I hope someone can help me.
I have a 500GB Western Digital My Book external hard drive, that died. I got in touch with WD and after various confusing emails, it seems that they couldn't replace my drive and if I wanted to retrieve my data it would be costly and take forever blahdy blah. So i thought surely i could do this myself?
It seems fairly common for the chip that powers the drive to go but the drives seem to remain intact, I've seen people use them as regular HD's.
Unfortunately I have a macbook so no tower to plug the drive into.
I have however, seen various cables on ebay that claim to convert SATA to USB 0.2, this is where my knowledge ends though.
I've managed to open the case of the 'my book' and got what looks like a normal HD out. But I am totally unsure on what cable to purchase.
These ebay ones all say SATA 44 pin etc. And that you obviously need a power source for the drive.
Mine has no 'pin' holes. It has two circuit chip looking things sticking out of it, one large and one small - once I have disconnected the 'power chip'. SO how would I power it? ...via the converter cable?
The sticker on the side has a diagram of these chips ( the --- represents the drawing of the chips) and says:
Master/slave jumper not required for SATA
Jumpered pins 3 and 4 enable PUIS (power up in standby)
P15-------P1 S7-----S1 8642
SATA power Serial data Factory Jumper
I've found a few people online with the same poblem and tutorials but for different drives with different insides. My question is, does anyone know what kind of cable I need to hook this up to my macbook via USB So that I can retrieve my data?
other details for drive:
MDL: WD5000AAVS - OOZTBO
Date: 24 Jan 2008