External Hard Drive.... Bad Connection, How can I fix it?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by booste, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. booste macrumors member

    booste

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2009
    Location:
    Canada, In an igloo obviously.
    #1
    I have a western digital 250GB(I think) external HDD... It has been somewhat broken for awhile now.

    It seems as if the connection is very delicate, when I get it to connect properly the slightest movement will disconnect it.

    The only kind of wierd thing is, when it disconnects sometimes it comes up saying I should connect to a USB 2.0 port and I can't access it.

    I have tried using a different mini-USB to USB cable so that isn't the problem...

    I am not afraid to open it up, but I don't want to fully break it because I need it as space to install developer stuff and whatnot on my EEE pc 701 (With a 4GB SSD =S) which I am using until I get a job and buy a alu MB 2.0...

    And I am a bit more tech savy that I think this post makes me out to be.
     
  2. booste thread starter macrumors member

    booste

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2009
    Location:
    Canada, In an igloo obviously.
    #2
    Well, I disassembled it and it turns out it's just an ordinary 2.5" 250GB SATA drive with a sata- miniUSB adapter on it...

    here's a pic (sorry for the quality)

    I'm pretty sure something on that board is the problem... is there any way to fix it? Or am I able to buy another one of those adapters somewhere?

    EDIT: Better quality picture taken with a crappier camera :confused: Also, it seems to be working fine now even when I move it... How could the case be affecting it?
     

    Attached Files:

  3. jknight8907 macrumors 6502a

    jknight8907

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2004
    Location:
    Hudson Valley NY
    #3
    A good rule is if you have to ask, you can't fix it.

    Remove the hard drive from the enclosure board. Buy a new 2.5" enclosure and install the drive in that. And away you go.
     
  4. booste thread starter macrumors member

    booste

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2009
    Location:
    Canada, In an igloo obviously.
    #4
    Yeah that's probably the right idea... I probably wrecked it from dropping it on very hard tiles... more that once :mad:.

    I'll probably get an enclosure later this week :)
     

Share This Page