You can make a temp pin by cutting off a metal paper clip, cut it a little long, insert it in the connector where the pin is missiing. the missing pin may be still in the connector. You may need to eat your brocolli and use the large rubber bands to hold the connector in place. Make sure the sharp end makes electrical contact. If you've done everything just right you may find this works entirely well and you can use the drive to the end of it's service life, or until the bands weaken and need to be replaced. Or at least until you recover your data.
If you're thinking about changing out the board consult Maxtor, not all drives have interchangable boards.
Edited by Tyger, 26 August 2005 - 02:06 PM.