Question Repairing a broken hard drive (glue in the sockets)

Noki0100

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Hi All,

My dad seems to have spilled glue onto this HDD, fusing the sockets in and probably breaking contact (it won't spin up anymore). I've scraped away as best as I can but want to try dissolving it. What can I use, I think it's a type of superglue, it cracks of in chunks and is not at all rubbery? I have white spirit, would that damage the plastic casing or risk seeping inside the case?

View: https://imgur.com/a/QEVzl9z


Any recomendations on cleaning it up or what solutions I could try?

Is it just broken beyond repair?

Thanks,
Noki
 
Hi All,

My dad seems to have spilled glue onto this HDD, fusing the sockets in and probably breaking contact (it won't spin up anymore). I've scraped away as best as I can but want to try dissolving it. What can I use, I think it's a type of superglue, it cracks of in chunks and is not at all rubbery? I have white spirit, would that damage the plastic casing or risk seeping inside the case?

View: https://imgur.com/a/QEVzl9z


Any recomendations on cleaning it up or what solutions I could try?

Is it just broken beyond repair?

Thanks,
Noki
By white spirit I assume you mean some sort of denatured alcohol based paint or lacquer thinner. I doubt it will do much to attack the glue.

If not worried about saving the cables I'd try cutting away the connectors. Use a very sharp X-Acto knife and work slowly and carefully at it, carving away bits and pieces to get to the interior. Pick away pieces you cut with tweezers or a very small pair of needle nose pliers and a machinist's scribe.

Another thing is to try weakening the superglue (assuming you mean cyanoacrylate) with acetone. It can also attack certain plastic parts on the drive so you have to be careful.
 
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Noki0100

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Yeah I removed it and cleaning it with alcohol. The system boots and functions aside from accessing the drive.

I've managed to clean it a little more, but still not even a wiggle. Might not be fixable.
 

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