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Installing new hard drive a little complicated! D'oh.

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#1 sean12xu


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Posted 07 July 2010 - 08:36 AM

Hi guys,

I've just popped open my Sony Vaio NR21J/S laptop to put a new hard drive inside and my setup looks like this (sorry in advance for the bad quality images):

(IDE 2.5" 40gb Hard Drive)

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I haven't fitted a hard drive before but have done a lot of research online before I finally gave in. The problem is my setup doesn't seem to look like anyone elses. I have the caddy and my new hard drive ready to go, but what is the circuit board piece for?

It slots nicely into the IDE slot on the mother board but it doesn't fit on the hard drive properly. As far as I knew it was a case of putting the new hard drive in the caddy, fastening it all and lining it up and sliding it in the IDE slot, but it won't fit which leads me to believe the circuit board must play a serious part (no sh*t Sherlock, I know)

If anyone could shed some light on exactly how I install this I'll be grateful.

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 08:44 AM

Have you tried just leaving it out and putting the hard drive in and turning on the laptop?

Does it work?

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 11:37 AM

Well the board is the controllor board for a hard drive.

The question is where did the board come from? The other hard drive? Compare both drives side by side, does the new one already have this board with the connectors included?

If so, then just install the new hard drive as is, it should work, if there are no connectors on the new drive, or a controllor board, then I would have to say that you're supposed to put this board on the new drive. I do not think though that this should be the case, I would think the new hard drive would come as a complete package.
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