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post #1 of 20
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Well, i have really screwed up this time.

Today, i got my new MB and as i was reassembling it, it pushed against the SATA HDD cable and broke off the HDD's L shaped plastic. I don't know what to do- there is A LOT of EXTREMELY important work on there that I have spent years working on.

To clarify, the cable is OK. The harddrive's L shaped plastic broke.
Also, when the cable broke the plastic, it also moved the pins on the HDD to face an akward angle, which i then pushed back into place-

Is there anything I could do?
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post #2 of 20
It's hard to tell what actually happened, Can you provide pictures?

If you screwed over the pins on the board you can buy a replacement PCB for that hard disk so don't fear ;D.
   
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post #3 of 20
A picture would help.

Worst case, you take your drive to a specialist and they will extract the data for a price. You can likely remove a connector from an different hard drive and solder it to the important hard drive.
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by Nick2253;15549589 
A picture would help.

Worst case, you take your drive to a specialist and they will extract the data for a price. You can likely remove a connector from an different hard drive and solder it to the important hard drive.

Right, ill see what i can do about pictures, but would you happen to know what the price of such a thing would cost?
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post #5 of 20
I had this happen to me recently, what I did was take that piece of plastic and put it back in sata cable, inserted pins between cable and extra piece of plastic to form a sandwich, attached a few thin strips of duct tape ( electrical tape on pcb side of drive) then wrapped another piece around the two pieces holding cable to drive. fired it up and backed up my array.... drive is still running in raid 0 array as I have not removed the drive. I have, however restarted pc several times since then and there have been no problems.
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post #6 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rian;15549583 
If you screwed over the pins on the board you can buy a replacement PCB for that hard disk so don't fear ;D.

doh.gif I didn't even think about this. That's what I'd do. You could even contact the drive manufacturer to see if they'll directly sell you a replacement PCB for your hard drive.
post #7 of 20
If the pins are still intact and the plastic is inside of the connector stuck there, just put it back on. It will work fine, I had a drive that was like that for about 2 years.
post #8 of 20
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Right- couldn't get my own picture but i could find someone else with the same problem so here is my situation
sata1.png
As you can see- the plastic part L part is not there.

I tried to just put in the cable anyway and hope that my graphics card pressed up against it would just keep it it, which it did. however, when i booted it, it told me to select the proper boot device and when i went to boot order it said that my HDD was USB.. whats up with that?
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post #9 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steak21;15549781 
Right- couldn't get my own picture but i could find someone else with the same problem so here is my situation
sata1.png
As you can see- the plastic part L part is not there.

I tried to just put in the cable anyway and hope that my graphics card pressed up against it would just keep it it, which it did. however, when i booted it, it told me to select the proper boot device and when i went to boot order it said that my HDD was USB.. whats up with that?

Its hard to say, really. Did it boot anyways? Maybe put a piece of tape so its a little more snug?
post #10 of 20
This is what you need:

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It will use the remaining power tab to hold the SATA cable in place, i had the same problem a few years ago and solved it using an external enclosure with the same type of connection with the combined power and SATA.

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