Friday, February 26, 2010
After smashing it up a bit with a hammer and crushing it in a bench vice I started to feel re-connected with my, rather naïve, sinister side. But the PCB peeking out of the metal enclosure gave me pause. My curiosity got the better of me and I decided to take the disk apart in a more controlled manner so that I could try to figure out how it was made.
As you can see from the second image, the USB disk is really just a regular SATA disk in a metal enclosure with a small controller card to handle the SATA USB interface. I knew for sure that the disk was broken but perhaps the controller card would still work? I had to test it.
This little card is a universal SATA to USB bridge. Perhaps not that surprising, but at least now I don't have to buy one if I want to check the content of a disk from my laptop.