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HDD board socket partially fried As image shows the power socket is fried, is there a method to repair it? BTW this is only the fried 4 pins is for +12v and the ground, one +12v still ok but don't know if it enough.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ How did it get that way? Even if you "fix" it, what's to say the damage will not immediately repeat? Questions on the repair of undocumented products are generally off-topic here. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 14, 2020 at 5:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ChrisStratton it was connected while some liquid on the socket, shorted between +12v and Gnd \$\endgroup\$
    – Hamed
    Sep 14, 2020 at 5:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ That's not a "socket" - It's a "card-edge connector" i.e. it's a circuit board. The socket is the thing it plugs into. Which, BTW, is almost certainly fried also. I'll try to fix almost anything, but I'd throw that thing above away. Unless it's EXTREMELY valuable and irreplaceable, in which case you could bypass the connector altogether and just solder jumper wires. However, if indeed it's "EXTREMELY valuable and irreplaceable", you'd be much better off hiring a professional.... \$\endgroup\$
    – Kyle B
    Sep 14, 2020 at 5:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ This is a sata power plug. Do you want to repair is for use or data recovery? \$\endgroup\$
    – Jeroen3
    Sep 14, 2020 at 6:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ Other components connected to that board may also be fried on either side of the edge connector so it could be a large time investment, unreliable after a fix or even impossible to fix. If the data is critical I'd try to get it off the drive and onto another rather than reusing what you've got. \$\endgroup\$
    – mhaselup
    Sep 14, 2020 at 7:14

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Option 1: finding a replacement connector. Exact fit might be difficult.
Option 2: replace by using a donor part. Find same model drive and swap part.
Option 3: hotwire power by directly soldering to pcb traces.
Option 4: board swap. (complicated)
Option 5: sending it to professionals.


This all assumes only the connector failed due to being a cheap sata power adapters. And no failure in the drive itself.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd go with option 2 and even then if and only if the data was worth the effort \$\endgroup\$
    – mhaselup
    Sep 14, 2020 at 7:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ thanks @jeroen3 I didn't know something like this exist shopee.com.my/… \$\endgroup\$
    – Hamed
    Sep 14, 2020 at 8:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ @mhaselup I tried, didn't find \$\endgroup\$
    – Hamed
    Sep 14, 2020 at 8:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ BTW it wasn't cheap but just haste and stupidity after cleaning the connector without drying it enough \$\endgroup\$
    – Hamed
    Sep 14, 2020 at 8:59
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cleaning fried plastic and using striped wire fuse on the plastic by heat solved the problem

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