How do I fix my external hard drive after dropping it?

by on August 14, 2009

Q: I really need help recovering my external hard drive. You see I was working on my computer one day and my hard drive was connected and next to my elbow. I accidentally knocked it off at one point and the USB socket on the hard drive broke. It got pushed back inside the hard drive.

I took apart the hard drive and tried to see if I could solder it back on but the little silver things on the socket broke. So my question is do I buy another motherboard (green thing)(that’s what I think the USB socket was connected to) or do I buy an enclosure. Can you also tell me where to buy it?

The hard drive I have is a Western Digital 160 GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive with these dimensions: 12.8 x 6.4 x 7.9 inches ; 5 pounds.

One Response to “How do I fix my external hard drive after dropping it?”

    The hard drive inside the enclosure is probably either an IDE or SATA drive.
    In this photo IDE is on the top, and SATA is on the bottom:

    If you just want to get the data off this drive, you should be able to just hook it up inside your PC and pull the data off. This of course assumes the drive survived the fall.

    If you want to continue to use the drive externally, you can get a new enclosure from newegg:

    Just make sure you get one that supports the hard drive (IDE vs SATA)