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I was moving my computer around last night-cleaning out the dust. Usually I have my hard drives bolted into the case, but I had been having some other issues lately so I have been swapping the hard drives out trying to fix it-turned out it was not a hardware/software issue. Needless to say the hard drive slipped out of the cage and fell to the floor with the connectors still connected. The L piece broke-like literally there is nothing below the SATA connector or the power connector. I used a magnifying glass and got the pins back in place.

There is really no important data on there that is not on my other two drives. I use Acronis and back them up maybe once a month.
This is just all about money. I am cheap. Is there any way to fix this? Or will I have to save my pennies and buy another drive?
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Originally Posted by pittguy578 View Post

The L piece broke-like literally there is nothing below the SATA connector or the power connector. I used a magnifying glass and got the pins back in place...

This is just all about money. I am cheap. Is there any way to fix this? Or will I have to save my pennies and buy another drive?

A sharp, well-lit picture could help.

Here's a thread about this subject: http://www.overclock.net/t/1003341/fixing-a-broken-sata-connector

The plastic used for these connectors can't be glued very strongly with epoxy or super glue, and I don't know about acrylic glue. It may be better to simply find a junked hard disk that uses the same connectors and transplant them, but that requires soldering skills and either temperature-controlled hot air (not just a 2-speed heat gun) or Chip Quik low temperature solder. Here's an engineer who looks like Monty Python's Michael Palin to explain the latter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmD7F0--7Lc
Chip Quik has to be removed after it's used and replaced with regular solder. That solder should be 60-63% tin, 37-40% lead, not lead-free.
Edited by larymoencurly - 3/5/14 at 3:57am
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I attached a picture. I contacted Western Digital. Waiting to hear back from them. I know chance of an RMA is unlikely, but I thought it would be worth a shot. I know nothing about soldering. If no good news from them, I will try to fix it on my own over the weekend.
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First of all, do NOT use the IDE power connector on the right without first fixing the pins on the SATA power cable by either straightening them, covering each one in plastic tubing (heatshrink), or removing them. Otherwise you'll short the power supply or possibly even ruin the +5V circuitry of the hard drive by connecting it to +12V.

I'd unsolder the whole connector and replace it with another one, or solder cables to the circuit board. The latter can be riskier if you mix up any wires or let any wires short together. That connector is one instance where surface mount solder connections are easier to work with than hole mount connections.
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