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    SATA Harddrive Data Connector Broken

    I have a one TB internal drive I use for back ups. Recently, I swapped out an old computer and transferred this drive to the new machine. As I went to plug the data cable in, the little plastic staple-shaped guide on the drive (male side) broke out. Now the plug will not stay in at all.

    I made-shift with duct tape (of course). I place a thin strip of tape on the bottom of the plug and then stuck the long ends of the tape to the top of the drive, like a sling.

    This works for awhile, and then apparently the tape stretches and plug droops, and I lose the connection. One problem is that the cable is short, so that it pulls downward to the motherboard, and this puts an extra mechanical strain on the plug.

    Does anyone have a brilliant idea for making this connection work? I don't want to spend much time on it, or it will be more economical (but still painful) to buy a new drive.

    Many thanks!
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    If the connector on the HD itself is broken, I'm afraid a new HD is in your future. I suppose you could purchase a longer cable at any PC supply store so there would be less strain pulling the cable away from the HD connector, then continue to tape it in place for the short term, but replacing the HD would be the best long term solution.
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    Yes. I think that is a reasonable conclusion. Amazing how dependent we are of the weakest of links! Like the coil wire on your v-8.

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    If your drive isn't accepted as an RMA then you might want to consider more serious measures; Like gluing the SATA cable in place to the drive.
    just make certain that you have a secure electrical contact between cable and drive (should go without saying).

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    Ronald,
    Just make sure if you use an "Epoxy" type of adhesive, that it isn't the kind that has "Metal Particles" embedded in it. Regards Fred

    PS: There are kinds made just for plastic.
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    Gluing would work except that when you do decide to replace the HD, you would also have to replace the cable. If your going to replace the cable anyway, my solution would allow you to use the present HD for now until you can more adequately plan on the replacement HD. Then use the longer cable when you do replace the HD.
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    Yeah, I have tried this sort of thing in the past, but experimental efforts with not-often used skills sometimes end badly. Then I would have wasted the time and needed a new drive anyway. I have just decided to go with another drive. Cheaper, I think.

    Many thanks!
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    Good point, Fred. Thanks! Ron

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    No problem Ron, sometimes we come up with somewhat unconventional fixes that may actually work, at least for a while. Good luck with the new HD.
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    Thanks for the good help, Ted. Regards, Ron

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    Want to talk unconventional, Fred is speaking from personal experience. His desktop setup still amazes me.

    FredPC.jpg

    Fred has given permission in the past for me to refer to this amazing setup in the past. Hope it's still OK. As you can see Fred has some experience with SATA cables.

    Sorry for the slightly off comment post. Just could not resist.
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    My grandfather was an inventor and electronics experimenter (invented a rectifier for first successful plug-in radio in 1926). Somehow Fred's computer reminds me of my grandfather's workshop in Studio City, CA.

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