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I opened my WD elements in the hope of finding a SATA disk with a removable SATA-USB adaptor, but unfortunately it appears the USB is soldered on the board, and there's no SATA connector. There is, however, a connector with 12 (6 pins x 2 rows) I can't recognize. There's also another connector on the left side, with only two pins. Does anybody know what it isenter image description here?

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A related post: superuser.com/questions/337222. – texnic Jun 17 '15 at 8:29

Reminds me of jumper pins. Seems like someone else asked your question and got a reasonable answer here:

http://community.wdc.com/t5/WD-Portable-Drives/Connect-by-non-USB/td-p/93926

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I remember those good ol' Windows 98 times :P "Jumper Pins" new generations don't know about them :D – user144773 May 5 '13 at 4:50
    
Actually the link you posted, though relevant, doesn't answer the question. It claims that "the 12-pin header won't give you SATA access", but it doesn't provide any prooflink or explain what the function of this connector actually is (if it's a connector). – texnic Jun 17 '15 at 8:35

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