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The mini-USB connector has broken loose. Verbatium provides "ZERO" assistance, as they do not provide replacemnt cases or internal parts aside from replacing a failed HDD. I am looking for a internal power supply board. Would be happy to buy an old FireLite Model: USBFLB80-C, into which I can transplant my HDD. Overall I have gotten excellent service from my unit for close to 5 years!

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Alternatively you may be able to resolder the USB port, maybe an electronics savy friend with a soldering iron will help you with this. If you want somebody else to do it for you there is Data Recovery NYC. Also there is good informaation on logic board repairs on

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