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    computer advice wanted please

    I was changing around my hard drives and when i pulled the clip off i noticed that a couple of the brass pins on the hard drives circuit board had come out,is there anyway it can be repaired.there are a lot of irreplaceable photos on it,thanks.

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    are these on the back where the IDE cable goes?

    Original Poster

    yes,2 of the pins have come out lanc_red.

    jakesdaddy;7498138

    yes,2 of the pins have come out lanc_red.



    hmmmm, id initially say that its screwed. does it boot up or is recognised in operating system?

    do you have an external caddy to try it in there?

    jakesdaddy;7498138

    yes,2 of the pins have come out lanc_red.



    It depends which pins they are. Some of the pins are ground which you do not need in order to recover your data. Also if you are using an 80 pin cable, the even numbered pins are not used. Just reconnect the cable and try restoring your data.

    It doesn't make any odds if you use an external case because the pin layouts are the same - that is, if the data pins have been removed then transfer of data will fail CRC checks whether you use the PATA interface on the motherboard or PATA interface on the external case (I am assuming that when you specify IDE you refer to PATA IDE and not SATA IDE since both types of drive incorporate Integrated Drive Electronics).

    was only saying if the OP had an external case it would save him busting his ass re-opening the case to retry. didnt want to baffle him with science.....

    lanc_red;7498337

    was only saying if the OP had an external case it would save him busting … was only saying if the OP had an external case it would save him busting his ass re-opening the case to retry. didnt want to baffle him with science.....



    Why is a PC case more difficult to remove?external caddy - 4 screws or 4 clips - pc case-2 screws or 4 screws or 2 clips or 4 clips.

    lanc_red;7498337

    was only saying if the OP had an external case it would save him busting … was only saying if the OP had an external case it would save him busting his ass re-opening the case to retry. didnt want to baffle him with science.....



    Not science at all. Simple matter is that some of the pins are ground! Why is it more difficult to open a PC case cf an external drive case?

    whatever. matter of opinion. personally id rather stick the drive in a caddy than faff about with a PC case.

    about half carry signals get a EIDE pinout off the net to determine if the missing ones are used

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the advice everyone,when i connect the HD to my computer cant find it,so im guessing the 2 pins that are missing must be important ones.ive taken the circuit board off the back of the hard drive but the holes are so small even with a pair of long nose pliars its almost impossible but ill keep trying i can only hope.
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