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Non-standard connector on Toshiba laptop hard drive

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I am trying to replace the hard drive on my brother's Toshiba laptop.  

I bought a Seagate 2.5 inch drive as a replacement.  However, when I removed the old drive from the laptop I found that it does not have the same kind of connector as the new Seagate; the Seagate is male (with pins), while the old Toshiba hard drive is female (a socket for a single row of pins).

What is especially odd is that the old Toshiba hard drive is labelled with the model number, and I was able to find a user manual for that drive on Toshiba's web site.  The diagrams in the manual show thedrive as having a connector  just like the Seagate's.

I obviously won't be able to use the Seagate drive in this laptop, but I still need a replacement for the old Toshiba drive that has gone bad.

1.  Are there any sources for drives with this odd connector (other than Toshiba itself, which will probably be expensive??  

2.  Is there an official name for this type of connector?  

3.  What possessed Toshiba to use a nonstandard connector on such a basic piece of hardware?

If you're curious to see the two drives side by side, I posted a photo of them (the Toshiba on the left, the Seagate on the right):

http://www.pbase.com/mweitz/image/61595084/original

Thanks.
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If it isn't just a connector, the drive might be inside a "caddy". Remove the drive from that caddy and then you should see the standard connections.

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Aha!! It IS an adapter.  I had thought it might be, but it seemed to be part of the drive's housing.  But I did manage to pull it off and attach it to the replacement drive.
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