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USB port on external hard drive broke. How can I access it?

Q: USB port on external hard drive broke. How can I access it?

I have a 2 TB Western Digital My Book 3.0. The USB Port on my hard drive broke, so I can no longer access it on my laptop or desktop via USB. Is there any other way for me to access my data? Would I have to open it up?

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A: USB port on external hard drive broke. How can I access it?

Short of taking it somewhere for repair, it sounds like you're going to have to open up the case to get inside the drive. Once you've done that, you have two options:

1) If the connector is still functional you can connect it to your computer with the case removed and transfer your data, or

2) You can disconnect the bare drive from the guts in your case and connect it directly to your motherboard so that you can read the data from it.

....or purchase another enclosure of the correct size 2.5inch or 3.5inch

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I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Essentials, it's filled with tons of old photos, movies, docs, games, and I'm scared to think of what else. The SATA to USB connector broke on it, so I took the drive apart and put it inside my computer. I opened up device manager because it wasn't showing up automatically and the 2TB is showing up as unallocated, I'm freaking out now because I'm scared the data was somehow deleted.

What do I do?

edit: I realize also this isn't directly related to Windows 8 (besides the fact it's the OS I'm on), but I don't know where else to post it. I'd also like to say that I had a really deep feeling the drive was going to break continually for about two weeks before it happened, so if you have a similar feeling about something, don't ignore it!

A:External hard drive shell broke, salvaged internal drive

As long as your hard disk is still spinning & recognized by Windows, the data in your hard disk is still there, just the File Allocation Table got corrupted, You'll have a good chance to recover your data. What you need is a data recovery program, I use this program in the past:

Data Recovery Software Products - Runtime Software Products

In the mean time, leave this hard disk alone, do not initialize or format it when Windows offers to do so.

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Easiest fix would be to get a new bare laptop HD from NewEgg.com. Probably $125.00 or less depend on the storage size (GigaBytes)

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A:External Hard drive/USB Port Problem

Odd situation. Have you tried looking for a BIOS update for your motherboard or an updated driver for your USB?
 

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A:USB Port not recognizing external Hard drive

Changed title to "USB port" from "USB drive", the drive connects to the USB port/connector.
 
Louis

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Hello @jerryemery, Welcome back to the HP Support Forums! I read your post about the USB port issue, and wanted to assist you! Try reviewing the following resource, and let me know if it helps:USB 3.0 External Hard Drive not recognized in Windows 8.1/10(Not an HP supported Web site). Please let me know if this information helps you resolve the issue by marking this post as "Accept as Solution", this will help others easily find the information they may be looking for.  Also, clicking the Thumbs up below is a great way to say thanks! Have a great day!

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A:Plastic tab on SATA drive port broke off

Oh boy do I know the feeling, I once pulled off the same thing from a month old mobo, but I was able to find a replacement in a shop and soldered it back, maybe you can do the same ? Try finding a female SATA and soldering the other end of it to the HDD ?
 

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A:Cannot access external hard drive.

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A:External Hard Drive No Access

What operating system is on the PC?
 

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A:Can't access my external hard drive :(

I would first try removing the drive from the enclosure and installing it in the computer direct. The drive may be fine just a bad enclosure. Also I have had luck running drives at different angles when they don't want to start. If that doesn't work and the drive is spinning up you could download some recovery software, This one is a sourceforge project with pretty good rankings so you may give it a try.

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A:Can't access external hard drive

In My Computer, Right click on it and select "Format".

wrs
 

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A:Cannot access external hard drive

You may be able to access this drive with a Linux Boot disk like Ubuntu:
http://www.ubuntu.com/
 

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A:cannot access external hard drive

Discs do go bad and that may be the case here. I suggest you download the diagnostic utility from the HD manufacturer and run it.

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A:I Can't Access My External Hard Drive

If you go to "my computer " can you see it? If so rightclick and than propperties. What do you see there?

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A:How do I access my external hard drive to fix it?

Do you have data on that disk that you want to keep.

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A:Can't access my external hard drive

see if you can take ownership
 

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A:Can't Access External Hard Drive

I am assuming Disk1 298gb unallocated is the drive you are talking about ?

