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Need help setting up a laptop hard drive to be an external hard drive

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#1 andrewset


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Posted 19 July 2012 - 07:50 PM


I need help setting up a laptop hard drive to be an external hard drive, please. The hard drive is from a laptop, it's small--almost flat from how not-wide it is--it's labeled ATA/IDE, and reads: Model: IC25N080ATMR04-0, by Hitachi.

I at first purchased this 'USB 2.0 to IDE SATA S-ATA 2.5 3.5 HD HDD Adapter Cable' off eBay for the job..

..because it looked to me like a nice big all-in-one kit for this sort of thing, but I was surprised to find upon receiving it today that I can't really seem to get my hard drive properly connected to it, and certainly not to the point that connecting the USB cable to my destination computer causes a hard drive to be detected. (the hard drive itself is fine)

I imagine there's some sort of adapter or connector I must still get? For example, maybe there was a way the hard drive connected to the laptop inside, so that I need to get that sort of piece, before the HDD can properly connect to one of those pieces I do now have?

I may be wrong, but I believe I count 47 pins in total off the hard drive, in case that helps: 4 pins on their own, then a tiny space, then 42 pins, with the middle of those pins having one column that's only 1 pin instead of the usual 2, making a total of 47.


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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:52 PM

Any chance of getting a look at some pics of the connection end of the hard drive?

I am thinking perhaps that the hard drive still has an adapter attached ... the adapter that is used to connect it to the particular model of laptop from which it came. If so, then that adapter can be removed (it may be difficult to loosen and remove/pull away from the HDD) and you should then be right to go ahead with your new "kit".

Edited by AustrAlien, 19 July 2012 - 10:04 PM.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:58 PM

I use that same type of kit all the time. Try what AustrAlien suggested. You need to use the smaller row of pins they should line up with the drive. It should also only go on the continuous rows of pins and there should be a spot with no hole on the adapter that lines up with the missing pin on the drive.

Part way down the page from the seller that you linked it shows hooking up the different types of drives if that helps.


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Posted 23 July 2012 - 02:32 PM

Reference for drive: http://www.netcomdirect.com/hitr80088042.html


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