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I have this hard drive where I have bunch of data and applications that I do not really want to lose. By a freak accident, the plastic piece where the SATA cable plugs broke off. I sholdered a SATA cable permanently to it and has been using that way for over 2 years now. Problem is - too much movement of the hard drive and one of my crappy sholders will come off. And I have to whip out my sholdering gun again.
Assuming I am a total broke and buying a new hard drive is a last resort (guessing you can transfer the stuff over using some sort of ghosting software), what would be the best solution to make this sholdering job more permanent? I was contemplating pouring resin or hot plastic over the little area where I got the cable sholdered to the hard drive. Any suggestion will be appreciated.
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sholder
sholder
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, really ?

How old is the drive?
New ones are <$50 and would greatly be worth the investment.
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Holy geebus that's ghetto... I would never have risked that! All that nice hardware and you can't grab an extra hard drive? For shame... get Norton Ghost or Acronis, make an image of your drive, and move it over to a new one...

EDIT: You spelled solder incorrectly five times. Cheers!
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[QUOTE=beers;12637654] , really ?

Apologize for the spelling mistake. Guess back to grammer school for me.

On a different note though, I wonder if you got any people skill. There are a myriad other ways to pointing out a mistake without being too offensive.

Anyway, thanks for your opinion.
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2 years and you can't shell out a few bucks to buy a new drive? Damn that's lazy... You have a silver arrow, 2X 6950 but you can't afford a new drive?

Buy a new drive.
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post #6 of 12
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, really ?

Apologize for the spelling mistake. Guess back to grammer school for me.

On a different note though, I wonder if you got any people skill. There are a myriad other ways to pointing out a mistake without being too offensive.

Anyway, thanks for your opinion.
That sort of damage might be covered by the manufacturer if the drive is still under warranty. Give them a call and see what they can do for you.

If that doesn't work, you should just get a new hard drive before you permanently lose everything.
Maybe you could find a way to rig your current drive into an external enclosure in a way that the connection will stay intact?
Edited by VanillaCena - 3/6/11 at 7:07pm
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2 years and you can't shell out a few bucks to buy a new drive? Damn that's lazy...

Buy a new drive.
LOL. All right I guess I see where this is going.

I will get a new drive. Thanks all.
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post #8 of 12
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Guess back to grammer grammar school for me.

On a different note though, I wonder if you got any people skill. There are a myriad other ways to pointing out a mistake without being too offensive. .
Fixed.

I'm pretty content with my approach, and apologize if you were under the impression we would hold hands, drink coronas on the beach together, or be best friends forever.
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Originally Posted by beers View Post
Fixed.

I'm pretty content with my approach, and apologize if you were under the impression we would hold hands, drink coronas on the beach together, or be best friends forever.

So you're NOT going to give me that beer you promised?


OP, I've soldered a molex connector on a HDD once, and it lasted for about 4 more years before dying from other causes (gradual bad sectors). You can run it that way if you want, but I wouldn't recommend storing important/irreplaceable data on it. I'd replace it ASAP, but hang on to it and throw it into a HTPC/spare rig or give a family member an upgrade with it (of course, let them know about the potential for failure before installing it).
Edited by Mr. Mojo - 3/6/11 at 7:54pm
 
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I might do a DIY hack like that, but I certainly wouldn't actually attempt to use it any longer than necessary to rescue all the data from the drive.

Remember to carefully desolder everything before you attempt to RMA the drive.
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