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3680 2682 Laptop fell off bed to floor w/ USB drive plug in back

Laptop fell off bed to floor with USB drive plugged in back. That seems bent, so does it need repair? altho it still works. Is that good place to plug in drive or is left side better?

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Hi, if the port is working fine, its ok.. but do not use this port, since its damaged, it could short the pins inside while pluging the cable, left side is better

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Well this could be a tough one.

It seems likely that how much experience you have working with hardware as well as how willing you are to work with computer hardware my be a big factor.

Anyway. At this point does the external drive show ANY signs of life? Does it's led come on?
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