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13 Dec 2014   #1
thegeezerrr

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hi guys , i have a question to ask if i may. i have found a laptop hard drive and the pins are different from all the others i have so i am looking into getting an adapter all the adapters i am looking for are 44 pin to sata which is close enough but when i count the pins i only have 43, i gather the other 4 separate is for the power but i know one isn't snapped off so do i go for the 44 one..many thanks for your time...TG


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13 Dec 2014   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

In old IDE hard disks there were often only 43 pins because the 44th pin was used as a key so you couldn't plug the thing in backwards. I suspect that your 44 pin adapter will work just fine on your 43 pin drive.
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14 Dec 2014   #3
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Since it's a Notebook/Laptop drive there are 4 separate pins for use in selecting the drive function such as Cable Select, Master or Slave. Those pins are not normally used in Notebooks as usually the default is Cable Select. Finding the jumper for them is more difficult as they are quite small. And the jumper is not needed unless mounting in a case that can accept two such as using the adapters for 2.5" to 3.5" in a Desktop case. There were a few 17" Notebooks made that could accept 2 such drives.
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01 Jan 2015   #4
thegeezerrr

win 7 and vista
 
 
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nice one berton and a happy new year my friend
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01 Jan 2015   #5
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

And Happy New Year to you.
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