Did I buy the wrong hard drive?

December 7, 2009 at 17:39:33
Specs: Vista, 2.4Ghz Q6600-4 gigs memory
I am helping out a friend who has a Dell laptop. The HD went and we ordered a new one. The original drive is a 160 gig SATA drive. We ordered a 250 gig SATA, but the connectors are different. Is there anything I can get to get the new drive to connect, or am I screwed? In the picture in the link below, the old drive is on the right, the new drive on the left.


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December 7, 2009 at 18:20:07
I can't access the site from here but there are normally adapters.

Might be a combo sata and power and the other has separate.

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December 7, 2009 at 18:49:43
Sorry, maybe I can add the picture in this post. I really do not know much about laptop HDs, so I need to do some searching online if there are adapters. Could probably return the new drive, but I am sure the store will charge some sort of restocking fee BS.


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December 7, 2009 at 19:56:29
Notice the original drive is in a caddy? If you remove that caddy, the adaptor will probably come off with it. The connector panel on the new drive is probably removable so that the drive can be inserted in the Dell caddy.

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December 8, 2009 at 03:27:03
That would be great. I had the caddy off the original drive, that is when I looked at the connection and noticed the new drive has the 2 typical SATA connections I am used to seeing on a desktop drive. The originial does not have those 2 L shaped connectors, just pins. I will have to look tonight to see if the connector panel on the new drive comes off, and hopefully I do not break it off trying :)

Thanks for the help!

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December 9, 2009 at 03:40:48
After looking at both drives side by side, the old one was longer. Ended up being the old drive had an adapter on it so the pins would fit into the slots in the Dell laptop. When I slid the adapter off, the old drive looked like the back of a standard SATA.

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