Did you ever get this sorted? There are guides on how to swap them for a working one , some people sell modified pc ones on ebay to use in the ST. You don't need to be good at electronics really as it's two cables and a few screws. It takes more skill to modify it yourself. Most folk just swap them for a gotek drive emulator these days and put disk images on a USB flash drive.
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