Sunday, 21 March 2010

Western Digital Passport - now with 50% less hackability!

I have a Western Digital My Passport here from a friend.  It's been dropped, and it's making clicking noises (uh-oh).  I'm trying to see if it's recoverable, so I thought I'd remove the disk and plug it directly onto the motherboard.

After I read a couple of success stories I thought it would be simple.  At least I'd have a free SATA to USB converter if all else failed.  I removed the case and to my surprise WD is now manufacturing the drives with the USB port directly on the (non-removable) hard disk board.

Don't try and tell me this is necessary, the only reason I can see is to stop people (such as myself) re-using the drive in a computer, or using the enclosure with an upgrade / replacement.

I can't speak for your specific My Passport, but here are the details of this one for the Googlers:
S/N: WX80AB962763
R/N: C0B

The serial number is the same as the internal drive.  This drive is stamped with the date 03 Dec 2009.

If you haven't bought a WD yet, don't expect to be able to replace the internal drive with a generic one!

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