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How can you tighten a USB 3.0 Micro B connector port?

I've run into what seemed to be a very popular problem of Seagate External drive disconnecting/powering down often.
The more i kept plug/unplug 'ing the cables, the worse it got over the months.

Found the problem to be the usb 3.0 micro-b port on the device itself being a loose connection, not able to hold the cable connection well enough. Even though the device and cables are stationary, they still slip out of connection often, sometimes soon as it turns on.

Have tried several cables, all the same. The female port itself on the external drive is what's loose.

How can i tighten this female connection to this port. Or that of the male end of the cable tha tfits in there?
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  1. Is the external drive new? If not, how old is it?
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    Try using some pliers to slightly squeeze the female port so the male part fits more snugly.

    That is probably easier than trying to expand the edges of the male part.
  3. TheTemest said:
    Is the external drive new? If not, how old is it?


    Bought 2008. Warranty ended 2013.
    Not looking for a "send back to manufacturer/retailer" response. Want to know how to tighten the port
  4. geofelt said:
    Try using some pliers to slightly squeeze the female port so the male part fits more snugly.

    That is probably easier than trying to expand the edges of the male part.


    Seeing the drive without the enclosure, just been afraid of damaging its contact with the chip.
    Trying while typing... after some tighten/loosen/ighten/loosen/loosen... works great thanks

    Well it worked the first two times, the metal just not rigid enough to keep the tightness i guess. longest it's stayed connected though. Will just hook up the disk to a spare caddy when wanting to travel with it. Works great after first tightening and leaving cable in there.
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