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 Post subject: Micro USB replacement for wd3200bmvv
PostPosted: September 6th, 2017, 21:01 
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I've got an old WD passport wd3200bmvv. PCB on this model has integrated micro usb port which is damaged. I see replacement PCB's available for around $50 but it seems like a fairly trivial soldering job to just replace the damaged USB port itself rather than purchase a whole new PCB and do a ROM swap. Mouser has a bunch of different ports listed here
http://www.mouser.com/Connectors/USB-Connectors/_/N-88hmf?P=1yzxjxdZ1z0yy6bZ1yzudq8Z1ytavvn but none are an exact visual match. Anyone know which is a suitable replacement? Or is there another source?

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 Post subject: Re: Micro USB replacement for wd3200bmvv
PostPosted: September 6th, 2017, 21:14 
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Hi,
eBay is what I use mostly. I buy packs of each type. MUCH cheaper usually, but actually if I need something relatively cheap, I look for the fastest I can get it, not the cheapest or easiest.

for HDDs with a damaged port, I would solder wires to any USB header, get the data and buy a new drive. I never trust hdd's with any physical damage after recovery. Ever.


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 Post subject: Re: Micro USB replacement for wd3200bmvv
PostPosted: September 6th, 2017, 21:20 
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Cut the end off a USB cable and solder the wires directly to the PCB?

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 Post subject: Re: Micro USB replacement for wd3200bmvv
PostPosted: September 6th, 2017, 21:24 
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When I need a part I can't find browsing through online catalogues, I contact Digi-Key's technical sales rep and provide pictures of the part. They are really helpful at finding just the right part.

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 Post subject: Re: Micro USB replacement for wd3200bmvv
PostPosted: September 20th, 2017, 0:49 
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fzabkar wrote:
Cut the end off a USB cable and solder the wires directly to the PCB?

I like this idea but the traces where the damaged port were are too small...
See pics.


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 Post subject: Re: Micro USB replacement for wd3200bmvv
PostPosted: September 20th, 2017, 10:35 
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you solder stuff like that under a stereo microscope, it is quite easy to do. for the wire to USB header method, you can use thin kynar wrapping wire at around AWG#30 or less. also if the header is not an exact match physically, it doesn't matter. A data recovery company should have all the tools and shouldn't cost that much as long as there are no other issues.. if you cant find a friend to do it.


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 Post subject: Re: Micro USB replacement for wd3200bmvv
PostPosted: September 20th, 2017, 16:48 
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Solved this one. I was able to locate a similar PCB from an older Passport drive, remove the USB port with hot air, and then resolder onto the damaged PCB with micro pencil tip. Thanks for all the tips.


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 Post subject: Re: Micro USB replacement for wd3200bmvv
PostPosted: September 20th, 2017, 18:06 
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great result, well done. I would be getting data off and not using the drive again.


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