USB Controller My Passport Essential 500GB

Im thinking of replacing my laptop HDD with this 500gb one, but i read that the usb controller is solded on to the hard rive. My question: is the USB controller solded onto the hard drive or can i open the case and use the HDD as an internal drive. I would be really happy if someone could tell me.


If the drive was manufacture in 2009 the board is attach to the drive itself.

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Either of the following programs should be able to identify the model number of the drive within the enclosure.

HD Sentinel (DOS / Windows / Linux):

HDDScan for Windows:

AIUI, the final ā€œVā€ in a model number such as WD5000BMVV indicates that the USB interface is integrated onto the drive.

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