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    Default HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    Hi Guys

    Is there any way to remove plastic that has snapped in left hand part of the drive connection or am I goosed?

    I have a hitachi drive and when I was trying to remove the executer blaster from it somehow I managed to snap the plastic connection from the drive and now when I try and connect sata cable to the drive it wont connect down left hand side.

    I have tried to stick the xectuter power back on and just connect it with the power sata adapter on back and it will let me power up only problem is that it says tray is open.


    Any advice greatfully recieved.
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    Default Re: HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    Im not entirely sure what you have done from the description...any chance of a photo ?

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    Default Re: HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    Yeah a photo would help us see what your trying to say if it's the bit in the middle though your fucked
    but could probably get another port soldered in

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    Default Re: HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    So what have you done, snapped the end of the SATA connection in back of the drive?

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    Default Re: HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    HI guy's thanks for reply's sorry I dont have photo I can send.

    The middle bit is fine no issues there

    The problem is to the left hand side of the middle bit (not the connection just the side housing of the sata) somehow the plastic snapped off when I was taking out.

    I can re attach the pcb bit to it but I keep getting error message in the dash saying open tray. Drive was flashed and was removing the blaster and then snapped it off by mistake (PCB fix for hitachi launch drive) so to the left hand side there is the plastic that was once the side part of the grip holiding the sata conection in place.

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    Default Re: HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    Well at worst do you have your drive key or backup FW stored so you can spoof a drive in?

    I'm not quite sure what part you have broken but if its the plastic that surrounds the SATA port it shouldn't be a problem, the way the cable plugs in is L shaped so the cable should be held in place without sliding so pins can't make the wrong contacts.


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    Default Re: HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    I think I still have the old key,

    It is just the part that is on the outside not any of the pin part but for some reason I just cant seem to get any purchase on it to get it out. The right hand side of the sata goes down with no problem but the left hand side because it got snapped off is causing the issue.

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    Default Re: HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    Is it the hockey stick shaped bit of plastic around the actual sata connector? I broke one of these once on a 320g HDD. I managed to place the broken bit back where it should be and with the help of insulation tape the drive then went out in the customers PC
    Recent Mac convert...

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    Default Re: HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    I have not really got any experiance of sata so cant reallly comment on that sorry I can tell you that it is on the DVD drive where you plug the end of the sata cable onto the drive to the left of the middle bit the sata cable.

    If you look at a sata cable you will see at the end of one side there is no pins just a hole in a lshape. well what has happened is the other side of that has snaped off inside the connection on the dvd drive itself so it wont allow me to connect to it.

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    Default Re: HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    By the sounds of it mate it's not a technical fault that someone with experience can help with, looks like you just need to find a way to get the snapped bit out yourself. As we can't see it we can't suggest anything but I doubt anyone will have any better idea of how to get it out than you.

    Maybe some precision tweezers? dab of super glue on a toothpick?


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    Default Re: HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    I was just doing a search around the various places and looks like if I get the plastic bit out I could still be in trouble with this open tray error ah typical just my luck thanks for all advice much appreciated

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    Default Re: HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    Surely if you take the drive out and stare at the back of it, you can get some tweezers in there or something to get it out?
    I have some really sharp pointy tweezers that always come in handy for stuff like this.

    Don`t give up

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    Default Re: HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    I had a similar problem - I broke part of the sata connector on my work desktop. I just left the broken bit in there, put the broken end of cable on it so it made good contact, then glued it in place so that lead is permanently stuck with that drive. Works perfectly.

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    Default Re: HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    you could always solder in a new one or solder the wire strait to the board (if you dont wana do it ask some one nicely on here im sure u will get help )

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    Default Re: HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    oR better still,seeing that you have the key I might have a spare hitachi main board(pulled from working 360's when RROD) which should solve you're problem just pay me for postage mate.Find out which version of Hitachi it is,if not spoofing the drive and injecting your key should do the trick.

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    Default Re: HElp - Snapped sata plastic in the dvd drive connection part

    i definatly have a spare hitachi board u can have mate 047 i think

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