Can you right click on it & initialize it ? Not format it ! And assign it a drive letter.

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A:Can't Access my External Hard Drive

have a look in computer manager
on XP its here - not sure of vista
control panel
admin tools
computer management
disk management
then look and see how its been assigned and what condition its in
 

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32 bit external hard drive means? Is there a 32 bit OS installed?

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A:Cant access my external hard drive,bad regions?

Some of the best data recovery software out there

http://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm

you need to know if the drive was formatted NTFS or FAT

if the hard drive is failing (most likely) this may not get all the data.
 

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A:I can't access my samsung external hard drive. please please help

Hi, everyone.
I have a samsung s2 640GB hard drive.Now I can't seem to access this.
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please helip me

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A:Cannot access external hard drive via USB adapter in Win 8.1

Did you try setting the bios and try to boot off the "bad" drive? If it works, just copy the info you need onto another backup device. Reinstall the info on your new HD after rebooting. You can change your boot order back, but it isn't essential as long as no USB device is plugged in.

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A:I can't access my samsung external hard drive. please please help

Hi,

Can you please post a picture/image of your Disk Management?

Regards,
Golden

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How is the drive powered?
 

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Did you assign it a drive letter?

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Q: drive isn't your external drive - its the default drive assignment for the pre-installed Microsoft Office installation.

Post a screen capture image of your Disk Management screen here - attach it directly using the paperclip icon (see image below), not a 3rd party site please.

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A:Access Denied External Hard Drive

Open your Computer and right click your External Hard Drive.
Go to Properties.
Click Security.
Click Edit under a quote "To change permissions, click Edit."
Click Add.
Type in "everyone" in the white box.
Then check in the box "Full Control".
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Add Everyone back, can you access it then?

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A:Can't access files on external hard drive

To ascertain if its the drive or the laptop that's the issue, see if you can access the files on the external drive on your pc and if you can't then issue the drive is the problem. If you can then the usb ports on her laptop are the issue.

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A:Access denied to external Hard Drive

Hello rijurocker, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You set the owner of the O: drive to Everyone, but did you also set access permissions to give "Full control" to Everyone as well?

Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8

Permissions - Allow or Deny Access to Users and Groups in Windows 8

To make doing both easier to do:

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A:Gaining Access on External Hard Drive

This should do the trick.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421
 

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With the drive hooked up, can you go to My Computer and see the drive? If not, go to Start/Run and type diskmgmt.msc and hit enter. In the Disk Management do you see your Drive? Can you post a Screen Shot of Disk Management?

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Interesting problem. I, too, have the same external drive but when plugged into my USB3 port it shows up as TOSHIBA EXT (E: ).

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Similar thing happened to me.. I'd love to hear an answer on how to recover the data as some of it is rather important.. Good luck DJC, I'll check back in and hopefully we will have our files back!!
 

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A:Unable to access external hard drive

The Master Boot Record (MBR) may be corrupt. You may have to format the drive again, loosing any data on the drive
 

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A:[SOLVED] Can't access external hard drive

Hello and welcome to TSF, wedegnar!

Are you the owner of the drive?

Right-click and select Properties. Select the Security tab. Click Advanced. Select the Owner tab.

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A:how to access data on external hard drive

First, is the drive connected via USB, eSATA or Firewire?

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A:Gaining access to external hard drive

I tried opening command prompt as administrator and typed
cacls ?Path to folder\folder name? /E /T /C /G Administrators:F
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A:Solved: Can't access new external hard drive

Assuming Windows XP: Start> Control Panel> Administrative Tools> Computer Management> Disk Management.

Right-click the drive and create a partition. Then format it. Do it all in Disk Management.
 

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A:last access date of external hard drive in win 7

Event Viewer (System) might have logged it.
Control Panel > Admin Tools > Event Viewer

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FYI here are pix of BIOS main page and configuration info (USB legacy is enabled).

