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I need to find a suitable connector to attach a Toshiba MK3006GAL HDD1442 D ZK01 Hard Drive to my PC so I can recover data from IT

Hi Guys

Wondered if you cna help me.

I have a Toshiba Laptop Hard Drive.

MK3006GAL HDD1442 D ZK01

I think it's a 50 pin MALE connection.

I already have spare 3.5" IDE Cables and 2.5" standard laptop cables and convertors, but I do not have one like this...

Can anyone help me find one, I am based in the UK and even an ebay.co.uk link to a product I need will help so at least I know what they are called and so can independantly search for one myself.

Thanks a lot

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Drive should be a 1.8 inch form factor drive.

Here's a source, but they are very pricey:

The wiebetech ComboDock adapters work well -- but they are even more expensive than a cursory glance may make it seem ==> you need BOTH the adapter for the drive you need to use (~ $100) AND the ComboDock ($250 for the "Super Drive Dock")  or Forensic ComboDock ($400).

I suggested one some time ago, and the user purchased it and was very impressed at how well it works; but it IS pricey.

Does the DRIVE have male connectors? ... or do you need an adapter with male connectors?  They make 1.8" drives that work both ways, so I'm not sure which you have.

Here's a 1.8" to 2.5" adapter at a reasonable price -- but in this case the adapter has the male adapters (which, if I understand your question correctly, is NOT what you need):

It looks like this IS what you need (I've not used it):
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auraorangeAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the great feedback,

it does appear this http://www.span.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=4267&rr=1 is what I need.

However I have been looking on ebay (dare I say) and come across this.


Now the connector from the botherboard only has 44 male pins and therefore only uses 44 pins of the 50 allocated on the hard drive, so do you think this ebay item will do the job?

My main concern is spending extra money to recover data then finding the data wont recover.


No, I don't think there's any chance the e-bay link will work.   It's designed to plug a CF card into and then use in a standard laptop (a 2.5" slot).   Interesting gadget ... but not what you need :-)

"... spending money ... then finding the data won't recover ..."  is always a risk.   But the only way to even try is to have the correct interface adapter.    ... and at least the span link is MUCH less expensive than the wiebetech ComboDock & adapter :-)
auraorangeAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply Gary!

auraorangeAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot for ALL feedback

This has saved me from wasting money on buying the wrong thing and from spending potentialy hundreds of pounds on an item ive just bought for £30!

Have a great weekend

You're most welcome.   Post back & let us know if you recovered your data :-)
auraorangeAuthor Commented:
Hi Gary,

I got my bit of kit for the drive.

Unfortunately there is heavy clunking and "GET DATA BACK FOR NTFS" finds the drive but gives back the following information about it:

Pysical Drive
Geometry - 1 cylinders, 1 heads, 1 sectors

LBA Sectors 1 (0.00MB)

Kind of access - LBA Mode

The program wont find any files, operating systems etc.....

So I guess the clicking (which is loud for a small drive) is preventing data recovery.
Yes, it sounds like the drive has failed beyond the ability of data recovery software.   There are two things I can think to try (one cheap, one not):  (1)  Are you SURE it was formatted with NTFS?   ... if there is ANY doubt (or even if there's not it won't hurt to try) then try GetDataBack for FAT;  and (2)  if the data is worth it; send the drive off to a professional data recovery company -- this will cost a lot (I know a good company in the US that does it for as low as $400; but I don't believe they accept international business; and most companies charge more -- you can call if you want to confirm that:  www.gillware.com).

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