Question about Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini 160GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive

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The cable, where it slots into my hard drive has come apart, (the metal sleeve is loose) and is no longer even lighting up the drive, I've not been able to find where to buy a replacement, or what the correct name to call it, and I have a lot of important work backed up on it, help please.

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  • j_symmons Dec 12, 2010

    Fantastic, that looks exactly the same. I'm ordering it right away.
    Thanks, June. ;o)

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This one looks justt what you want and is only £3.25 post free!
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