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Old 10-29-2018, 12:31 AM   #1
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Hello,

My external hard drive could no longer be recognized.

After researching, I am hoping that the hard drive is OK, and maybe only the SATA card is non-functional. I'd like to try to access the hard drive with an adapter. Which adapters should I buy for a Western Digital Caviar Green 2.0 TB WD20EARS hard drive? I believe I need a USB to SATA adapter and a power adapter.

Thanks so much for your help!
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This will work, https://www.amazon.com/Vantec-CB-ISA.../dp/B000J01I1G


If you have a Desktop computer, you could plug the drive into the motherboard also.
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Here is another: https://www.amazon.com/AGPtek-Drive-...8-4&ref=sr_1_4
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Thank you both. I only have a laptop PC, no desktop unit.

One more question - is there any particular external hard drive you prefer? My IT friend likes Seagate Slim models. I realize they're all liable to fail. Thanks again!!
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Seagate used to be one of the top brands, but now seems to have the highest failure rate. WD is arguably one of the best brands.
You do not need to get one of their already made units, you can buy a Bare 2.5" or 3.5" HDD and put it into your own enclosure, preferably one with a power adapter and fan, if available. And just assemble it yourself.
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Seagate used to be one of the top brands, but now seems to have the highest failure rate. WD is arguably one of the best brands.
You do not need to get one of their already made units, you can buy a Bare 2.5" or 3.5" HDD and put it into your own enclosure, preferably one with a power adapter and fan, if available. And just assemble it yourself.
Thank you, spunk.funk!
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Thank you both. I only have a laptop PC, no desktop unit.

One more question - is there any particular external hard drive you prefer? My IT friend likes Seagate Slim models. I realize they're all liable to fail. Thanks again!!
I've had the worst experience with WD, Seagate, Toshiba and Samsung prebuilt external drives and no problems with Transcend prebuilt ones, which usually have WD drives inside. I like Transcend for their shock-proof enclosures, and if you wanna go extreme, they've got rugged builds that are even tougher. The self-built option is great though, with lots of choices in enclosures and HDD. It's the path I'd follow. If it's something I'll be moving around with, I'd go for a 2.5" form factor, otherwise, a 3.5" with a power supply and fan.
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