IDE PIN broken or not

I have a 60gb drive and when i tried to plug the id cable i think i busted the pin, it is still there but it slides up and down very easily, is there anyway to retrive the information?
robrodpAsked:
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scrathcyboyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
IF you soldered too hot, the PCB board may have melted the internal contacts around the IDE connector.  The only reason you would want to swap logic boards is if the logic board is actually burned out.  It is crucial that you get the EXACT same heads/cylinders/tracks drive to use its logic board, otherwise the LBA translation on the drive will be screwy.  Recommend only do this as a last resort.  

Your Ethernet wire might be not quite thick enough.  Since the drive is trash anyway, by now, as a last resort, break away the IDE housing on the drive, and insert the IDE cable (try a different one to be safe) CAREFULLY, and then work on the loose pin.  Once you get it tight, it might work long enough to get the data off.
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robrodpAuthor Commented:
***" plug the IDE cable i think "***
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Buy the exact same model with firmware on ebay, swap the circuit boards.  That MIGHT work.
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rindiCommented:
Or get an IDE connector and solder it to the pcb of the HD in place of the old one. This does need a fine soldering iron and some soldering expertise!
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A couple of things that might work:

Pull the pin back into place and hold it with tweezers or hemostats, and put a drop of super glue around the bottom. Make sure the pin itself is "clean" before you plug the cable back on.

Using a lighter, get a safety pin red hot and try melting the plastic around the base of the pin.

If it is on the bottom row where you can get to it, use something (like hemostats) to hold the pin "forward" while putting the cable on. Then mark it so you do not take it off the drive again.
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nobusCommented:
if the above does not work, in many cases you can solder a wire from the 40- or 80- wire cable directly to the corresponding pin on the logic board.
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robrodpAuthor Commented:
nobus, i tried soldering it, i soldered a threat from a RJ45 cable to the chipset and then jammed the other end to the 80- wire cable but didn't work, any thoughts?
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Soldered it to the chipset? You might have messed up the PCB as scrathcyboy mentioned.
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robrodpAuthor Commented:
probably, well it's an old disk and a my provider doesn't sell the model no more, so i guess it's good bye, but as a last resort ill try scrathcyboy says
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