USB on Board vs SATA
In 2003 SATA was introduced. Since then almost all drives have had a SATA interface. Most data recovery tools are designed to connect through the SATA connector, and every step of the recovery process usually involves plugging the computer in utilizing the SATA connector.
Up until recently when you purchased a USB external drive, you were getting a SATA drive inside an enclosure that had a board converting the SATA connection to a USB connection. If you had a drive you wanted to upgrade or swap out for any reason, it was easy to just open the enclosure and put in a new standard SATA drive.
Recently most major drive manufactures have started building the USB port directly onto the drive for their external hard drive offerings. This means that there is no longer a standard SATA port on the drive, but rather a USB 3 port is there instead.
Data Recovery For USB Drives
There are some recovery tools that are designed to interface with the drives through the USB port, but some of the more advanced data recovery techniques still require a SATA connection. In cases like this one of the first steps in the data recovery process is to find a donor board that is compatible with the drive but has a SATA port on it instead of a USB port. Finding a compatible board can be difficult, but after a few years I do have most of them ready for use.
The process of switching the USB board for a SATA board can be a little time consuming, so these recoveries will fall under our Standard+ fee at least.
Successful USB Drive Data Recovery!
This particular drive I did have to swap the USB board out for a SATA board during the recovery and was able to get 100% of the data from the drive.
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