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Hard drive replacement

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by wolfworx, Feb 1, 2008.

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  1. wolfworx

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    I want to replace the 2.75" hard drive in an old IBM Thinkpad laptop. The replacement drive, however, is thinner than the original so there is a problem aligning the pins with the holes in the drive bay connector.

    Has anyone had this problem? Exact pin alignment is critical. Is there a commercially available adapter shim that will solve the problem or should I try to make one?
     
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    By any chance, does your old HDD have a metal casing?
    If so, remove that case and put the new HDD in it.
    It is highly unlikely that a newer drive would be thinner than the old.
     
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    The newer drives are thinner by about 1/16 th of an inch!
    Old drive 7/16 ", New drive 3/8".

    Yes, there is a metal casing that I removed and fastened to the new drive, but that did not have an appreciable effect on the thickness of the new drive.
     
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