licenses/.

    iphone forum, here.

    post there, for Iphones any thing./?
    old 160GB drive USB 2006 relic. most are dead.

    found HDD< external , nobody knows on earth if it is good or formatted wrong, wed test it first, not use it,.
    why risk data lost run the SMART test on it using any real PC. (w10)
    the manual says this

    "Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP (refer to the Technical Support section of this guide) Macintosh® ! Available USB port ! Mac® OS 9.2.2 or Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later"

    2006, now 15 years old, never seen any hdd that old me working, and good, not yet, since the first ones 1980s./
    it was formatted day1 new at FAT32.
    if no idea in the world what iphone supports or on all versions of their OS , no me ever. so ask them?

    using a real computer run HDD Spart tests,, ask how, if google fails.

    first google hit asking what formats work.... bingo.
    "apple says the Ex-FAT, FAT-32, HSF+, and APFS formats are supported as far as external storage is concerned, so NTFS is left out"

  • Anonymous Sep 12, 2021

    14 years old is old.
    most phone can not run a USB HDD, due to motor currents it needs, 2watts.
    so they make adapters for that and power pack to do that.
    format it to exFAT, on PC is best, (it has the power to do that and exFAT choice)
    the old HDD may be full of virus, id format it first, long format mode not short fast.

  • Anonymous Sep 12, 2021

    Ok. Thank you for your help. I will look into this.

  • Larry Ng
    Larry Ng Sep 19, 2021

    1; why not try it first.but if infected id format first.
    2: or use exfat format for wider usage on all PC>

    no phone model told or OS version but. yah that matters

    "One of the changes coming with iPadOS and iOS 13 is the ability to connect an external hard drive to your iPhone or iPad. This offers a particularly big productivity boost for iPad Pro users hoping to fully replace a computer with their sleek tablet"

    first google hit on that phones shows

    exfat is great, for moving data from vast PCs, of any kind even linux.

    never NTFS,

    the drive needs power to run, that most phones can not do.(directly) USB
    see link above and see the power pack on HDD.

    power is always first with electronics, for sure HDD over USB, power can be weak.

    that drive is 2007, and is 14 years old , and bad I bet,
    it is so old I SEE NO full spec sheet not found. (real) WD support is weak and zero here.

    most need 200mA to run, 0.2Amps, and most cell phones CAN NOT DO THAT
    just power alone rule 1 so needs and adapter and power pack

    a far better choice is external USB SSD, not HDD, and needs no powerpack to do that.(mostly) 128gb or 250GB.
    but yes it can be made to work with the power adapter.
    best of all is use real PC, that has losts of power in the USB ports as most do, USB 3 blue jacks are best.

    USB 3.0 can provide as much as 900 mA of POWER! at 5vdc and with USB3 cable never USB1.
    and erase the drive and fresh format it to exFat

    windows 10 does this easy. use long format.
    the take the hdd to the phone with the correct power adapter. or use powered USB3 hub, ask for good ones.

  • Anonymous Sep 19, 2021

    the drive has motor that uses lots of startup current,
    and that current flows on USB cable. many cables are too tiny side (old) and fail ,
    and the 5vdc to the drive will need 200mA to start up the motor and speed to 5400 RPM
    if your ear to HDD side shows drive zero sound that mean motor is dead or 5vdc power is weak.
    some will click like mad if power is weak. not good that ever.
    150GB old drives, most were dropped and are dead now.
    2 watts running, at 5v is 440mA, the startup current can be more, and many USB ports made can not handle this power load.

  • Larry Ng
    Larry Ng Sep 19, 2021

    on some hdd the startup current is 10 times running RPM power.
    2.5" is way less due to small platter, and smaller slower motor.
    1amp startup is common
    case in point modern hdd, 2.5" (a fast boot drive, uses lots more current)

    Startup current, +5V (max): 1.0 amps ( vast laptops and phones can not do this ever)
    Seek power (typical): 2.2 watts
    Read power (typical): 2.1 watts (2.1/5v=0.44amps) phones fail this too. not PCs above USB1
    Write power (typical): 2.2 watts
    Idle mode, low power (typical): 0.69 watts
    Standby mode: 0.20 watts (typical)
    Sleep mode: 0.20 watts (typical)
    Voltage tolerance (including noise): +5V ± 5%

  • Larry Ng
    Larry Ng Sep 19, 2021

    the modern HDD external (pass ports) are very different,
    they use smaller motors that are slower to startup.
    and some still do, fail on all very old USB1 laptops and for sure phones (direct)
    HDD are sold for pure raw speed, and those use lots of current (case in point boot drives)
    others are for low current , heck with speed, , as in external drives only. cheap slow but works.

    take any external HDD casing remove the lid, see real drive inside see label, see model on label and makers name, the read the data sheet (real not for no clue owners but for techs or engineers. ) the full spec is there
    like my just above post. that is a fast boot drive.

    power can not be created nor destroyed, only converted,Physics 101
    that means the drive is not solar powered
    and all power must land on the 5vdc pin if the USB cable and must do startup current or the drive fails
    or the wrong power pack used, Classic fail 3.5" drives ALL>
    USB1 to USB3 and USB-c are sold too with charge grade ports, the latter of which can run any 2.5" ever made.

    and now failures #2
    the OS you run can nor find (PnP) or load 14year old external chip set for usb to sata, inside the drive case.
    we are talking 2006 (XP drivers) that say w10 or any modern PC or phone can not run. at all

    and wd does not tell me what chip is there(or id tell you what can run it) nor does WD even show one fact about this relic drive, they deleted legacy data sheets there, THE DOGS.

    we listen for the spin up first.
    if fails to spin up, off to my desktop USB3 (SS) and now it works if not the HDD is toast.
    or using a USB hub. Powered, 2amps rated. mine is 3.

    in many cases I remove the actual drive from the casing, and it is SATA there.
    so I try the drive in a real sata port or my SATA drive docking bay
    if that works the adapter inside the old WD casing is BAD NOT THE DRIVE actual

    there you go, my HDD page. what to do....

  • Anonymous Sep 19, 2021

    boot drives use more current, to start up and boot way way faster the PC and more.
    external are slow, but not overload USB ports, by design but not all..
    spin up time is long, but uses way less current, and way less customer returns.



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You already have some technical information to eye which addresses the intracacies.. You can probably safely ignore my subsequent input but if determined to give it a go, something here may be of use or at least point to what is possible. Here are a couple of supplemental links for consideration. This is "try and see" rahter than "Why yes, I know how to make old hardware work with new."

The following eyes the power issue.

Posted on Sep 12, 2021

Testimonial: "Thank you for the quick response. I saw those and tried it but the iPhone showed nothing in the WD file when it was hooked up. Do you think there is a way to transfer what’s on the old WD hard drive to a not as old WD Passport Wireless model E2B?"

  • Don A
    Don A Sep 18, 2021

    If the data can be read by computer it either be copied or converted into a format accessible by other computing devices, if you have the appropriate conversion program and the devices have compatible formatting. There is even a program called unstoppable copier which retrieves data on drives with errors. But you are going to have to determine how data is formatted on both devices as well as the file type you are seeking to transfer to determine if a particular conversion program will benefit you.



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