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Solved I cannot the USB to SATA cable to my old laptop internal HD

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  1. 1874

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    Sorry, I am very naïve with computers. Basically my old laptop died and I bought a new one.
    I was hoping to connect my old internal hard drive to a cable and copy old files, photos etc to my new laptop.

    The old internal hard drive was a WD1600BEVT a 160GB WD Scorpio Blue.

    I removed it from my old laptop and because it had a stamp on it saying Serial ATA, I ordered a cheap USB to SATA cable, I currently do not think the issue is due to the cheapness as all I have seen on the internet have the same 'end' which is where I am struggling.

    I cannot find anyway to attach the cable end to the connections on the WD hard drive, it just does not fit, the connections on the WD seem way too thick/wide to fit into the aperture on the SATA cable.

    I will try to upload some photos.

    Have I ordered the wrong cable ? What connection does my WD hard drive require ? Or am I just being incredibly silly.

    Thank you
    harddrive.jpg harddrive connection.jpg harddrive connection angle.jpg cable.jpg
     
  2. cwwozniak

    cwwozniak Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Hi 1874, and welcome to TSG. It looks like you may have some kind of adapter attached to a standard SATA connector the HDD. Check if you can gently pull it off the HDD.

    EDIT: I have attached a photo of the HDD without any kind of adapter on the end for reference.
     

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    Here are both images side-by-side so you can better understand what Chuck is referring to.

    One hard drive has an adapter, and the other identical hard drive does not.

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    Thank you ever so much, I feel such an idiot. I have removed the 'adaptor' and the cable now connects.
    I still cannot get it to allow access to my old HDD but I will have to search for that or start a new post. Thank you for your help.
     
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