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post #1 of 16
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I accidently bent a pin (the left-most one in the top row) on my 300Gb Maxtor IDE drive, and now it's not being recognized. I'm wondering if this an be fixed with tweezers or something... I need it to boot, and it's got lots of stuff on it that I REALLY don't care to lose...
post #2 of 16
Yeah, just bend it back with something.
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post #3 of 16
You can try using a mechanical pencil. Just be sure you dont break off the pin. But yeah, get a mechanical pencil, insert the pin into the pencil (witn no lead in it ofcourse) and try to move it back into place.
post #4 of 16
I bent an IDE pin the mobo. Straightend it with a led pencil. (Put the pin in the tip of the pencil, and bend).

Works fine now.

Don't bend the pin anymore than you need too. Bending it one way is fine - but bending it both ways makes the pin fragile as %*($
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post #5 of 16
Why cant you just straighten the pin back out?
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post #6 of 16
Those IDE pins are a bit beefier then the AMD CPUs. You don't have to worry about it too much. Just bend it back.
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post #7 of 16
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It's completely bent, like at a 90 degree angle. No way to get a mechanical pencil around it. It was a little bit bent, and I pushed to hard when inserting the IDE cable, bent it completely.
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It's completely bent, like at a 90 degree angle. No way to get a mechanical pencil around it. It was a little bit bent, and I pushed to hard when inserting the IDE cable, bent it completely.
Just be careful and bend it back with a screwdriver or tweezers or something.
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post #9 of 16
Ughh, that sucks, I guess I would just get some tweezers and see if you cant bend it back.
post #10 of 16
try a knife or razor blade to get it up and then tweezers
    
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