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Seagate GoFlex External USB HDD Intermittent Working Solved

By on August 15, 2020
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As per customer stated the problem that HDD works when he bend the cable from HDD connector side.

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I have start diagnosis. I have connected the unit to my computer and confirmed the same problem so definitely I have doubt on the cable because when you bend the cable some time it works some time it won’t. This cable is USB 3.0 ver. for confirmation I have removed the cable and connected to other device it has worked perfectly even I have checked with twisting and bending the cable but it worked perfect. So problem is not with cable but something is wrong with the unit where cable gets connect on the HDD.

So I removed that unit from the HDD casing

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And dismantled the unit to see what is inside as soon as I opened the unit USB3.0 socket fell down itself.

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So this is the problem …………… it is time to solder it back by applying flux

flux repair

I would prefer to use this type of semi liquid flux because it can easily get cleaned by using IP after soldering / desoldering. rather than using old type hard paste that you have to scrap it from the PCB using some pointing device to clean.

I have resoldered the same socket as I didn’t found any damage on PCB trace and socket itself is found ok. (Use Magnifier glass to check this type of micro solders for shorting side by pins)

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Now it is time to reassemble the unit and testing…           seagate hard disk fixed

After reassembling connected the drive to my PC it detects and found working ok.    

This article was prepared for you by Yogesh Panchal who works as a Computer Hardware Engineer in Mumbai India.

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  1. Albert van Bemmelen

    August 15, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Those Blue USB 3.0 cables are indeed way too stiff to use without causing any problems in time! I know this from my brandnew external USB 3.0 two-and-a-half inch hdd that won't work if I position the cable wrong. Like those stiff HDMi cables which do not take much before the wires or the plugs brake.

    • Yogesh Panchal

      August 20, 2020 at 3:43 pm

      Absolutely Right! Albert,
      This is because of stiff cable it does not bend easily hence making load on connector.

  2. Parasuraman S

    August 15, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    "rather than using old type hard paste that you have to scrap it from the PCB using some pointing device to clean" - can be said only by such experienced people like you! Well done! Many thanks for the tips!

    • Yogesh Panchal

      August 20, 2020 at 3:44 pm

      Your Welcome!Sir

  3. Waleed Rishmawi

    August 17, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    my favorite kind of repair jobs. I have the microscope for such jobs and it is amazing. keep up the good work and have a blessed day

    • Yogesh Panchal

      August 20, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      Thanks! waleed.

  4. Humberto

    August 19, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Good repair, Yogesh

  5. Yogesh Panchal

    August 20, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Thank You! Humberto


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