While removing sata cable of hard drive the pins snapped

So as tittle says i pulled out my sata cable and the pins came with it, also the edge of it.
So i cant use my hard drive anymore..
Is there any way i can still use my harddrive without a sata cable?
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  1. You mean the pins on the HDD side are now gone from the HDD?

    Nope, toast my friend

    Send it to a data recovery place
  2. Ok, well that sucks, thanks tho guys
  3. restllesss said:
    So as tittle says i pulled out my sata cable and the pins came with it, also the edge of it.
    So i cant use my hard drive anymore..
    Is there any way i can still use my harddrive without a sata cable?



    Post a picture.
  4. I had a guy return a drive like this, I told him I couldn't warranty it and my boss told me to attempt to RMA it for him cause he is a big customer.

    I sent it to Western Digital knowing that they were going to laugh and send it back, but they actually replaced it.

    So you never know until you try.
  5. If you need your data, then a replacement PCB plus firmware transfer should cost no more than US$50.

    The following PCB suppliers offer a firmware transfer service, either for free, or for US$10:

    http://www.donordrives.com
    http://www.onepcbsolution.com
    http://www.hdd-parts.com

    Otherwise, if you have damaged the SATA power pins rather than the data pins, then a relatively easy solution would be to hardwire a legacy 4-pin Molex connector to the HDD's power pins.

    http://pinouts.ru/Power/sata-power_pinout.shtml
    http://pinouts.ru/Power/BigPower_pinout.shtml
  6. this is whats actually broken so if anyone knwos a way for me to fix it or whatever PLEASE tell me

  7. Yeah, if there is data on the drive that you MUST have, then your only option is to send it to a professional data recovery center. They will disassemble the drive and take your data off for a nominal fee. Don't even thing about replacing the pcb yourself.
  8. @Dingo07, why would any intelligent able-bodied person engage a data recovery professional to remove and replace 4 screws?

    Are you a data recovery professional?
  9. fzabkar said:
    @Dingo07, why would any intelligent able-bodied person engage a data recovery professional to remove and replace 4 screws?

    because I have no idea what will happen to the drive once the part that dictates where the data is, is replaced with another one

    fzabkar said:
    Are you a data recovery professional?

    no, that's why I leave it to the pros
  10. @Dingo07, I suggest you keep sending your drives to the pros. The rest of us will just go out and buy a screwdriver.

    BTW, the proprietor of donordrives.com is in fact a pro who frequently posts to hddguru.com. So if you do buy a PCB from him, and engage him to do your firmware transfer, then you will in fact be engaging a DR pro.
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