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HDD - Recovering a Damaged Data connecter

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February 6, 2013 8:40:10 AM

Hi i have a HDD with some very important Data on that im trying to recover.

The Data connecter is damaged the plastic peice is broken,

My computer was not working whenever i booted it would restart and keep looping.

so i gave the whole computer to a shop, then to a family friend to fix.

When they couldnt fix it i decided to look in to it my self and notice the Data connecter on the HDD was broken so one of them 2 must of damaged it :@

anyways i tried connected it to my current computer via the Data and power cables to the HDD but it was a bit weird putting the cable on to the data connector as there was no plastic peice as you can see on the picture.

It didnt recognise the HDD and didnt show up on My computer :( 

is there any way around this? Could i replce that Data connecter peice?

Thanks for your replys in advance.

a b G Storage
February 6, 2013 9:06:46 AM

If the data is important contact a data recovery firm like gilware.
February 6, 2013 12:13:41 PM

How much do you think something like this would cost estimately?
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February 6, 2013 12:28:34 PM

A LOT, usually more than the average person could afford. But if the data is that important you would need to find a way.

I found one that isn't outrageous, but is still expensive

http://www.crucialdatarecovery.com/services/

Type: Physical Noninvasive Price: $429, parts included.

That is of course assuming the drive is still functional. If it's non functional(something happened prior to the connector breaking) it will most likely cost a lot more.
a c 813 G Storage
February 7, 2013 12:28:02 AM

I dont think you drive will work, the plastic peice on the drive only holds the cable in place and prevents you from installing the cable upside down, the data connection is still made with the sata cable 'pinching' the pads on the drives board.
a b G Storage
February 7, 2013 12:49:25 AM

I had the exact same happen to me and the drive is still running. I created a tiny shim and then glued the SATA cable and shim when contact was made with the HDD connectors. Every now and then it would pop out but still functions and applying some glue fixed it. It takes a bit of patience. If you have the original plastic then kudos as you are in luck as you can then crazy glue the plastic tab to the drive and then connect the SATA cable!
a c 125 G Storage
February 7, 2013 12:57:34 AM

pins still look good...a straight sata cable might be able to get your data off. the other trick..look for the same drive and or pbc on ebay for that drive the control board (green colored part) has a part# on it. as long as you get the same one you can swap it out and pray the data still on your drive.
http://www.****/seagate-pcb-c-1.html
http://www.onepcbsolution.com/
http://www.harddrivepcb.com/seagate-u6-pcb-c-1.html
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