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    Laptop Drive Adapter

    I have a 10 gig, 2.5" laptop hard drive I'm trying to use temporarily for someone in a non-laptop computer. I have an adapter that I bought several years ago (when I was still working) that connects to the laptop drive's pins and thence to a standard IDE connector. The problem is that I've had the adapter so long, I have no documentation for it and I can't figure out which way to orient the thing when I connect it to the laptop drive. There are no notches or other evidence of where the #1 pin is and I'm sure it has some relationship to the power connector but I don't want to risk damaging anything. Does anyone have any experience with these little gizmos?

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    Re: Laptop Drive Adapter

    Al,
    I don't know for SURE, but it always used to be that the tracer on the cable end went closest to the power connector. Pin 1 was the nearest to the power.
    Do you have any idea what the manufacturer of the drive wasis ?

    Check this site for adapter info and also they have an 800 number to call. Maybe they can help.

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    Re: Laptop Drive Adapter

    hanks Bob. The 2.5 drive is an IBM and it does have a clear indication of where pin #1 is. However, my adapter is the thing that has no pin markings and I don't know if pin #1 would be on the end where the power connector is or not. The picture from your link has what must be a more "modern" adapter board, for it has another pair of wires that mine doesn't have. Well, what the heck, maybe I'll connect the adapter and see what happens - worst case (I hope) is that I blow a drive that's several years old anyway.

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    Re: Laptop Drive Adapter

    If it's just a adapter to convert a regular pint pin IDE ribbon cable to a 2.5 " drive, I don't think that you would be in much danger of damaging the drive electricaly. That should be just a signal cable. No real voltages.

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    Re: Laptop Drive Adapter

    Al, I've seen several USB 2.0 enclosures for 2.5" hard drives. Would it be worth a few bucks to buy an enclosure for this drive so you could connect via USB to any PC (or Mac for that matter)??

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    Re: Laptop Drive Adapter

    Ordinarily not a bad idea, Mark. But I'm gonna put it in a removable rack that's normally used for regular hard drives and stick it in a machine that's a Celeron running Win98. If it doesn't turn out to be practical, it's cheaper to buy a 3.5" HDD for the (existing) rack/tray. It's to be used as a third drive for backup only and we were just trying to keep from throwing away this laptop drive since I already had the adapter. (the drive came out of a defunct laptop) Thanks for the idea...

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