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Snapped hard drive pin


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st22

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Hi, i snapped my hard drive pin and bent 3 around it. (there are still 26odd left) WIll a computer repair shop fix this or is it a lost cause? thanks.
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that wouldn't be an easy fix....i'm sure you could find someone who would be able to do it...but it probably wouldn't be cheap...i would suggest getting a new hd and being a little more carefull with the cable.
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how much money would you expect it would cost? its 300GB so that cost me $300.00AUS, there is a bit of data i need on it.
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i'm not 100% sure..but i know that there are a bunch of repudable data recovery companies here in the us that usually charge about 200-500 dollars for hd recovery..
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I assume this is a normal IDE not serial ATA drive?

There is a slight chance that the pin you have broken is not important, check out http://www.bbdsoft.com/ide.html and see if it is one of the grounds, or not connected, .

That gives you slightly less than 25% chance of getting away with it! Good luck...
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how do i match the diagram up with the HD pins?

Its either 37, 38 and 39 that are bent (only slightly). 40 is snapped.

or 1 is snapped, 2, 3 and 4 are bent.
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Nice link bazcor,

Pin one will line up with the red stripe on the ide ribbon cable . If pin one is snapped I doubt you will get away with it but if pin 40 is snapped you will most likely be ok,

As for the bent pinns it depends if they are ready to snap or are just out of alignment and you can bend them without snapping them

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if they're not snapped you can use a retractable bic pin to unbend them
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ahhh dsenette good idea
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where can i get one? what is it?
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a retractable bic pen is a pen that has a little click button on the bottom. When you push the button once it pushes the point of the pen out. When you push it again, the point retracts. I really hope that is what you meant cause if not.....boy do i feel like an a&*!
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Ok get a paper clip and a pair of pliers. Messaure the length of the paper clip to the length of the pins. Cut the paper clip to the same length then insert the paper clip into the cable end then push the cable with the pin back on to the drive. Should work, Try to get a paper clip that is a snug fit
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thats a good idea, i did that with a nidle but it was for a VGA port, it work but it have to be the rigth length.
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