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Usb port on lacie has become detached and fallen inside

The usb  connector port on my LaCie has become disconnected from in side and the metal connector that the usb cable connects to has fallen inside the box and I need to recover the data.


Can I dismantle the box?

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Re: usb port on lacie has become detached and fallen...

This procedure is to extract the drive from the case..

1. The case is useless, dispose of it when you've extracted the drive. Attempting to reuse is pointless and could only cause more damage.

2. Make sure you disconnect ALL cables to the drive before you begin this.

3. You will need to be gentle as and shock or impact to the hard drive may render it useless, which would be unfortunate, considering it sounds as if the case is the issue, not the drive.

4. When choosing a new enclosure, go aluminum, and with no internal fan or psu. This just makes the environment hot and severe.

They cost slightly more than what is on the consumer market, but i use and recommend

Wiebetech TT4 or TTXE models, depending on whether the drive is PATA or SATA.

So to answer your question...

Yes, with a flat head screwdriver ( like a jeweler's ) and the drive on a book on its topside down. You can gently pry the bottom housing off about and inch from each corner. Upon prying up, you'l see the little slotted hole. There should be 4 metal fingers on both sides of the drive, screw in 2 on each side. Then remove the plastic contact guards, and gently pull up at the led light ( the power cable for the light should be running down the middle and is usually red or green. Once youve removed that, gentley put your hand on the drive, and with your other hand, flip the entire enclosure over. The drive should lightly fall out of the enclosure and into your hand......minimizing shock or movment of the drive, these things should be handled like babies..never shake.From here grasp the drive itself, and you will notice 2 cables binding the drive to the enclosure.The first is the data cable know as IDE or PATA and looks like a ribbon- more often yellow- second is the power cable known as MOLEX. The molex cable should be 4 wires..2 black, 1 yellow, 1 red. Ofcourse, be gentle when removing both Cables, as to not exert to much force so that it goes flying when its released. Once youve separated the 2, youll see that case for all its glory, or not. It's really a soda can with the cheapest components internally. Once the weight of the drive is out, there nothing to the box.

If you have any hesitation or addition questions before you begin, please ask here.

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