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Strange pin configuration in Compaq notebook

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Hello, I bought a new Compaq 504us laptop and want to move my harddrive from my Acer 3680 notebook to the Compaq so I don't have reinstall everything.

However, when I pulled out the Compaq's HD, I saw that it does not have the pins like regular 2.5" drives. It is more like two long plugs with connection pin etched on them. I've never seen this type of connection before.

Is this some type of a new connection system industry-wide or are we back into another trap by corporations forcing you to buy components from them? Could HP be that stupid to burn its customers 'cause of greed?

If the former is the case, does that mean there is no way I can drop in my old 2.5" HD, correct?



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or can you post a picture ?
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Yeah, I think you're right about SATA.

So there's no way to switch drives, correct?
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if the Acer disk is IDE, no , there is no way.
but you can copy everything on the new drive, if you like.
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1. The comments above about SATA drive are valid, of course. Also, many laptop makers include an adapter between the standard 2.5" interface and the motherboard. This adapter will often be designed to withstand connect-disconnect operations better than the 34-pin interface (also, many adapters make the operation much easier as the force required to make or break is much less). The adapter can be removed from the HD.

2. Moving the HD between 2 laptops of different brands isn't recommended. You'll very likely just crash your O/S and get a headache. A proper install of the O/S is always recommended. A "cloning" of the old drive is tantamount to the same thing - you'll regret it.
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rid, thanks for comment. So essentially there is no way to move to another laptop without going through reinstalls? I mean, I have 25GB of software installed right now.

How about this: put the old HD in a USb shell and boot from USB? i KNOW not convenient, but at least would get me going for now until I get the time to go through the installs.
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much too slow - usb is only 480 MB /S 5MAX  - - - if your lappy supports booting from usb
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The problem is not speed, but drivers for chipset and what have you - every piece of hardware that isn't exactly the same between units will cause a driver problem. The O/S install on the old laptop is "customized" to some extent to that particular machine. It is not very likely it'll work OK in the new machine - different age, different maker etc spells different insides.... A repair install may help the situation, but there's some work involved. If you DO choose that path, you should try to "clone" the old drive to the new one. Don't hold your breath waiting to get the new one running smoothly, though...
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