I thought I would give an update. The first thing I did was order what was suppose to be an identical model PCB bridge form eBay. I hooked it up, and it flat did not work. So, if you are planning on going this route, just like Joe said above, there is a possibility that it will not work, even if the serial numbers match perfectly. On Monday I took it to a local computer place with a soldering specialist and had them solder it back on. After two days He calls me and said it worked, but luckily I was smart enough to bring my laptop with me and try it right there in the store before paying, and it did NOT work. He insisted I pay anyway which I refused (he originally said if it didn't work no charge), and walked out. So either He did a lousy job soldering it, or it was damaged beyond repair. That day I ordered a Rosewill external hard drive from Amazon, which works perfectly, although I had to format the hard drive, losing my data (which at this point was dispensible anyway so no big deal).
WD really should cover this kind of under warranty as I feel this is a design flaw. The USB port has no support at all besides being soldered the PCB. Not only that, before it broke, the thing was very loose, and would constantly disconnect randomly during data transfers.