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    Well, it certainly LOOKS like a CF interface, but we have no way of knowing its pin-compatible. Do a and see what the interface specs are, if its CF then an IDE/CF adapter could be modified to work.

    Edit: Its a 1.8" Embedded HDD for MP3 players etc. Specs here: http://www.toshiba-europe.com/storag..._Datasheet.pdf
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    ***Other than the differences in voltages, 3.3 v versus 5.0 v for 2.5 inch drives***

    It looks like it has the same pin size and pitch as laptop 44 pin, and looking at the specs for the drive at the Toshiba site, it APPEARS to use the same pinout as 2.5 laptop 44 pin drives. http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Pat...00659c00000641

    And it should be noted that 2.5 drives are actually 50 pin also. 44 data, 2 missing, then 4 for the Master/Slave/CS pins. 50 total. Just use those gender changers someone else posted above (I got them for a buck a piece for each row, two required).

    I haven't played around with a 1.8 inch drive yet, but I have been using laptop drives in a couple of different systems that have required me making cables with double ends and flipping them, and using the gender changers. I don't know how to deal with the different voltage requirements/uses.

    http://www.ddknet.co.jp/us/products/...d_d/index.html might be of some use also.

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    So to summarize, I just need to get a 50 pin gender changed and use an existing laptop->IDE convertor? I thought they were only 44 pin? Is the pin out of a 2.5" laptop drive really identical in size to the pin-out on this drive (not having one to compare to, I don't know the answer to that).

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    so what is this drive exactley called what are the sizes of the drive 40 18 120 gig where can you get these ebay?? direct from the manufacture??

    i want to tag along with this and see wht you come up with to use this drive

    thanks

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    Actually, after some easy quick google searches, it looks like the pitch is 1.27 mm for the 1.8 inch drive IDE, 2 mm for 44 pin 2.5 inch drive IDE (and 2.54 mm for 40).

    A little google time, and going to the drive manufacturers web page brought up all this information pretty quickly and painlessly.


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    pitch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arathranar
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    spacing between the pins. 1.27 mm is the pitch, .05 inches, which is what CF is. You can find the pin assignments for CF also. With the 3.3 v requirement, it seems more and more like it is a CF interface. I don't really know, I looked into these drive a little because my project would be way better with these over a 2.5 inch drive, but cost and availability, as well as all these unknowns knocked them out of the running for me using them.

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    Your hard drive is ATA-5 interface. SPEC
    you need the connector board as shown in my picture, and attach to this adapter here.
    seems a pretty expensive route to take.
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    That looks like an EARLY PCMCIA to CF adapter..
    how about just using a CF to IDE adapter

    I could be wrong on what you currently have, any "close up " pics ???

    man, pics get " ***** " in url

    here's one
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