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  1. Boothbay

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    Its on my old Sony laptop of the cd rom and here are some pictures of it sorry for the bad focus on most of them, but all i can say as you look at it it is not an ide connector...but you may get a general idea of what it is.
     

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  2. leroys1000

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    It looks like that drive is mounted in a drive carrier.
    Is it?
    If it is,then you can probably remove the screws on
    the sides and the back and slide the drive out.
    In which case,that connector is an adapter board
    that adapts the driive to the laptops connection.
    With the drive out of the carrier,you should be able to
    carefully remoe the adapter and transfer it to a new,
    compatable drive.
    Many laptops use an adapter like that for drives.
     
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    Don't know what you mean by drive carrier...i have the cd as you can see loosely in my hand i assume it locks into the side of the laptop which is a male if i can buy such a male connector like that, i may be able to use the cd rom with my netbook on an enclosure basis
     
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    A drive carrier is a mount that the drive is mounted into.
    It is the drive carrier that locks into the laptop.
    The drive itself,would be mounted into the carrier
    with 2 screws on both sides and from the looks of
    yours,2 screws in the back.
    If you remove the screws and take the drive out of
    the carrier,then remove the thin connector adapter
    from the back,you will probably find a standard drive.
    Be careful removing the connector adapter.
    Those circuit boards are really thin.
    That thin board is needed to macth the drives connection
    to the laptops connection and it can be hard to find a replacement.
    Sounds like you don't need to worry too much about the board.
    if the other laptop doesn't use an adapter.
    If it does,it is probably not the same adapter anyway.
     
  5. Boothbay

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    I'm confuse what do u mean by replacing it with a standard adapter? Do you mean i could replace it with an ide connector?
     
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    What I am saying is if you remove the drive from the carrier
    and remove the connector adapter board from the back end
    of the drive,it may be a satndard IDE laptop CD drive.
    It is possible that it is not,but usually they are.
    Understand that laptop CD drives don't have pins like
    hard drives,but if you take off that adapter board on the
    back of it,it should have a smaller connector.
     
  7. Boothbay

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    No it doesn't ...i took it off and saw nothing like that. I was wondering if their is such an adapter that would have a male of that connector going to a ide male. I just don't know what they call that connector. If it exists, than i could attach it to my ide enclosure.
     
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    It is most likely a proprietary Sony connector tha may be used for nothing else. You would need to replace the drive with the correct Sony part, anyway, or it wouldn't fit or work properly.
     
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    I don't think that there is a caddy. I think that it is the whole drive that is removed since it's an optical drive and it may be disassembled as far as it can be without actually going into the drive itself.
     
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    Can you post a picture of the whole drive taken from above ?

    That should show if it's in a plastic carrier or not.

    What model laptop is it ?
     
  12. leroys1000

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    In the fourth picture,you can see the latch point in the
    carrier and what appears to be a screw going into the drive.
    You can also see the spring metal on the back of it that pushes
    the drive carrier out when it is released.
     
  13. Elvandil

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    But it's only a finger wide.
     
  14. leroys1000

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    Yeah,the latch only needs to grip the catch inside the laptop.
    It doesn't need to be very big.
    For a latch like that one,there is usually a slide switch type of thing
    on the bottom of the laptop that releases the carrier and the spring
    makes it pop out so you can grab the drive.
    Usually,if you can get a good look at it,the carrier actually wraps around
    the whole drive except the front.
     
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    The drive definitely looks likes it wrapped in a carrier/caddy.
     
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