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Damaged usb I dropped my hard drive with the usb plugged in and have broken the solder joint(s) so I can't access my movies I am editing and need to finish to earn $$$ and pay my rent! I have unscrewed back and pulled drive out of casing I can see the card the usb plug should be soldered to How many points will I need to solder and how do i go about it. It looks as tho I will have to unplug the ribbon (or whatever u call it) and power plug from the drive, undo 4 screws holding drive in place, possibly undo front of iomega and take out hd. then undo screws holding card down to remove card and heat 2 joints from back of card. Is that right - are there any special tricks I should know? Do I need to put solder in or should heating existing solder work? The  power looks ok and the rh of the 2 light indicators goes green when I turn iomega on. I can't recall what light(s) should go on or where my manual is p/n 31460000 LDHD160-U

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Re: Damaged usb

If its a hardrive and you dropped it . theres a chance that the drive is broken because of the impact .. drive platters are sensitive

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