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#1 forum222

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 16:33

hello;
i want to install a samsung hm120ji hard drive (laptop 2.5" 120 gb) into an
enclosure; however, the drive does not have pins. it has 22 blades(?) that
are grouped by 7 and 15. what is this connection type? can it be adapted
to a 3.5" ide to usb enclosure?

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#2 morphen

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 16:41

hello;
i want to install a samsung hm120ji hard drive (laptop 2.5" 120 gb) into an
enclosure; however, the drive does not have pins. it has 22 blades(?) that
are grouped by 7 and 15. what is this connection type? can it be adapted
to a 3.5" ide to usb enclosure?

regards,
forum222



http://www.samsung.c...odel_cd=HM120JI

Quick google search gives you this.


Sata interface.

#3 OP forum222

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 22:40

http://www.samsung.c...odel_cd=HM120JI

Quick google search gives you this.


Sata interface.


Thank you, morphen, for the tip. i found that page before i entered this
forum. unfortunately, the sata adapter (coolgear usb 2.0 multi-function)
that i just purchased for the task does not fit: it takes pins and the hd
has blades (or whatever the techs call them). further help would be
welcomed. Please note that i am quite unfamiliar with hdd and
hardware connectivity.

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#4 Mindovermaster

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 22:44

you need a 2.5 enclosure, or get a 2.5 to 3.5 converter.

#5 shihchiun

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 22:48

Well, first off, you'd have to get some sort of adapter to even get the 2.5" drive to fit securely in the 3.5" enclosure. Then you'd need some kind of SATA > IDE adapter, which takes space, as there's actually a circuit board involved. I would say just get a 2.5" enclosure that supports SATA.

As for the Coolgear thing... do you have a link to a product page? If it really takes pins it's probably an IDE adapter and not a SATA adapter.

#6 OP forum222

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 20:56

shihchiun, i decided to NOT use the rocketfish enclosure because of
space and compatability concerns. i did find an ide-sata adapter bridge
board at cooldrives.com which would work for plug-in sata drives which
my laptop does NOT have. instead, i will use an adapter cable. your
last statement implies that sata connections do not use pins: can you
identify an adapter cable that will work with this hd? all sata adapters
that i have found use pins.

the link for the adapter is
http://cooldrives.st...ndidehadr1.html

after verbally wrangling for twenty minutes with tech support at hp,
who initially insisted that the hd has pins, she finally confirmed that
the laptop sata drives sometimes have a "drop-in" feature. afterwards,
she directed me to two different brands of adapters for PIN-STYLE sata.
that chat resultd only in confirmation of what i already knew: the drive
has blades and not pins.

i have calls into a half-dozen places including samsung trying to resolve this issue.
i am still searching for an adapter for this hd...

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#7 shihchiun

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 21:45

Ok - this is what a SATA connector is supposed to look like (yes, it's not a notebook drive, but it's the same):

Posted Image

(It's the series of 7 gold stripes on the left; the right is for the power connector)

So, to solve your problem, just buy a 2.5" SATA enclosure, like any of these.

You don't need an adapter, but basically there are two ends. One takes the SATA input, and the other end is the IDE output, which are the pins you see. On the link you posted for the adapter, the SATA (and SATA power) connector is on the right of the box.

#8 OP forum222

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 03:34

thank you for responding, the link, and attaching that photograph. i followed
the newegg link and saw several enclosures that i almost purchased when
i visted the store two weeks ago. i chose the adapter cable because of its
versatility.

"On the link you posted for the adapter, the SATA (and SATA power) connector
is on the right of the box."

... so that adapter should, without problems, work with a sata drive?


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