If the actual connector on the drive itself if broken, it could be a problem.
Here is an image of the Sata data and power connectors, the part on the right is what is in the drive. The power connector has 15 pins but there are a set of 3 each. If you could relate what happened and if the drive will spin up or data actually be seen, that would be helpful. Also if there is a break or pin missing if you could relate which one or ones from the diagram, and we can better help with the problem
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I could email you a pic of it... What would I have to actually buy?? Would that cable hook into the USB port?
Give us a better idea of what has happened to the connector. I may have misunderstood, since almost all, not all, newer drives are SATA drives. Is this a hard disk drive with a USB connector on the back, or possibly a DVD drive with a USB connector?
Give us as much detail as you can, and what you think is broken, and we'll come up with a solution
Getting closer! This is an external Seagate GoFlex HDD. The small metal piece is blurry and I can't tell exactly what it is and what it does. Could you please take several more closeup photos of it to review. Might just be a magnetic off/on switch for the enclosure rather than a connnection to the drive.
There is a separate piece you have that connects to the back of the drive by USB cable to your computer. I am assumming that is OK.
The data and power connector on the HDD looks just fine.
In relation to the drive itself, an option is to just take the HDD out of the enclosure and use it in your computer, or put it in a separate enclosure.
what would be the best enclosure to get? wish i could pay for all the help i appreciate it!!
Check on the back of the adapter plastic device that plugs into the HDD, and let us know what the model number of it is. It's be something like STAE 102. Also what kind of connector cable do you use over to your computer? Is it an IEEE 1394 Firewire, or an eSATA cable? With that info we can probably figure out a solution
Does your Seagate GoFlex have an adapter that connects to the back of the enclosure similar to the one in this image? If so that Model # is the key item. And at the other end of the cable, what kind of plug is on it, going into your computer, a USB connector?
That should give us all the answers to choose a replacement