External Hard drive info - Damaged USB port

  Teastripe 00:40 02 Jul 2013

Hello, first post :) So;

I have a hard drive with information on it, but the USB in port on it is damaged. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on what i should do - I know that there are people who provide data recovery services though i've never used one. I was wondering how hard it was to do - and whether It's something that I should try myself? How much would something like this usually cost?

I wanted to upload some images but i can't see an option for that (maybe I'm missing something) Not sure if this generates an email prompt for posts either...

Any info appreciated though, cheers!

  Chronos the 2nd 04:55 02 Jul 2013

I am assuming that you are talking about a harddrive that is in an enclosure, the simplest solution would be to remove it from the caddy and either connect it directly to a PC internally, if you have a desktop, or if you have a laptop, buy another caddy, which are pretty cheap, and connect to your PC that way.

  Teastripe 09:59 02 Jul 2013

Hi Chronos thanks for the response - yes it's an external drive. I've worked out the images now so they're on this post

Its an external drive though yeh...

I'm using a laptop so I think a new caddy would be the solution.

Are they universal? Have you done it before? (easy?)


Model / type of the drive

Damage to the USB port

  Teastripe 10:00 02 Jul 2013

right the pictures worked in the preview but not in the post. great

  Teastripe 10:01 02 Jul 2013

Drive type / model

  Teastripe 10:02 02 Jul 2013

ffs whats with the images on this?

  Teastripe 10:10 02 Jul 2013

Drive type -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9188964115/in/photostream/lightbox/

USB Damage

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9188974321/in/photostream/lightbox/

I wanted to embed or upload the images but (i don't know why) although it shows in the preview it doesn't appear in the post :?

  Teastripe 10:18 02 Jul 2013

I don't know what all them images on the back of the hard drive mean - can't find an index for them online.

  Chronos the 2nd 10:28 02 Jul 2013

Cannot post images on this site, pretty limited as to what you can and cannot add to posts.

I do not know how easy it is to remove the harddrive from the caddy, are there screws that can be removed? If so then yes it will be very simple to install the drive in something like this. Ebay.

By the way that is a Firewire port that is damaged.

  Teastripe 10:34 02 Jul 2013

OH yeh ha, a little mini firewire.

Do you know of an index anywhere that will tell me what the pictures on the back mean?

I'm guessing that the type of internal connection and stuff is in them somewhere.

  onthelimit1 10:46 02 Jul 2013

I'm sure it will be just a standard Seagate drive inside which can be fitted into a new enclosure such as suggested by Chronus. Just check whether it's a 2.5 or 3.5 drive to ensure the correct size enclosure. An alternative is someting like this. You just plug in either size drive.

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