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    50 pin laptop->IDE convertor?

    I have a very small Toshiba laptop drive that I could potentially use in my auto pc. It's smaller than the standard 2.5" drives and has a 50 pin female connector (i.e. 50 holes, not 50 pins). Does anyone know of a convertor that would let me use this? The drive is 54x78x5mm in size.

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    I've looked there and many other ITX web sites and all I've seen is convertors from the standard 2.5" laptop drives. Those won't work for this little guy.

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    For reference, the connector on the hard drive is identical in size and pin arrangement (as far as I can tell by sight) to a CF card. However, since the drive itself is bigger than a CF card, I cannot plug it into a CF socket to see if it works.

    Does anyone make a CF-card extender that I could use to hook up the drive to a CF socket without the casing being in the way. I suppose I might be able to get a CF->IDE convertor and see if I can use the drive that way...

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    You might want to look into a thing called "gender changer".
    Here's the result on Froogle:


    Remember - you have 50 pins, which means that if it is IDE interfaced (which I'm almost 100% sure it is) 4 of the pins are used for jumper settings. You don't want to mess with those. Usially the four jumper pins are on the right side when you flip the drive with its controller board facing up and the pins pointing downwards.

    Although, this could also be a PCMCIA drive, in which case you will need to buy one of those IDE-PCMCIA connectors or a USB-PCMCIA. Don't worry, those are pretty cheap. Now that I think about it (after reading your description twice), Toshiba is famous for making PCMCIA drives for laptops, and this might just be it. Does your drive look like this?


    If so, then look for IDE to PCMCIA converters
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arathranar
    For reference, the connector on the hard drive is identical in size and pin arrangement (as far as I can tell by sight) to a CF card. However, since the drive itself is bigger than a CF card, I cannot plug it into a CF socket to see if it works.

    Does anyone make a CF-card extender that I could use to hook up the drive to a CF socket without the casing being in the way. I suppose I might be able to get a CF->IDE convertor and see if I can use the drive that way...

    That's it! It's a PCMCIA drive. CF cards are PCMCIA II complaint, only smaller in size. If you look at a PCMCIA-CF converter you will notice that the pins are connected directly to each other. Anyways, your drive is most likely PCMCIA, just look for a device like this:



    This is called an IDE to PCMCIA adapter, there are usually quite a few on eBay to choose from and there are smaller versions too. You just have to look around a bit.
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    The drive isn't a PCMCIA form factor but it is, as far as I can tell, exactly PCMCIA sized except at the connection end where the last 4mm are the about the width of a CF card if you ignore the rails present that a CF card would slide in on (it's actually maybe 1mm shorter than that).

    The likelihood is that it's intentionally PCMCIA sized but with a CF connector instead to minimize space needed inside the laptop for the connector. I imagine the contents (the platters/electronics) ship in other true PCMCIA devices.

    Unfortunately I keep forgetting to bring my camera to take a picture so you'll have to stick with my attempts at describing it for the meantime :-(.

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    Unfortunately I keep forgetting to bring my camera to take a picture so you'll have to stick with my attempts at describing it for the meantime
    Then you will have to stick with our complete guesses for answers for now
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    Finally. Here are the piccies.
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