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how to connect 2.5" solid state drive to a 1.8" slot?

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is there an adapter that can do this?  i see a lot of 1.8' to 2.5 " adapters but that's not what i need.
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by:jamietoner
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You can't fit a 2.5" drive in a 1.8" slot, that is why an adapter doesn't exist.
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by:Darr247
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The only choice I can see is a 2.5'' SATA to USB adapter.

I can tell exactly what you want... you want an adapter that will stick out far enough to plug in the 2.5'' drive without fitting inside the 1.8'' slot... like this 1.8'' to SD card adapter: http://www.swd.de/products/datasheets/SOA-SLZA3001_en.html

But I think nobody makes the adapter you want because the 1.8'' ZIF CE /1.8'' Toshiba/CF jacks cannot supply enough power to run a 2.5'' drive.
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by:matteogallo
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jamietoner,

i think this fits...so is it just a power issue?
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by:garycase
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Power is not an issue -- the drive uses exactly the same amount of power as a 1.8" unit.

While you can buy SATA extension cables that would let you physically connect the drive;  I don't believe they would fit in the space you have available.     There MAY be room if you mounted the drive in the opposite direction and routed the extensions across the drive -- hard to tell for sure from your picture.

Power:  http://www.amazon.com/OKGEAR-GC12AMF-15pin-power-extension/dp/B005VRGGGO
Data:  http://www.cpustuff.com/7-pin-internal-sata-extension-cable-female-to-male-8-inches.html

But the best "solution" would be to simply buy a 1.8" SSD :-)
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by:jamietoner
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Whats the make and model of the system you are installing the drive into?
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by:matteogallo
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sony vaio z890.  the reason i want to use a 2.5" is because I can get a 500gb ssd drive, i cant find a 1.8" 500 gb.
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Understand.    The largest 1.8" SSD I can find is a 300GB Intel 320 series -- an excellent unit, but indeed not 500GB :-)

You might try the extension cables if you think there's enough space for them ... but it certainly doesn't look like it in your picture.    You may simply have to settle for 300GB.

You could always install a 300GB SSD and plug a 128GB SD card in the SD card slot -- 428GB still isn't 500 ... but it's getting close :-)
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by:Darr247
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Hmmmm... how do those cables connect a 2.5'' SATA to a 1.8'' (ZIF *or* Toshiba) interface?
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