The hard drive was failing
Repair took about an hour. Suction Cups, torn screwdrivers and tweezers made it a breeze.
Hardest part was understanding that the sync cable itself had to be pulled out. I kept trying to pull on the "black part" thinking it was the connector that had to be removed from the board. Might want to make that more clear in the directions!
Heavy-Duty Suction Cups (Pair)
TR8 Torx Security Screwdriver
TR10 Torx Security Screwdriver