I'm workin' on my little carputer, and have a couple old(ish) 2.5" notebook drives that I want to use. I have two of these adapters, but they don't need to be working.
When I power up the computer, the drive(s) don't even seem to spin up. I know the drives are perfectly functional, so what gives?
Anyone else had trouble with these adapters? I'm waiting to get my $2.99 multimeter from here (well, looks like they raised the price a bit) to test the leads, but this is such a simple device, I can't imagine it being bad. I've tried both adapters on both drives, together and one at a time, on both drops of my IDE cable. Nada.
Thanks for any help!
I had problem with them too. They appear to work fine initially, but when I transfer large data, the transfer seem to occur in bursts, with periods of very long waits in between.
silly that these things should have issues. It's purely a passthru device, no logic, no components even.
I'll hack up a couple of IDE cables and make my own adapter to see if I can remedy this.
Thanks for your feedback!
that's the adapter I bought back in March 2001.. kind of pricy for the part, but it's now over 2 years later and I've never had a problem with it.
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i had the same poblem when i bought an 2.5" adapter like that, i couldn't figure out what it was. I thought i'd fried the harddrive so i flipped over the adapter as a thought that it can't get any worse scenario and low and behold the drive booted up and continues to work fine.
Just double & triple check that you have it the right way.
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After putzing with this for a while last night, I found that it was a combination of things: master/slave/cs jumper , and connecting the thing upside down. My IDE cables are keyed (pin 20 must be missing to use the connector), so I had to remove the 20th pin on the larger side of my adapter. This allowed me to plug it in, and required this bit to be correct. Then, I verified the drive's pinout:
xxooooooooo oooooooooo db
with a-d being jumpers, 'o' normal IDE pins, and 'x' being the power and ground pins
all open = Master
a-b = Slave
b-d = Cable Select
c-a and c-d will cause the drive not to spin up
The way I had it, it was jumpered to not spin up - 'c-d' is how my desktop drive sets 'cable select'.
Hope this helps others!