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    Unhappy Broken pin on HD

    My new Coolermaster case arrived today - Yay! Unfortunately cos of the rush of changing cases and all, I broke something. It happened to be a pin on my hard drive

    I broke pin 21, the one above and to the left of 20? and its a drq3 pin? I tried booting the system up with the drive but it gets to the loading winXP screen and stays there. Can the drive be fixed? Thanks.
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    lob a new pin in there using skills of tweezers or something

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    ehhhh..... maybe something less..... diy ish


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    The only way (that I can think) of doing what you ask - "less DIY ish" is to desolder whats left of the offending pin, obtain a good one from a faulty drive and then solder that in.

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    Put a pin in the relevant connector on the IDE cable so that it meets with what has snapped off - if possible.
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    Doh. Well Im sure my soldering skills are still with me from 3rd year electronics
    Wish me luck.


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    Quote Originally Posted by unts
    Put a pin in the relevant connector on the IDE cable so that it meets with what has snapped off - if possible.
    The dry contact will make it all too dodgy IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pita^Norf
    The dry contact will make it all too dodgy IMO.
    True - but it's the easiest thing to try before he goes attacking the IDE controller on his HDD with a soldering iron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unts
    True - but it's the easiest thing to try before he goes attacking the IDE controller on his HDD with a soldering iron.
    I don't disagree, but I think KeZZeR suggested something similar and it was dismissed - given that the drive is now most likely devoid of warranty I think its a worth shot, and since the OP is a skilled with soldering I would expect it to be straight forward.

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    Way I see it the drive's knackered anyway so he has nothing to lose with an attempted repair.

    Good luck Dragon.

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    K Ill try putting a pin in the cable and see how it works. If not then Ill start 'attacking' my HD with the soldering iron. Anyways thanks a lot.


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    How did it go?

    You could have brought a IDC PCB Header Plug (2*20 pin!)

    at Maplin or from CPC or anyother electronics store and replace the whole connector.
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    Holy last year. Why are you dragging old threads back?

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    HOLY THREAD REVIVAL BATMAN!

    Though if Dragonb4llz is still here, I'd be interested to see what happened.
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