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Old 02-04-2008, 09:11 PM   #1
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I was removing an old IDE hard drive from a computer this morning and while pulling out the molex power I guess one of the pins got stuck and pulled right out. Anyway, there has to be something I can do... Is it possible to get someone knowledgeable in soldering to just put a new pin in?

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Old 02-05-2008, 12:00 AM   #2
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You can send the thing back to the manufacturer and get/pay them to fix it. It's just a broken connector, I'd be surprised if they cant.

If you think it's not worth the while and need to power it up long enough to salvage the data then I can see one way in wich you can do this but it's risky. In fact, the techies here will probably give me hell for sudgesting this.

If you take a molex extension ( cause you don't want to bucher your psu ) and remove the corosponding wire from the plastic molex plug, you could solder that wire to that large piece of solder, above the missing pin ( check your pic ), then plug the rest of the molex in.
You would need to get this right as it would go with a bang if you got it wrong and it could damage other equipment.
If possible, build a scrap system out of old parts and use an old drive to back up everything needed from your damaged drive. This would save risking your decent parts.

Like I said, it's risky but very do-able. I could do it myself if I had the chance.

BTW, don't try this yourself if you don't know what your doing. Get someone with a bit of experiance with a solder gun/iron to do it for you.
And remember don't have excesive solder or bare wire crossing circuts.

EDIT:- A good techi with the right parts and quipment could solder a new pin on but I wouldn't advise doing it yourself. That ones harder to get right.
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