connecting desktop ide hard drive to 44pin laptop header

February 20, 2012 at 03:19:45
Specs: Windows 7
ive an old gericom laptop without its hard drive. so in order to use it has my car laptop, i cut the two 44 pin i.d.e cable and 40 pin desktop ide cable and connected those two sets of wires correctly in pin order(pin01 to 01 etc).and i provided power to h.d via seperate power supply unit. i installed win x.p s.p.3 successfully, but when restarting during installation, an error was dispalyed saying "un mountable boot volume" .i tried using fedora and ubuntu too. ubuntu stucks and fedora is not functioning too. what might be wrong with my system??

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February 20, 2012 at 05:23:47
Un mountable boot volume simply means the hard drive is not bootable. It doesn't necessarily mean the cabling is wrong. Depending on how you spliced the wires you may have crosstalk going on. IDE cables have ground wires separating the data wires to act as a shield.

Why didn't you just replace the laptop hard drive?

You may just need to install an operating system on the 3.5" drive.

There may be other issues if the laptop originally was password protected and the hard drive was removed to circumvent a hard drive password. There may be other passwords in play.

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