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#1 rotor123

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 01:12 PM

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The plastic key inside the data connector had broken loose. I still had the piece and the metal pins were OK.
I carefully placed the plastic back in place, plugged in the cable, tested and the drive was working so I used Epoxy to secure the data cable to the drive as a permanent fix.

Hot melt glue was not solid enough and the cable could move.

I also did this on another drive for the power connector. For that one I used a Molex 4 pin to SATA power adapter cable.

It is my impression that these SATA connectors are not as sturdy as the older IDE connectors.

Hopefully this will help someone down the road.

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Edited by rotor123, 25 May 2012 - 01:14 PM.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 04:24 PM

FWIW:

There are varying types of SATA cables.

Some have the locking mechanisms (which are more secure), while many that may be dated...tend to be loose on the motherboard/drive connectors.

Some without locking mechanisms...achieve a solid, tight connection without such.

I have a handful of these cables and I find that it's just easy enough to find one which does the job properly. If you don't have more than one cable...that's a disadvantage, IMO.

I would never employ a semi-permanent solution on connectors which are designed to be removeable.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 04:39 PM

Unfortunately on that drive the little lip the locking mechanism latches too was broken at the same time the plastic was broken, hence the Epoxy. While I was at it I also reattached the broken handle on a pair of scissors.

I find that the epoxy works better than hot melt glue as long as you are sure you won't have to remove it again.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 05:37 PM

My apologies, Roger...I didn't comprehend properly...what I was reading :). I see now that you are talking about the connector, not cables...I'll try to be alert (but I make no promises) :).

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 03:06 AM

It's better to change that connector rather than do that for safety of your data, :whistle:
It's will make more damage on your Hardrive in future :P

FYI, do you know that it's only need 10 minutes to change it, 7 minute for heating solder, 2 minutes for unscrew and screw PCB, 1 minutes for change that connector, but the time could more depends on the person that do that :workout:

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 10:18 AM

That would work too, if I had the connector assembly.

There was nothing on the drive I care about, I just want to be able to use it in the future when I need it. It isn't that old so this works for me. The drive tests OK.

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