Question What is this connector on HDD PCB?

May 25, 2019
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Hi, I have a few 6TB WD Red harddisk (WD60EFRX), and I notice there is this odd protruding connector on the PCB. I tried looking it up on google and multiple forums, and have not seen any reference to it. I have not found a single photo online showing such a connector. Even WD own HDD specification sheet does not show such a connector.

Does anyone know what is the connector for, what is its name and use purpose?

Thanks.


 

AllanGH

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J1, as far as I can tell is a diagnostic/programming interface. Why they would have even soldered it to the board is a bit beyond me.

I'd be probing that with an o'scope, while the drive is operating, to see if data appears there during reads and writes.
 

AllanGH

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The pads are definitely present, and it appears to ba labeled as 'J1", if my eyes are seeing it correctly; but, yeah....I don't think that it was meant to go out the door like that. You might test it out to see if it's a wildly high throughput drive. It might be a bit of a boon for you if it's better than the average bear.
 

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