Hard Drive IDE Pin

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I am a doofus with an external IDE USB adapter.
Not being attentive I pressed hard (there was resistance) connecting
the adapter. Then I found out my mistake. In the cables pin middle
area is the blank space. I managed to press most of the pin into the
pin caddy.

I used a needle nose to pull the pin out; reinserted the adapter
cable ; the hard drive is not detected. The green lights up, and
changes to red.

I have 400GB Seagate with Film material on this drive. Is there a
method to fix this one pin so that it is active? Thanks

Re: Hard Drive IDE Pin

On Wed, 7 Oct 2009 11:44:39 -0700 (PDT), Parvardigar

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If I understand correctly what you have done, that pin is
not used so are you sure you don't have other damage to the

Even if you put the cable in upside down, it appears this
would only damage a ground pin that is redundant due to so
many other ground pins in parallel.

I would try another drive with that adapter and try that
drive with another adapter (or connect direct to a
motherboard IDE header to try it).

Re: Hard Drive IDE Pin

kony wrote:
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I've made that mistake too...
won't hurt anything.

Probably an issue with the jumper.

try master , slave and cable select

obviously go with what works

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