Western Digital Passport Drive
“This is a design flaw, in my opinion, and will factor into my next hard drive purchase decision.”
Bringing It In
A customer came in the store recently with a WD passport drive. The USB 3.0 port had snapped cleanly off of the circuit board. Generally speaking, this doesn’t harm the data on the drive but it does make it inaccessible. That port is how your computer accesses the drive.
Thinking I could ‘simply’ remove the hard drive from it’s enclosure and mount it in my shop PC to recover the data, I opened it up. And subsequently found WD does not provide a SATA connector in these drives. What that means is that if these ports break, the only real solution is to solder the micro connections again or mount the drive to another circuit board of the same design. This is a design flaw, im my opinion, and will factor into my next hard drive purchase decision.