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Hi Everyone,

            In order to help complete an ongoing project with a laptop, I am needing a USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Converter for a laptop Hard disk drive.  The one I currently have is designed for "desktop" Hard disk drives, but, not "laptop" Hard disk drives.  This will be needed to start and complete a digital clone I am needing to do with respect to transferring everything from an old 80GB laptop HDD to a new 160GB laptop HDD.

             I will look forward to hearing back from someone regarding this need.  Thanks in advance for any help given.

             George
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I use one of these Thermaltake BlacX docks: http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-BlacX-eSATA-Docking-Station/dp/B001A4HAFS - it gives you the option of USB or eSATA, and will handle desktop as well as laptop drives.
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George, afaik  the laptop drives have the same connector as the desktop drives
However - the laptop drives can have an adapter, that can be removed (just slide it off) it was used only for that brand
the only different IDE connector that i know was for 1.8" drives : http://www.addonics.com/products/aat18.php
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Hi Everyone,

              The USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA connector I have has a 40 pen female connector on one side and a 43 pen female connector on the other end with a SATA data connector at the top end.  However, the laptop HDD has 47 pens.  With this information given, I am under the impression the kit I have is only for "desktop" hard drives and not "laptop" hard drives.  What I currently have looks exactly like the first one advertised on the tigerdirect.com link given.  Due to the differences in pen configuration, I am under the impression I still need to order a USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA cable for laptop hard drives.  

                Could someone review what is mentioned here; shed further light on this situation?  

                 Thank you

                 George
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can you post the model of the adapter kit? or a picture of the connectors?
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            I do not see a model number of the adapter kit on the IDE/SATA connector or the box which contained it.  However, I do have such information on the power supply strip which came with it.  But, I do not think it would be of much help though.

            George
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then , plse post a picture o fthe connectors, and be sure to name them, so we can correctly identify them
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Hi

             Okay.. Not a problem.  I will post a picture tonight.  At the moment, I am at work and away from home.  

              Thank you once again for helping me out here.

              Have a good day : - )

              George
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Hi Everyone,

               Using the first kit advertised at the top within the tigerdirect.com link, I was quickly able to determine that I do indeed have the correct kit which supports both, IDE and SATA connections for both desktop and laptop hard disk drives.  Now, here is where the confusion starts.  The laptop hard disk drive had 2 pairs of 2 connector pens which were kept off or spaced at a slighter greater distance than the other standard pens.  I did notice this to hold true as well when the laptop IDE hard drive was installed as well.  The extra 2 pairs of pens never conneced into the IDE receptacle of the laptop either, but, the hard drive installed perfectly; currently running Windows XP Pro SP3 with apps just fine.  While it is not totally necessary, perhaps someone might can shed some light on why there were 2 "extra" pairs of connector pens on the laptop IDE hard drive.  Apparently, they serve some sort of role or function, but, I am not sure what could could be off the top of my head.  Logically speaking, it is easy to assume that all pens much interface with the IDE receptacle.  This time though, it was not the case with the laptop harddrive.  Perhaps the rules which apply to desktop IDE interfacing are slightly different from laptop IDE interfacing.

                 At any rate, I am happy this problem is resolved;  I have the correct kit for interfacing both, desktop and laptop IDE/SATA hard disk drives to the USB port of the laptop or desktop.  

                 Thanks again everyone for the help given to this post.  

                 George
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>The extra 2 pairs of pens never conneced into the IDE receptacle of the laptop

Since this is an IDE drive, those pins are probably for Master/Slave/Cable Select designation.  The default without any jumpers across them apparently works for the laptop and may have been Master.
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Hi There

                 Thank you so much for the followup explanation which certainly makes sense.  
I guess I am so use to seeing those pins on a desktop harddrive which further made it confusing for me when I began looking at the laptop harddrive.  And you are right, the "extra" 2 pairs of pins did not have a jumper on them.

                 George
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