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WD External Micro USB 3.0 Drive (that funny connector)

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June 17, 2013 5:55:17 PM

So I am trying to perform data recovery on a 1tb WD External HDD. The connector on the HDD itself is that funky little Micro-b (Micro USB 3.0) that seems to be incompatible with every other connector in the world!

So I have isolated the issue to be the actually connector that's soldered onto the board. My question is: Is there a way to recover data from this drive?

This is what the external view of the connector looks like-
http://c773974.r74.cf2.rackcdn.com/385321_307157_02_bac...

The interal view isn't as promising. On the older usb connections, you used to just be able to pull that whole piece off and directly connect to a SATA docking station.
http://www.legitreviews.com/images/reviews/1951/passpor...

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
June 17, 2013 6:00:58 PM

With the right pinout info, you may be able to solder a USB 2.0 cable to the drive(less wires, but will work).

This actually scares me that they have started putting the USB 2.0/3.0 controller on the drive it self. I have a always just pulled the drive and placed it in a system.

Now I have to look at my WDC My Book more closely.
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June 17, 2013 6:33:41 PM

vmem - Yeah that's actually how the inside of these look. That's a stock photo, not of what i'm working with. I have that cable type already too, it's just the connector is bad. I have already worked with known-good cables.

Nukemaster - i've thought of that, but I was thinking to myself there HAS to be an easier way to go about this...
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