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Hello

We have an old packed up Dell Inspiron 8100 laptop.
Data needs to be transferred from the hard drive to our current laptop.

I have removed the hard drive.
It is a Hitachi Travelstar hard drive.
Model: IC25N040ATCS04
40GB ATA/IDE


The problem is I cannot find the correct wire connection for the pins on the back of the hard drive.
We were thinking of transferring data via the hard drive to a USB port on our current laptop.

I have taken pictures of the connector on the back of the hard drive for a clearer idea of the problem.

Thanks in advance for all help provided.
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by:cholmskov
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Thats quite simple, the correct pin connector is an extension that you will usually find plugged on it.

I would take a pic if I had a camera here.

Basically the harddisks have a small "hood" you need to put over it.

I have here at work a "docking" station for the standard laptop harddisk like yours that don't require the extra converter, you can look for it, it's produced by Deltaco.

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by:reyaazm
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That was quick!
do you mean that the pin connector is inside the old laptop and can be pulled out?


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Just taken the hood off.

Didn't know it was that simple.

Thanks for that.
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Nope Reyaazm, it's usually a loose connector, a small "square" that will sit on the end of the pins, it wont be stuck inside the laptop (well it may be, but I have never seen that).
The thing is, they are not on all harddisks, some laptops uses the standard flat pin connector's as seen on your pictures, while others, like Dell and Lenovo uses another one, so it's modified by putting the small case on it.

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No problem :)
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by:nobus
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now you can use one of these : usb to sata adapter cable :
http://techgage.com/article/vantec_sataide_to_usb_adapter/

note : always buy one with a power adapter !
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thank you
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