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Power pin on HD broke! What to do.

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One of the power pins on a HD that I have broke when I was taking the power plug out. How can I get that HD to work again so at least I can get my data.
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If you are any good with a soldering iron then you could get an extra lead, then cut the wires on the lead and solder them very carefully onto the points of the board where the power connector is, but be careful not to hold the soldering iron on the connections for too long or you could dammage the board it's self.
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Or just solder a bit of multi strand wire to the broken point then stick a pin through the wire and the wire which is supposed to be connected to the pin. Tape it up and all should be fine.

Chris B
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A rather unique problem and a unique solution is needed.  Whatever you do a potential is to short out the thing and several problems could arise.  It it were me I'd take the broken pin and insert it in the corresponding plug position.  I'd try to build the bottom of the pin up with solder or something and attach to the HD.  Next I'd carefully use a clamp to hold the plug against the HD connectors, plug the cable up, cross my fingers and power up the system.  This is a shot in the dark, dangerous and not something I'd advise/recommend someone do!!

Hope this Helps!!!
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by:Danny Child
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find a molex splitter, and cut one set of the four wires off - leaving you with a molex Extender in effect.  This is just for tidyness, it'll work ok if you don't do this.

Note which end will still plug into the hard disk.

Then, note which pin is broken, and cut that wire too, at the hard disk end:

H D -x------------------ F E
A I --------------------- R N
R S -------------------- E D
D K ---------------------E

where x indicactes the cut on the wire with the broken pin.

ASCII art doncha just love it.

Then, take the long length of wire from the cut (to the right of the x), and carefully solder it to the REAR of the molex connector on the small controller board.

Tidy any loose cable ends so they can't short anything else.  

give it a spin.

Failing this, you could find an EXACT MATCH for the disk on ebay or similar, and unscrew the controller board (inc the molex connector), and transplant it to your hard disk.  YMMV.....

hth,
Danny
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nice piccy of a molex splitter 1/2 way down....

http://home.iprimus.com.au/maslovsky/accessories.htm
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ificuser,

Did you sort this out?
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