Connect HP notebook hard drive to desktop

Posted on 2006-05-08
Last Modified: 2007-12-19
I have a HP Pavillion Notebook with a crashed 60 GB hard drive.  It crashed during a weekly backup and Windows XP reccomended running chkdsk.  Before I knew any better, I followed this suggestion and found that it only made things worse.  I tried Norton SystemWorks Premiere recovery disk to get things back in order, but it only made it worse.  Now the mbr is missing or corrupted.  I am unable to boot the comp at all.

I would like to perform a data recovery using getdataback, but need advice on how to connect my notebook hard drive directly to the IDE bus on my desktop.  I had found a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE hard drive adaptor online, but this does not match the connector.HP hard drive.  It looks like a proprietary connector that takes the standard 40 pin and folds it over into half the width.

What I am looking for is either a hard drive IDE adaptor that will fit the HP notebook drives or, as suggested elsewhere, directions on removing the hard drive enclosure, to access the pins inside that will match the adaptor I already have.

Please advise.

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Question by:MarceusAurelious
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    If your notebook uses a standard 2.5" laptop drive, then it is most likely mounted in a "shell" that you will have to remove.   Have you removed the drive?

    ... if so, look carefully -- there are usually just 2-4 screws that hold the drive in the casing that is used for some notebooks  (some notebooks just accept the bare drive; but many have an external casing, as your apparently does.

    A standard 2.5" to 3.5" IDE adapter is almost certainly what you need -- but if you'll post the model number of your laptop -- and, better yet, the make/model of the hard drive -- I'll look them up to confirm that's what you need.
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    ... by the way, as you've learned the hard way, I NEVER run chkdsk in a case like this;  and one of the first things I suggest for any system that has Norton Systemworks installed is to uninstall it !!

    Author Comment

    Thank you garycase.

    The screws to the enclosure were covered with tape/labels.  I have everything I need.  Yes, I did learn the hard way, and have already removed Norton from my other computers.

    See ya

    Author Comment

    Apparently I spoke too soon.  I found the hard drive connector as described above, but it is a different type than the standard 2.5" notebook hard drive.  Instead of pins on the connector, they are leaves that slide into a receiver connector 90 degrees to the direction of the leaf, whereas a standard pin connector is plugged straight into its receiver.

    These are the numbers on the drive:

          Toshiba MK8026GAZ
                      HDD2191  F   ZEO1  T

    and it came out of a HP Pavillion ZV5000 notebook (p/n DP523AV)
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    The drive is a standard 2.5" hard drive.   See Page 8-25 of the hardware manual, which shows how to remove it from the bracket it's mounted to.   It should then work fine with a normal laptop-desktop IDE adapter.

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