Quite some time ago (years), while reinstalling the power cable connector on a HD, I broke off a good size piece (a portion of the connector's
housing) of the plastic connector that the power cable slides onto to make the connection to the HD's "ice pack" [yes the exact same "ice pack"design that I posted as a topic last week]; the ice pack is a heat sink + acts as a bay converter to take its 2.5" form factor HD to fit into a 3.5"
bay in a desktop PC.
Due to the broken off piece of plastic, the fit of the cable connector has alway been quite precarious re 'staying put' when attached, i. e., it falls off (or loosens) at the drop of the proverbial hat (but beats reinstalling???? the OS on another setup).
After last's week topic on removing my used HDs from this type of design, I discovered that the torx screws/bolts are really solidly locked into place, and out of the 2 HDs with this design (8 screws all told), I could only manage to unscrew ONE. That reality means that I cannot simply remove the HD with the partially broken connector and swap it into an 'ice pack' with a unbroken connector [Amazon reviews on this item are mostly notfavorable re quality].
I'm looking for ideas to somehow repair the broken connector. There are really close tolerances for these connections; I've considered using a piece of electrical tape as a "filler/wedge", but thin as a piece of tape is, it could just crumple up as I fitted the connector, and not to mention getting the tape's glue backing all over the connection. And yes, I could take two really big rubber bands (around the length of the HD), and have them hold the connectors together but rubber bands dry out, etc., and, possibly would be a fire hazard as well as the HD heats up. That's about all that I've been able to come up with re rigging something up that would clamp the two connectors together (and I don't think an actual clamp would be feasible).
The embedded pix is a visual aid via a Google image download of the problem area; I don't think that I could use PhotoShop to draw in the broken off area of the plastic housing (it's at least 1/3 of the area).
What is the exact model of the HDD. I'm not all that sure that they need that sort of heat sink for normal use.
Instead of rubber bands, would one of those aluminium tapes work?
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My auto mechanic neighbor showed up with a set of torx bits that fit into an interchangeable bit screw type holder. With some effort, he loosen up all the bolts. From there it was all downhill. He unscrewed the HD bolts from all the heat sinks and I was able to swap one of my newly acquired heat sinks for the damaged one in this PC. Hip Hip Hooray. The data connector now has a 'normal' fit (unlike its owner).
Well done Jack
You have great neighbours
Torx bits aren't that expensive, I have several sets rolling around here, somewhere. Once you removed the heatsink, you probably found that the connectors on the drive were no different to those on any other drive. Anyway, problem solved, so this discussion is now academic.