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Broken USB connection on external hard drive


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Hi all,

I have a fujitsu handy drive, 320gb, which recently broke. I opened up the casing and connected to the hard drive itself is a connection board. This has 2 small metal connectors, into which the usb cable and power cable plug in. The usb connector has come off the board. I tried to superglue it, but it came off again. It is a mini usb connection (female i think?). The specifications say it is serial ATA-150, SATA 7-pin.

Is there a replacement cable i can buy to connect it to a pc? Or do i need to replace the whole connection board?

I have contacted the manufacturer with no success, and google hasnt helped much either.

Thanks
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Did the connection on the drive itself break? Or a board inside the enclosure? If the drive itself is fine, you should be able to use a normal SATA data cable. For power your PSU should have a the right one, if not, there are adapters. Then install the drive internally to the computer.

SATA Data Cable
Power adapter
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or you can just go out and buy a new SATA external enclosure (without the drive) and keep it as an external drive if you want to stay external. just make sure it's self powered (i.e. plugs into the wall for power) the ones that are USB powered aren't designed to be used for long periods of time at once.
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UNLESS it is the connection on the drive itself.
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It is the board itself which is broken, the drive still works fine i think. I need it to be external as i use it to transfer data. I would prefer not to have to plug it into the mains, i have lost the power lead anyway and i only use it for short time periods. Is there a cable which is sata to usb directly, or is a new enclosure the only option? Will any enclosure be ok?
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hi, you could try the US ebay. this is the UK ebay

http://shop.ebay.co....-All-Categories
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It would never plug directly into the main. Remember Google is your friend.

usb to SATA
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hi, anyone who is interested should watch this vid.




enjoy !!
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I have tried google but i am confused as to what is the right size, connection, etc. Some are sata to sata which is not what i want. i want to be able to plug it into a usb port like a normal external hard drive.

ps. i would love to watch that vid but im writing this on my phone
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hi, click on link that DIGERATI has given, second pic. in @ $8.99. thats what you require. to connect your sata disk it needs the power adapter. to see how this will work you should watch the vid. when you can.
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or you could buy a new external sata hard drive enclosure & put your existing sata drive into it.
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hi, your drivev is a 2.5 sata. it looks as if the best & easiest solution after searching for a cable is to buy a new enclosure.

google..2.5 sata hard drive enclosure..a new enclosure looks the cheapest bet. shouldn't be difficult to swap the drive.
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try..http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=m570&_nkw=2.5+sata+hard+drive+enclosure&_sacat=See-All-Categories
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sorry, that didn't work. anyway, try ebay, pretty cheap
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http://shop.ebay.com...-All-Categories
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