Two Broken (40 Pin) Connectors :(

Seagate Ust340810a 40gb hard drive
March 20, 2010 at 14:23:25
Specs: Windows XP
Helloooo :)
I'm new here, but earlier on I ran into a problem
:(
I was putting my hard-drive back in my
computer & as I connected the IDE Cable, one
side wouldn't connect.. so then I pulled it out &
as I did both the pins fell beside it :(
I don't have a clue how to get these back on?..
but I would really like to be able to, because of
all my Files :(
Rather than just chucking it in the bin!
Surely someone on here would have the
knowledge I need?.. I mean they have got to of
broke on someone else before right?
Well sorry for the essay, but I like to explain
myself the best I can :)
Thank you for any kinda help, any of you'se
may be able to give me?
Look forward to hearing from you!
Take care :)

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#1
March 20, 2010 at 14:46:11
Are the pins missing on the HDD or the ribbon?

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#2
March 20, 2010 at 15:09:42
Hello mate :)
Thank you for the speedy response!
Yes they are the first two pins on the hard-drive itself :(
I dunno if they can be repaired, but I would like to somehow get my data off of it?
It was being used as a slave & now my pc's notably slower :(
Any help you can give'll be great mate!
Thanks for replying :)

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#3
March 20, 2010 at 16:01:42
If it is the two pin on the end, then you are in luck. One is a
ground and is duplicated by other pins. You have to repair only 1
pin. The fastest way is to separate the conductor in the ribbon
cable and connect it to the circuit board.

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#4
March 21, 2010 at 09:27:03
Hello! :)
I should prolly explain in a bit more detail for you & others!
Right what I mean by the two on the end is.. just say you had
the hard-drive in your hand right & your looking at the back,
what I mean is the (39) pin part?.. the first two pins on that row
have snapped off :( & I'm only 18, don't get me wrong I know
a fair bit about pc's but how would I set about fixing this?
Like I have seen suggestions about snapping the pins off a
un-used floppy drive & fitting those! but I don't know if that's
advice I should listen to or not ?
Thanks for answering, appreciated
Take it easy :)

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#5
March 21, 2010 at 17:24:13
If the missing pins are in the row with the key (pin 20 missing) no
problem. They are all grounds. If not get a junked ide cable and
separate the two missing conductors (39 and 37 or 1 and 3) and
jumper them to their respective pins on the rear of the connector.

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