Use rusted USB connector?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AMSOS, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. AMSOS macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I’ve been using a 500 GB LaCie portable for backing up data on my Mac.

    Unfortunately, due to some negligence on my part the metal of the USB at the end of the connector that plugs into the port in the computer has got rusted.

    Now I’ve recently got a new MBP and am worried if using the rusted connector can harm the new MBP’s USB port in any way.

    Getting a new connector for the external is not possible.

    Should I get a new external HDD or is it okay to use the old one?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

    Gav2k

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    Can you clean it off? Rust can cause problems with shorting etc so the risk is yours to take
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    And just why can't you get a new connector they are literally pennies on amazon???

    As to the rust, just give it a scrub with some wire wool until it is clean job done.
     
  4. mrkramer macrumors 603

    mrkramer

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    If you really can't get a new cord for it, which I don't see why you can't as they are very cheap, try to clean it off. Or actually try to get a new HD that it is possible to remove and replace the USB cord for it.
     
  5. TheIguana macrumors 6502a

    TheIguana

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    Yes it can harm your computer.

    Four Little Words:

    Buy A New Connector. They are less than $1 on Amazon or Monoprice.
     

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