the pins on my hard drive don't match the enc

Toshiba Toshiba mk8025gas (hdd2188) 80gb...
August 9, 2010 at 16:13:47
Specs: Windows XP
I have a 2.5" HDD that I'm trying to install in an external enclosure. I have already done it once but I fail to remember what I did. I do recall having problems the first time, which was at least a couple of years ago.

The problem is that the pins on the HDD don't match up with the socket in the enclosure.

Where my memory is failing me is trying to remember what steps I took to remove the pin connector from the drive.

I vaguely remember that the pins came off some how and then I was able to plug it right in.

Am I missing something or am I simply miss-remembering a past success?

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August 9, 2010 at 16:25:20
2.5" drives are generally designed to fit into laptops. They usually come with various adaptors so that they can fit many different types of laptops. You probably need to remove this adaptor and just slot in the drive without any kind of adaptor fitted

There should a couple of screws somewhere to allow you to remove the adaptor.


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August 9, 2010 at 17:33:03
Thanks Stuart.

There are still some screws that can be removed but they are smaller than the screws that hold the hard drive in place. I don't recall removing them the last time (which means nothing) and I don't have a driver that small (so I'm not sure how I would have done it the first time).

I'll see if I can scrounge up a decent set of eyeglass tools to see if that might be of some use.

The HD enclosure came with a small screw driver but it's too large for these screws.

Other thoughts?

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August 9, 2010 at 18:17:24
Just picked up a smaller screw driver and took out all the remaining screws, however, this didn't take care of the problem. The pins are connected to the board on the bottom of the drive and removing all the screws let's you remove the entire board...with pins attached.

Now what?

I KNOW I was able to get this to work last time. I've considered that I may have used some kind of adapter but I think it will make the drive too long for the enclosure.

What am I missing here?

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August 9, 2010 at 23:01:51
There is usually an adaptor covering the pins, did you take that off ?

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August 10, 2010 at 06:51:18
No adapter covering the pins, unless it's built into the laptop I removed the drive from. If that's an adapter, I don't have any idea how to remove it.

I'm stumped.

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August 10, 2010 at 08:22:12
Your hard drive model is IDE (EIDE).
All laptop IDE drives have the same socket built into the drive with a 44 "pin" header - it has 43 pins (not pin holes) on it.
If you can't see 43 pins on the drive's socket, you must remove some adapter that is on the pins that was used when it was in the laptop.

We can't tell you which adapter you may have on those pins until you tell us which laptop make and model you had the hard drive installed in.

The instructions about how to remove the hard drive and install a different one are probably in your User's or Owner's manual for the laptop model, and if so, that would tell you if you need to remove an adapter from the pins on the hard drive and how to do that.

The external drive enclosure must have a female connector for a laptop IDE drive. It's a 40 "pin" female connector (holes; it may have one blocked pin hole).
4 of the pins on the hard drive are not plugged into the female connector on the external enclosure. Those 4 pins are for installing a jumper on. You install a jumper on one pair to set the drive to slave, on the other pair to set the drive to cable select.
The drive is set to master when there is no jumper on either pair of pins.
When you install a laptop drive in an external enclosure, you don't need a jumper to be on a pair of those pins.

The 40 "pin" female connector on the external enclosure may have one blocked pin hole. If so, it can only be installed on the pins on the hard drive one way in one position - when the blocked pin hole lines up with the missing pin on the drive.

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