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    Red face How to hookup a laptop drive?

    Uhh... I'm probably gonna get laughed at for this, but how in the heck do I hook up a laptop hard drive unit for use in a standard PC?! I've been toying and staring at this thing for a few days now, and I can't figure it out! I know it's gotta be something easy, but I can't seem to find any info on it! Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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    Traxxis - you need a 2.5" IDE adapter. Here's a link to one:
    http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=205-1991

    The picture ought to give you the right idea (of course, you don't really need the brackets).
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    And how about a diskette drive?

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    Originally posted by fjmedinaa:
    <STRONG>And how about a diskette drive? </STRONG>
    Probably not going to happen. Most laptop disk drives use a proprietary interface. If you have the skill, you may be able to reverse engineer the power connections out of it and make a custom adapter cable, but that's a lot more trouble than it's worth as a standard PC floppy drive will work fine.
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    This kit providdes a mounting bracket and cable adapter

    http://www.cyberguys.com/

    NOTEBOOK 2.5''-3.5'' HD ADAPTER

    bad news $13.49

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    Or try everone's favorite www.ebay.com that's where I got mine from. In the search box just type in 2.5 3.5 hard drive and you'll find about 3 companies who sell them pretty cheap, just watch out for shipping, (The company who's really cheap charges something like $14 for P&P).
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    Answered my own question

    Originally posted by Rob
    I just got mine in the post, but before I connect it up a few questions. My adaptor will plug into the harddisk either way up and the IDE cable will plug into the adaptor either way up, obviously I'd rather not mess this up.

    So does pin 1 on the hard disk connect to pin 1 on the IDE cable (the red wire?) and are the powr connectors the 2 pins furthest from pin 1?

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    The answer is yes, pin 1 connects to pin 1, and the 2 pins furtherest from pin 1 are the power connectors. Just thought I'd post it for future reference.
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    Rob: Same thing happened to me. What I did was plug in the adaptor so that the 1 pin in the hard drive matched pin 1 in the adapter (obviously). To make sure I had pin 1 right I went to IBM's site for pinout.

    In order for the IDE cable to match the pins it had to go opposite of what it normaly goes, pin 1 is furthest from the power plug, just like you said.


    Hope I make sense and this helps you.

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    computergeeks also carries the 2.5>3.5 adapter for cheap ($3.65)

    http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=HD-108
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    What? You mean you can actually connect a notebook HD and use it as if its a normal desktop HD by just using an adapter?

    Can you boot with the notebook HD?

    Is there a catch?

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