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Solved: Need to transfer data from laptop drive, need adapter

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by stevedann, May 24, 2008.

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  1. stevedann

    stevedann Thread Starter

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    I need to transfer data from a laptop HD which is the only part still left working. So I'd like to plug it into my desktop. Anyone know what sort of connector is on a 40 GB Toshiba MK4012GAS laptop hard drive (as fitted to an Advent 7026.) It looks as though it slides into an edge connector on the m/board, a bit like a smaller version on a PCI card, its certainly not pins into holes as on the wrong adapter I've already bought.

    Thanks.
     
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    Thamks for the link. This is the thing I've already bought and it's wrong. I don't have pins on the HDD, there are 22 pairs of contacts, occupying the same width as the pin connector you're thinking of, that, I assume, fit either side of an edge connector on the laptop m/board. Assuming this is a standard connector type and not an Advent oddity I could buy an adapter if only I knew what it was called !
     
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    I've used that particular connector many times to convert 2.5" laptop IDE drives to 3 1/2" IDE connectors.

    I did a quick look online and what I found indicated that the Toshiba MK4012GAS was a 2 1/2" laptop IDE drive. Are you sure that there is not some kind of proprietary adapter attached to the drive to make the connection you are seeing?
     
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    Some laptop IDE drives will be encompassed in an adapter where you must remove the adapter before the IDE pins of the drive will be visible as shown in the attached pics.
     

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    You're an absolute genius, there IS an IDE connector hidden away behind the adapter which looks like an integral part of the unit. You have to take a metal cover plate off to remove it. Brilliant, thank you very much, NEVER would have spotted that by myself.
     
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    You're welcome. Please mark this thread solved.
     
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