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Complete hardware beginner: How to remove power cables, ribbon cables and HDD drives?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Perfectionist, Dec 5, 2008.

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  1. Perfectionist

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    Please read this, sorry, I would copy and paste but like I say I'm using a Wii for internet due to no working PC, and there's no copy and paste (yes, I'm actually typing this damn long URL by hand):
    http://forums.hexus.net/hexus-hardw...r-how-do-i-take-hdd-graphics-card-out-pc.html

    Thanks for any help! Hopefully this forum will have more people online at this late/early time (I'm UK based and so is the previous forum)
     
  2. Jack Hackett

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    Just pull 'em ;)
     
  3. Perfectionist

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    Really? I'm scared of breaking em - bending or snapping pins etc. :/

    The 4box plastic white things on each drive (with the 2yellow/2black/2black/2red power cables) seems really jammed in like it's glued or something, like it's not meant to be removed at all?

    With the plug that the ribbons lead out of, there's nothing to hold onto except the ribbons (guessing this would be a bad idea) to pull, recommend anything to get the things out safely? I'm guessing sticking a screwdriver and levering out will possible cause pin bending...
     
  4. devagral

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    Perfectionnist, Do'nt pull by holding ribbons.That's really bad idea.Instead, place the edge of a screw driver in the space between the ribbon connector and the receiving socket and gently twist the screw driver.It will loosen the grip between the two.then you can pull it out by holding the connector at the end of the ribbon.
    The idea is only to loosen the grip with the help of srew driver.It will not bend the pins.Hope it helps.
     
  5. Perfectionist

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    Thanks a bunch, will try now!
     
  6. Hughv

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    These white (Molex) connectors are very often difficult to remove.
    I've never had to resort to prying, which sounds dangerous, but should work if you're careful. Maybe a pair of pliers?
     
  7. win2kpro

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    For hard to remove 4 pin molex connectors I use a set of needle nose vice grip pliers. Set the tension just enough to grip the plastic on the connector, but not enough to crack it.

    I have a couple of small blocks of wood I keep at the workbench, and after I grip the molex connector, I put a small piece of wood at the end of the chassis to act as a fulcrum, push the pliers, and out comes the connector. No fuss, no muss, no bother. Very easy removal.
     
  8. Perfectionist

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    Thanks, that looks like very useful advice, something to remember for the future too they really do seem a pain: I'm not really familiar with technical tools and not totally sure what a needle nose vice grip plier is, I had a search on Froogle UK and got this: http://www.google.co.uk/products?q="needle+nose"&btnG=Search+Products&show=dd It doesn't seem like any have adjustable tension, and when I searched for "vice grip" as well as needle nose, I got no results :/ Also heh, I wouldn't really know where to get a small, strong enough (not balsa I'm guessing!) bit of wood, I'm guessing I could buy MDF at B&Q and saw it down but if there are any alternatives it'd be easier (and less of a waste of a plank of wood). (edit: Sorry for no paragraphs, something weird seems to be going on and it removed them, even when I edited the post and tried to put the breaks back in, weird, I wasn't getting this before (on a PC now, not Wii))
     
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  10. Perfectionist

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    Right I'm in the UK so you know, I just had a look for "long nose" vice grip instead of needle nose instead and found some things, do you reckon this (£14.59incp&p) or this (£20.26incp&p) is a better buy? I'm not sure if the one on eBay's "Irwin" make (same as you recommended on that US site) is much better or whatever, and also just want to double-check I'm buying the right thing ;)

    Thanks for all the help, any idea about the wood thing or a substitute (I asked in the last sentence above, starting "Also")? Reckon a blunt knife or something would be ok? It'll probably be easier to work out what would work when I've got the tool on it, but just looking at ideas to make it easier beforehand
     
  11. win2kpro

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    The 1st link is to a 3 piece set, probably Taiwanese knock offs. They should do just fine since you are not really putting much pressure on the connector.

    You could use a piece of wood, a piece of plastic, fold up some cardboard. All you are doing is making a fulcrum (pivot point) the pliers are the lever. Lever + fulcrum = mechanical advantage.
     
  12. Perfectionist

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    I googled Rolson, apparently it's a UK company looks fairly reputable, probly only reason I hadn't heard of em is not being a tech guy - I'll order em then, thanks a lot. And again about the lever, if anything'll work then great, I wasn't sure how strong the object needed to be that's all.

    :)
     
  13. Hughv

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    "Vice grips" are for grabbing your bad habits.
    "Vise grips" are a standard locking pliers.
    Still, I've never seen one of these I had to use pliers with, 'though admittedly some are the cause of many a bad word.
     
  14. Perfectionist

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    It's correctly "vice" in English, and it can mean either. ;)

    And yeah, just worried about manually pulling possible it coming out not totally straight and getting bent pins or whatever.
     
  15. Hughv

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    Actually, it only means "either" in Britain.
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=88188&dict=CALD
    The company with the patent says "Vise", so I'll stick with that.
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    England and America are two countries separated by a common language.
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    Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 - 1950)
     
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