I have been told something similar at atari-home. So it is either desoldering that crap piece or hoping that a replacement of the cable itself is possible by clipping it in? I won't dare to try either
Another case where Atari saved the money on the wrong end....
I replaced a cable once, IIRC, I just took a pair of really sharp scissors <audience gasps in horror!> and
cut the useless PC orientated end off. Then, (again with correct pin orientation in mind) I pressed the
cable onto the "teeth" of that connector and reattached the plastic cover. Seems like I had to do this
a couple of times until I got it exactly right (wasn't pressed in enough/bad cut first time?) but it did
PS But Wong and the others have it right I think - the easiest way would be to find an *extension* that
just plugs between the existing internal floppy drive cable and whatever device you're hooking it too.
That way there's no desoldering, sharp scissor wielding mayhem, etc, etc,...