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Hi, Problem solved! I looked in your wiki and found a reference to HDD health at http://panterasoft.com/, downloaded the software and clicked on it in the list of programs. Immediately I had the 'upload your pictures to Dropbox' window, and, lo and behold, I could suddenly access the hard drive again. Coincidence or what? Many thanks to your website for help with solving two problems.
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Do you have access to another computer that you can plug it into? You need to find out if it is your computer or the new HD? Have you successfully used that USB port for other hardware?
 

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A:Cannot access external hard drive ( Western Digital)

I would run CHKDSK /R driveletter:

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A:Unable to access both partitions on external hard drive

Back-up all your data on the first partition.​
Right click on "My computer" and click "manage".This should take you to the computer management screen.​
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A:External hard drive detected but cannot access content

"Is my hard drive corrupted?" Most likely yes. Please learn to back up important data on CD, DVD or Blu-Ray media. These type media are non-volatile and are better than solid state memory flash drives
 

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Hi bokiopaki, welcome to TSF..

have you tried running chkdsk on the drive...probably an idea to add /r /f switches.

Are you able to plug the device into another machine to see if the file structure is intact there?

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A:Can't access user's folder on any external hard drive

Hello Fadsnet, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like you may need to take ownership of the folder, and "Allow" your user account "Full control" of the folder before you will have access.

How to Take Ownership of a Item in Vista and Windows 7

Take Ownership Shortcut

Hope this helps,
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A:[SOLVED] I Screwed Up & Now Cannot Access External Hard Drive

Hey Guys, Never mind the post. For some reason after 3 restarts the external hard drive was recognized and I was able to delete the faulty autorun and ico files. WHEW! I was really scared I had a 1 tb brick. Thanks

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Here are a couple of links that could save you :

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A:Solved: Unable to access external hard drive

Have you tried a system restore to see if you can get back to where you were?
 

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A:Access to folders denied on external Hard drive

Yours is a routine situation , there's an easy resolution.How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421 Louis

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A long shot:

I assume that for a valid system image, it needs to be in the original folder (WindowsImageBackup) on the ORIGINAL drive it was on AND the associated shadow storage entry ("vssadmin list shadows" command) must be around.

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Thanks in advance.

J29

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I purchased an external hard drive from a second hand store Toshiba Canvio Connect GB USB and I have a General Hard Access Questions - and External Drive Reformatting few questions on it Background When I first plugged in an error popped up saying the USB drive needed repair I clicked OK and it External Hard Drive - Reformatting and General Access Questions failed I opened the properties and the disk space claimed used I tried scanning the disk for viruses and malware before I tried opening it and that also failed Then I attempted to open the folder it prompted quot Access Denied quot I clicked around in properties but wasn't authorized to change any settings After about minutes it opened I then tried the virus scan again and it worked scanning the files I later found plus a bunch of recycle bin files that I couldn't find Inside were videos for a project the prior owner had apparently been working on I tried to delete these files and it wouldn't let me No option for it and I got the red cross of quot not happening quot when I tried dragging to the recycle bin So I right clicked the folder and selected format I code quot Restore Device Defaults quot and quot Quick Format quot and it failed I then tried unchecking quick format and it started but the process bar made no progress I tried to cancel and it wouldn't let me - my options were retry the cancel or press cancel to cancel abruptly I canceled abruptly and the disk under my computer disappeared I unplugged and replugged the USB adapter and a prompt saying I need to format came up I clicked OK tried Quick Format again with no success and resorted to the full format probably better anyway It's been running for nearly hours and isn't quite to yet It also says GB capacity when the drive is rated at GB My ultimate question - is this all normal Should reformatting take this long Are the accessibility problems a consequence of settings from the previous owner Does it sound like the drive may be damaged I'm not computer literate I'm proud I got a far as I did on my own and I have days to return this if it was a bad buy Please help clarify these issues

A:External Hard Drive - Reformatting and General Access Questions

yes; I do believe formatting can take awhile depending on how large the disk is. It is possible the drive may have some sort of internal hardware issue(s). If after the full format completes you still cant access the drive properly, etc.; then yes i would say there is a internal hardware issue and you should probably try and get a refund on it and get a new drive instead of a second hand drive if possible.

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