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    Question 2.5 to 3.5 hdd adapter

    i have a m10000 nehemia mobo, 20 gb laptop hd. just got my adapter to connect the two. well my ide cable has one of the pins blacked out. and on my adapter it has a pin in that location. what am i supposed to do. did i get the right adapter? do i bend it over? thanks.

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    drill a hole in the cable connector to make it fit, the pin is probly not used and not supposed to be there

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    break it off

    You got the right adapter - they all come with that pin. I use those adapters all the time at work to recover data from dead laptop drives with no problem. Trying to drill out the 3.5 side is too much of a pain. Needle nose pliers and a couple of bends back and forth should snap that thing right off.

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    I used an old 40-conductor IDE Cable...they dont have the pin blacked out
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizardPC
    I used an old 40-conductor IDE Cable...they dont have the pin blacked out

    Or you can go to an electronics shop and buy a new IDE end for it, most of them don't have that hole filled in. That is what I did, and too boot, you can customize the length of the cable simply by cutting it down and applying the new IDE end. Was only like $1.49 Canadian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Zack
    You got the right adapter - they all come with that pin. I use those adapters all the time at work to recover data from dead laptop drives with no problem. Trying to drill out the 3.5 side is too much of a pain. Needle nose pliers and a couple of bends back and forth should snap that thing right off.
    Which side are you supposed to break off? Also, how well are those converters supposed to fit on the laptop HD pins? Mine doesnt go down all the way. The connection is pretty loose. It can easily fall off. Should I be pushing the converter down harder? Im afraid I might bend the pins. I have a Hitachi Travelstar 60GB.

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    Question super old thread bump

    Which side are you supposed to break off? Also, how well are those converters supposed to fit on the laptop HD pins? Mine doesnt go down all the way. The connection is pretty loose. It can easily fall off. Should I be pushing the converter down harder? Im afraid I might bend the pins. I have a Hitachi Travelstar 60GB.

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    They meant to break off the appropriate pin from the adapter, not the hard drive. The adapter has a small end that fits into the laptop drive that you can't break anything off from. The other end of the adapter has 40 (?) pins sticking out of it and you just need to break off the one that will let the adapter fit onto the ribbon cable.
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    Ok i get it. What about the fitting problem? Is this common?

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    I don't know about that... The adapter that I have fits loosely for the first 2/3 of the way on, the last 1/3 is very tight - I mean I was afraid that I'd break it the first time I put it on, after that it went smoothly.
    Is there maybe something wedged in one of the holes that's keeping it from fitting in the rest of the way or does the adapter just not go on any farther for every single pin? Try putting it on and rocking it back and forth the long way to see if one end goes on easier than the other.
    If neither of these thoughts helps, then I'd suggest waiting to hear back from other people who've used these adapters to see if they've had similar problems. You could always try just using the adapter as-is or taping it in place, but that's a really sketchy way to do it.
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