Solved Connector on old Dell laptop 2.5 HD made by IBM

March 20, 2019 at 12:09:01
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I have a Dell Inspiron 3200 laptop made in 1997.
It has a 2.5" hard drive made by IBM.

Several years ago I bought a Bytecc BT-300 IDE/SATA
to USB adapter. It has three different sockets for plugging
in an IDE or SATA hard drive, either 2.5" or 3.5".

I finally got around to taking the hard drive out of the laptop
to transfer the files on it to my new computer, using the
Bytecc adapter. But I discovered that the connector on the
hard drive doesn't match the 2.5" connector on the adapter.
I don't know what kind of connector it is.

Suggestions?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
March 20, 2019 at 12:12:09
Is there an adapter attached to the drive that you can pull off?

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#2
March 20, 2019 at 12:48:34
Just 3 minutes 8 seconds for a reply!

Thanks, OtheHill, but your link just links back to this thread
instead of to the Google search, and the forum doesn't show
the entire link, so I don't know what qualifiers you used.

And the drive doesn't appear to have any adapter attached
to it. The connector is female, something like a Centronics
female socket, I think, but miniature. Looks like 40 contacts,
20 on each side of the 1-inch-long socket. The plastic housing
only sticks out 1/8" from the plastic hard drive mount. If I were
to remove the six screws that hold the hard drive in the mount,
I might find that the visible socket is actually plugged into a
socket in the hard drive itself. Do you think I should?

Now that I have the drive out again, I see on the label that it is
model DTCA-23240 E182115 S. It also says "MAY-98" so it
looks to be a year less old than I remembered.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
March 20, 2019 at 13:07:50
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Look again. There is very likely an edge adapter that has to be removed.
Something like this: https://c1.neweggimages.com/NeweggI...

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#4
March 20, 2019 at 13:39:51
Yes, you are right! I went ahead and removed the 6 screws,
and found that the visible connector is connected to another
connector by the shortest imaginable ribbon cable, about 1/8"
long, which makes a 180-degree bend between them. The
connector on the drive itself has a mess of tiny pins, which
fit the socket for 2.5" drives on the Bytecc adapter. Now to
connect it to the computer and burn it out<<<<<< back up
my precious data.

Thank you both! Very quick, and necessary!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
March 20, 2019 at 14:02:37
I think it’s about time OtH changed his tag here.. He’s misrepresenting, misrepresenting himself..

He’s clearly not OtH... far phrom it...

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#6
March 20, 2019 at 14:42:03
trvlr

I don't know about that. I did post a bad link but did have the right idea. The link string must be too long. To sense trying to fi x it now that the problem is fixed.

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#7
March 21, 2019 at 01:32:23
I agonized -- for a few seconds -- over whose post to credit as "best".

The data transfer appears to have worked without a significant hitch.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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