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What's the best way to fix a mini-usb port on an external hard drive enclosure?

Asked by bomyne (428 points ) February 23rd, 2013

I accidentally knocked my external hard drive off my desk an hour ago. As far as i can tell, the drive itself is fine. But the mini-usb port is bent badly.

I want to fix it so i can use it today but as today is Sunday, the local repair shop isn’t open. Is there anyway to fix this? Or will I need to buy a new enclosure?

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bomyne's avatar

I do have a spare WD hardrive enclosure that may be the same physical size, but I can’t figure out how to open it as it has no visible screws.

gasman's avatar

If the connector is beyond repair then you have nothing to lose by assuming it isn’t. So get a needle nose pliers & see if you can bend the entire connector into realignment with the housing and/or bend the outer metal shell enough to allow re-plugging in the cable. It might actually work long enough to back up data.

If you get this far & it still doesn’t work, the next step involves a screwdriver and soldering iron. If you’re lucky there’s a broken wire/conductor where the connector is soldered to the circuit board, which can be bridged with a bits of wire & solder. If you’re not lucky, the connector will have to be replaced & you’ll never get the right part before the local shop opens anyway.

If it’s a true MacGyver-style emergency (foiling a plot to blow up the world, say) you could solder all 4 individual wires from the cable directly to the board—2 power, 2 signal. Good luck with that lol.

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