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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!

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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:

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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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Changed title to "USB port" from "USB drive", the drive connects to the USB port/connector.
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A:Plastic tab on SATA drive port broke off

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A:Cannot access external hard drive.

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What operating system is on the PC?
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A:Can't access external hard drive

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

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A:cannot access external hard drive

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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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Do you have data on that disk that you want to keep.
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I am assuming Disk1 298gb unallocated is the drive you are talking about ?

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A:Can't Access my External Hard Drive

have a look in computer manager
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A:Cant access my external hard drive,bad regions?

Some of the best data recovery software out there

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

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

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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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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.
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Add Everyone back, can you access it then?
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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

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Hello and welcome to the Tenforums!

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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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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First, is the drive connected via USB, eSATA or Firewire?
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Hi, Problem solved! I looked in your wiki and found a reference to HDD health at, 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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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:Can't access external hard drive (error 100, table is bad)

Hi bokiopaki, welcome to TSF..

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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.

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