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External 2.5 USB Hard Drive - Mini Port Issues (Samsung)

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  • Started 3 years ago by butterfingers110
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Posted yesterday 
Posts: 3

Hi there,

Long story short, hard drive slipped off the table while connected the laptop and bent the pins in the USB mini port (HD didn't hit floor). I no longer can connect the drive via USB.

On opening the case, I expected to see the usual SATA connectors connected via the USB bridge/mini board - I was going to connect drive up to another enclosure I have and happy days.

However, I was presented with this (pics at end of this message) - it is designed with a "USB on Board" type configuration.

I have tried aligning pins back, but are beyond repair.

I see 3 options:

- remove and solder a new USB mini port (sausage fingers make me nervous on this approach)
- see if I can locate a replacement PCB for the hard disk? Understand it has to be an exact match?
- se if theres any faulty or parts only drives I can get on fleabay and attempt salvage/repair

I have no clue where to get a replacement board from or really how to go about either option (4 screws on the PCB)? Contacted Samsung, they gave me Seagate's number - they are closed for the next 2 hours, but will try later.

Hard Drive Details (what do I need to search for a part?)

Samsung S2 USB 2.0 1TB ultraslim Hard Drive

Model : ST1000LM026

Not sure where to get PCB number from :-(

MANY THANKS for our help.

Posted 3 years ago
Posts: 4100

View of what is under the tape of you last picture you posted might help with a decision.

Posted 3 years ago
Posts: 3

Hi there - removed the PCB - pics are below - must say, looks like it will be very hard to solder - so maybe PCB replacement is the way to go?

Thanks for taking the time to read and reply - any thoughts?

Posted 3 years ago
Posts: 13598

Which country do you live in ?

Posted 3 years ago
Posts: 3

UK - think the boards are from China?

Posted 3 years ago

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