can i run a hard drive with a broken pin?

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  1. dorkultra

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    i was pulling out this hard drive from my tivo. i was using both hands, pulling straight out. one hand slipped and i managed to bend 3 pins. i bent them back, but one was already on the verge of breakage and cracked off.
    shit.
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    so, i took a small safety pin a put it in an ide cable. it works fine.
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    do you think i can run the drive without the cord...or is is it stuck with this special cord?
    i've never bent a pin before.
    good thing is that i don't really need this drive, because i got my backup off of it and transferred everything onto a new 300 gig seagate.
     
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    is that pin number 39 or 40?
     
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    try it and find out
     
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    yeah i should. i don't want to totally render it useless. i'm sure if it won't work, it just wouldn't pass the post and maybe through a smart error too.

    i'll try
     
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    nope. it won't work. it gives me an incompatible ATAPI device error.

    i guess i'm stuck with my special cord. those pins are so fragile.

    the hard drive and motherboard manufacturers must have had an evil meeting many years ago, discussing how they will inevitably sell me devices if they have the pins on the device instead of the cord...because a motherboard can have it's ide channel rendered useless because of 1 broken pin.
     
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    DASPDrive Active/Slave Present (IDE hard disk drive pin)

    i guess that would be a little essential...
     
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    I've built 3 or 400 hundred computers in my life and I've only ever bent pins, never broken one. Either you got a bad drive or you need to be a bit more careful.
     
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    i think i got a bad drive...this tivo hard drive is a refurb, so who knows what it has been through.

    it would take several bends to crack off a pin, or an extreme angle of pulling out the ide connector.
    i guess it's just a fluke. i'm so cautious now about bending/breaking pins.
     

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