07-10-2018 03:45 PM
I had my machine open to reseat memory and drive cable and accidentally wiped out the hdd connector on the motherboard.
It looks impossible to fix and a new mb is as much as a new machine.
I was wondering if there's another connector somewhere on the MB? A schematic would have that info.
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07-10-2018 04:46 PM
There are no such diagrams available. Can you post a picture of the damaged area and the broken part?
07-11-2018 10:14 PM
Here's a picture. The empty drive slot is below. Connector is gone. If it were there, it would be above the slot and below the "F3102: 3A 32V". I pushed the cable in and it broke off (there are a couple of pips on the connector that needed to be behind thingees on the connector and it didn't want to go in).
Is there somewhere else a sata drive could be plugged in??
I swapped out the original 500g hdd with a Samsung 860. Windows updated and wouldn't boot. Tried the usual things and then was attempting to reseat RAM and hdd cables (has helped in the past).
Didn't think I was that clumsy.
07-11-2018 11:14 PM - edited 07-11-2018 11:28 PM
No place else to plug. That's a mess. The picture isn't good enough to show whether any of the pads are damaged. If not, you might be able to replace the connector. I assume it is a normal, pinch connector. (I assume you knew to open the connector before removing or inserting the cable.) If the pads are intact, someone with a rework station might be able to apply a small amount of solder paste to the area and zap it from above while heating from below with a preheater. (Solder paste is a mixture that contains some flux and some micro-encapsulated blobs of solder.) I would look to Mouser electronics for the part. They have a good online catalog and they sell in small quantities. Digi Key also has parts and they would sell small quantities of soldering paste. This is not a good first project for a do-it-yourself'er.
07-12-2018 07:43 AM
Is there somewhere else a sata drive could be plugged in??...
If you don't have a WWAN card an m.2 SATA SSD in the WWAN slot could be an option.
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07-12-2018 09:57 AM
Thanks for the info. Indeed, a mess.
I don't know how I'd tell if I was getting the right part without a part number. Also, it is the worlds crappiest connector. That pinch mechanism is ludicrously delicate.
I know things need to be small but a little more robustness would only cost a few more pennies.
Yeah, no way I'm doing it myself. I needed 10x head mounted magnifiers to even see a little bit of what's going on.
07-12-2018 02:36 PM
It isn't a matter of cost. Size and thickness are the issue. The ones in the smaller machines (like x1 carbon and x1 yoga) are even lighter and thinner. Current laptops from all manufacturers stress size and weight over ease of repair and ease of upgrade. That is what buyers seem to want. The direction is poor for people (like me) who repair laptops, but that is reality.
07-12-2018 03:26 PM - edited 07-12-2018 03:27 PM
I would submit that a more robust connector could be used while remaining thin and lightweight. It would cost more. But it would be a feature for those who cared. Undoubtedly professional marketing people know more than I.
I'm accepting your answer. Now I know there is no available schematic.
Thanks very much for your input.
09-27-2018 01:50 PM
Had the same issue. Replacement connector is Hiroshi FH55-40S-0.5SH
Keep in mind that replacemtnt is possible only using bottom IR heat and precise soldering iron.
So buy replacement connector and go to repair workshop where guys with proper soldering equipment will do the job for you.