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IDE interface for notebook HD?

Discussion in 'Notebooks' started by martin lynch, May 18, 2010.

  1. martin lynch

    martin lynch Flightless Bird

    Is the interface for an IDE drive that comes from a notebook slightly
    different from an IDE drive that comes from a desktop PC?

    I have a 5 1/4" external HD enclosure, for which the IDE cables fit
    into the socket of a desktop hard drive. However, I tried hooking it
    up to the notebook hard drive from my HP Pavilion ZE1230 (which is
    also spec'd as an IDE drive), and the pins in the cable don't line up
    correctly to the drive. The number of pins is correct, but their
    spacing is slightly different. Is it because the HD enclosure is
    made specifically for desktop drives? Do I need to get a 3.5" HD
    enclosure?

    Thanks for any advice...
     
  2. Thomas Wendell

    Thomas Wendell Flightless Bird

    They are slightly different, as power is on the same connector.
    You need somethimg like this:
    http://www.datapro.net/products/laptop-ide-hard-drive-adaptor.html


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    Thomas Wendell
    Helsinki, Finland
    Translations to/from FI not always accurate



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    > Is the interface for an IDE drive that comes from a notebook slightly
    > different from an IDE drive that comes from a desktop PC?
    >
    > I have a 5 1/4" external HD enclosure, for which the IDE cables fit
    > into the socket of a desktop hard drive. However, I tried hooking it
    > up to the notebook hard drive from my HP Pavilion ZE1230 (which is
    > also spec'd as an IDE drive), and the pins in the cable don't line up
    > correctly to the drive. The number of pins is correct, but their
    > spacing is slightly different. Is it because the HD enclosure is
    > made specifically for desktop drives? Do I need to get a 3.5" HD
    > enclosure?
    >
    > Thanks for any advice...
     

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