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I have a hdd docking station when i put the 3.5 ide disk in it recognizes it
but when i put the 2.5 ide in the docking station it does'nt recognize

The 3.5 has a moulex for power the 2.5 does'nt
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    Most docking stations are not equipped to handle both 3.5 and 2.5 ide drives. They will handle one or the other, usually 3.5  because of the difference in the power connections and a difference in spacing on the ide pins.
   The 3.5 inch drive, usually intended for desktops, pulls 12 v for running the motor, the 2.5 inch drive, typically for laptops, only pulls 5 v for running the motor.  
   In order to put the 2.5 into an enclosure built for 3.5, you would need an adapter, something like this: http://www.addonics.com/products/io/aa25ide35.asp or this:
http://sewelldirect.com/25to35ideconverter.asp
I hope this has been helpful and answers you question.
I might also add, that enclosures are not all that expensive any longer, nor are the drives. YOu could purchase an enclosure designed for the new sata drives, and this would not need an adapter to run both 3.5 and 2.5 drives, they use the same hookups.
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