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My girlfriend's portable hard drive is currently borked. The USB connector has started to come off where it meets the wire. The one repair shop I took it to said that the company that makes the hard drive don't supply the cables seperately (it's a fancy retracting one) and fitting a third-party cable would be a much bigger job, costing £50 or thereabouts.
Is this accurate? Is it that tough to reattach or replace a male USB connector? Or could I find a repair place to do it for cheaper?
We don't care about replacing it exactly, we just want it to work again. I've fixed broken wires before, but obviously a USB cable is a different kettle of fish.