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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...
 

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Yeah, just bend it back with something.
 

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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.
 

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I bent an IDE pin the mobo. Straightend it with a led pencil. (Put the pin in the tip of the pencil, and bend).<br />
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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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Why cant you just straighten the pin back out?
 

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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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<div style="font-style:italic">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.</div>

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</div>Just be careful and bend it back with a screwdriver or tweezers or something.
 

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Ughh, that sucks, I guess I would just get some tweezers and see if you cant bend it back.
 

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Alright, I managed to straighten it back out, and after tweaking the BIOS a bit, it booted succesfully. Thank you all, this could have potentially been very, very bad. <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Alright, I managed to straighten it back out, and after tweaking the BIOS a bit, it booted succesfully. Thank you all, this could have potentially been very, very bad. <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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</div>Woot, good deal, I think I would back up your info just to make sure though, the next time you disconnect it there is no telling what might happen to the pin.
 
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That s my backup drive... all my stuff goes on it, it's the biggest drive in my house. <img src="/images/smilies/frown.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Frown" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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Once again, thank you all for your help.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Alright, I managed to straighten it back out, and after tweaking the BIOS a bit, it booted succesfully. Thank you all, this could have potentially been very, very bad. <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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i broke one off on my old pentium 3, on a pentium 2 mobo, and stuck the broken pin in my ide cable with an 20 gig seagate ide drive, and it worked, but i rather had the pin in my mobo ofcourse, but it was the only temporary solution at that time
 
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