need adapter to connect one HD to another HD to restore file

April 5, 2012 at 08:34:40
Specs: Windows XP, 160 gb
to connect a hard drive to another hard drive do i need a adapter to do this, i was trying to restore a file in one but thr wireing is diffrent is there a adapter for this

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#1
April 5, 2012 at 09:00:58
You can't "connect a hard drive to another hard drive". Hard drives need to be connected to the motherboard either thru IDE or SATA. If your board doesn't have the proper connectors, you'll need to install a PCI controller card. You can also connect the drive externally via USB, firewire, or eSATA if you have the proper external case, dock, or adapter. You need to provide us with more info about your HDDs & motherboard.

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#2
April 5, 2012 at 11:08:16
ok look this is getting frustrating now i have my computer that i am on now which runs windows xp pro,now on my second computer that is at another location and its own lan line. but when i trun one on i get a windows\system32\config\system error and could not open nothing so i was trying to replace that file using my up and running computer and i took out the hard drive to do it but booth hard drives, but the IDE RIBBIONS ARE DIFFRENT is there an adapter for this or am i going about this wrong or am i hooking it up wrong

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#3
April 5, 2012 at 13:45:56
"ok look this is getting frustrating"

It gets frustrating for us when the OP can't clearly explain the problem & doesn't supply additional info when asked for it. How about posting the make/model of your motherboards & make/model of your hard drives like I asked?

"IDE RIBBIONS ARE DIFFRENT"

IDE ribbon cables are IDE ribbon cables. If they're different, they probably aren't IDE. All IDE cables have 40-pin plugs but some have 40 wires & others have 80 wires. Could it be you have a SCSi drive? Or maybe a SATA drive?

Here's IDE vs SATA: http://www.computer-hardware-explai...

Here's SCSI vs IDE vs floppy: http://img.tomshardware.com/us/2002...


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#4
April 6, 2012 at 12:58:59
i took the hdd out of a dell altra bright A90F to reinstall a file on this drive i have no clue what kind it is,but when i unhooked it it had like three diffrent group of wires connected,and when i un hooked the other one it had one long pice contected to it so dose this mean i will not be able completeing this task or is there an adapter i can buy?

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#5
April 6, 2012 at 16:50:51
Are these laptops or desktop systems? The dell model number you have quoted seems to be wrong and may only be a monitor model, nothing to do with the system it is attached to. You clearly have no idea what you are doing and cannot even correctly identify the make/model numbers of the systems you are dealing with. This makes it highly unlikely we will be able to help you solve your problem. Put the working drive back in the working system and leave it alone. Take the non-working system to a tech and ask them to fix it.

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#6
April 6, 2012 at 21:01:49
it`s not that i dont know what i am doing i am going by what i am being told over the phone because i dont have transportation to go back and forth so what i tell you is what i am being told. Is there any way i can post a picture of what i am talking about

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#7
April 10, 2012 at 07:27:23
yes it is a sata drive which has a diffrent wireing connected to the back now is there a adapter i can buy so i can restore the sada drive

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