Seagate USB 2.0 Box HDD External Box with ST9120822A internal PATA drive

The USB 2.0 Box HDD External Box serves as a versatile external enclosure for 2.5" SATA hard drives, allowing users to convert internal hard drives into portable external storage solutions. With USB 2.0 connectivity, it provides a common interface for data transfer with speeds up to 480 Mbps, suitable for general storage and backup needs. Installation is straightforward, involving connecting the internal hard drive to the SATA connectors within the enclosure, closing it, and then linking the external box to a computer via the included USB 2.0 cable. The enclosure is compatible with various SATA hard drives, and its usage scenarios include repurposing spare internal drives for backup, expanding storage capacity, or utilizing old hard drives for additional storage. Although it may not match the data transfer speeds of newer USB standards, the USB 2.0 Box HDD External Box remains a practical and cost-effective solution for basic storage requirements across multiple operating systems.

Inside of the enclosure stored a ST9120822A PATA hard drive with PCB number 100390531 Rev A.

Seagate USB2.0 Box HDD External Box

A customer brought in this enclosure with the ST9120822A inside. The hard drive was clicking and would spin up and spin down. After assessment, the customer stated they tried different PCB's and programs to recover the data. This can damage the hard drive further and make data recovery more difficult. To ensure the best possibility and results for data recovery, unplug and take your hard drive into data recovery experts such as Zero Alpha as soon as you notice an issue. This limit the deterioration of the hard drive. After assessment, the experts noticed the hard drive needed hardware replacement to recover the data.

Case Log

24 Jan 2024 - First assessment, hard drive would not spin up with donor PCB. Replaced hard drive with original PCB and hard drive would spin up, click and spin down. Connected to PC using PATA cables as seen below.

25 Jan 2024 - Opened and inspected drive. filter a little dirty, but no scratches or fingerprints.

Seagate USB 2.0 Box HDD External Box with ST9120822A internal PATA drive