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[NITRO 5] Accidentally removed HDD from sata connection cable. Would really appreciate help.

GiorgiMGiorgiM Posts: 8Member

Tinkerer

edited January 11 in Nitro and Aspire Gaming
Hi everyone.


So, long story short, there was some kind of a loose screw that came off inside my Acer Nitro 5  an515-53 (bought it just a few weeks ago), very basic common stuff, so I thought I'll just disassemble it and re-screw it.

However, before I got to the loose screw, right after I opened the cover, the HDD cable (Not the one that you insert into the HDD  itself, but the small one (I'll include the pics)) came off from its slot. It happened because the HDD itself was still screwed onto the cover (wasn't even planning to take it off), and I was applying some force to the cover since it was quite sturdily attached. This, of course, causes the cable to be unplugged.

Now when I try to turn it on it says "no bootable device", so the HDD isn't registering anymore.

Am I screwed? I couldn't find any threads online with others having same issue, and there's no visible slot that the cable could be going in. Here are some pics:

1.)Cable I was taking about https://imgur.com/ilAvRUC

2.)Without Cover
 https://imgur.com/7aGzCZK

Where do I even connect it? Would appreciate all the help. Thanks.

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  • GiorgiMGiorgiM Posts: 8Member

    Tinkerer

    UPDATE: I managed to identify the correct slot to insert the cable in, but for whatever reason the computer won't recognize it (Says "No bootable Device). I tried to go to bios and change the boot priority from UEFI to legacy as advised in numerous guides, but only UEFI shows up. I guess my situation is worse, wherein the harddrive is simply not recognized. Loose plugging isn't an issue because I tested for that several times.

    I'm baffled as to how this small issue could've turned into such a mess. I guess I'll have to go to a computer repair shop today.

  • RedfanRedfan Posts: 65Member Devotee
    sadly I think you might have voided the warranty by doing that, that's the risk of doing upgrades yourself, any damage will not be covered by warranty. you will need a new cable to connect the hdd to the mobo since the cable is dead, might likely be able to salvage the HDD I really doubt there's damage there but you will need a new cable for it. oddly someone doing a live youtube review of this computer did the exact same thing while taking the back off and eded up killing the connection between the hdd and the mobo, it would seem that its a very delicate cable.


    tl;dr
    you need a new cable to connect the hdd to the mobo and I think you might have voided the warranty.
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