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Drive For Dell Latitude D400

This should be very simple, but I can't seem to get it right.  I need a replacement drive for a Dell Latitude D400 notebook.  I can't find any definitive documentation on standards for notebook drives.  Wikipedia didn't help much.  The 2.5 inch drive I pulled from my newer Panasonic fits nicely in the bay, but it is clearly not the right interface as the pins don't match up to the socket.  I picked up what I though was the right drive from an auction site, but it appears to have the same pin configuration.  Further complicating things, it looks like the D400 has different types of drives depending on when it was made.  So what is the right interface for this thing?

Mike
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David WallCommented:
Can you supply the type of drive you pulled from the dell ie make and midel number.
 
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nobusCommented:
>>  as the pins don't match up to the socket.   <<  is this an ide drive or a sata?
if IDE, there maybe an adapter installed on the drive - remove it
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David WallCommented:
Another place to look is the dell support site if you enter your service tag number they will be able to tell you what sort of drive was fitted.
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shachoAuthor Commented:
Well, that's the problem.  There is no drive so I don't know what to get.

Here is the replacement drive I thought would work, but doesn't:

http://www.hitachigst.com/portal/site/en/menuitem.9588d63dd3d21c5deb4703e3aac4f0a0/
http://www.rakuten.co.jp/marshal/1836689/1897832/1897834/

Mike
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shachoAuthor Commented:
Hang on a sec.  The manual is saying something about fitting an "interposer" over the pins....
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David WallCommented:
As Nobus mentioned there may have been an adapter, that filled between the disk and the laptop you may have to get one of those also, try and find a detailed description of haw to replace the drive .

Good luck.
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shachoAuthor Commented:
Looks like this is what I need.  So what is it called?  Is this adapter specific to the D400 or Dell, or is it a common device that I can find easily on eBay or the like?

http://www.powerbrixx.com/index.php?main_page=popup_image_additional&pID=369&pic=1&products_image_large_additional=images/SKU_1467_1_PB1a_02.jpg&zenid=5626fb09871546ffe84a3b69059a15e7

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burrcmCommented:
The adapter you already have. It is attached to the drive you removed from the machine. This is why it looks different to all the others. Prise it off, and fit it to the replacement.

Chris B
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shachoAuthor Commented:
As I mentioned - there is no drive.  No caddy, no drive, no adapter.  I got this from a friend who had removed the drive when it broke and pitched it - caddy and all.  I guess if I could find a replacement caddy that includes the adapter (imposer), that would be even better.  Would be cool if I could find a part number...

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shachoAuthor Commented:
Brilliant.  Thanks all.

Mike
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