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What kind of HDD cable is this?

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August 18, 2009 6:36:15 AM

The drive is a 1.8" Toshiba MK8007GAH and laptop is Sony VGN-TX850P.
I am trying to replace the drive with a SSD drive, but I don't know which one I need to buy.

I would like to buy a MTRON MOBI 3000 SSD but i don't think it will work with ZIF connector.
I read somewhere that ZIF is 40 pins and what i have is 44 pins.

Please help.

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a b G Storage
August 18, 2009 8:21:11 AM

44 pins is a standard ATA, or IDE 2-1/2" drive interface commonly used on notebooks.
a b G Storage
August 18, 2009 10:44:07 AM

That is not the standard 44pin connector found on 2.5" PATA drives.
The MTRON MOBI 3000 SSD is 2.5" which obviously will not fit. You'll have to find a 1.8" PATA SSD with a 50pin ZIF connector (I think that's what it's called). The interface you have got is standarised for 1.8" PATA drives so it should work with off-shelve 1.8" PATA SSDs.

FYI there are also a few other non-standard PATA interfaces for 1.8" drives.
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August 18, 2009 12:00:03 PM

The adaptor IS a 50 pin ZIF. count them.... The type is:MCD-D50 Series by DDK Connectors The drive Is 1.8" Specs on the unit can be found here:

I also believe that the 50 pin set up is IDE (proprietary type) as I have found adaptors for a 50 pin to 44 pin for cf type memory cards.

ZIF is just an acronym for Zero Insertion Force.
a b G Storage
August 19, 2009 7:24:49 AM

I was reading this article just then and saw a link to 1.8" SSD. In the article Samsung Q1 uses 1.8" ZIF which isn't the same as yours in picture. The I saw 1.8" Micro-ATA, looked it up and found this which matches yours exactly.

So a correction to my previous post. You need to find a 1.8" SSD that uses Micro-ATA, such as those.
a b G Storage
August 19, 2009 2:10:32 PM

I must need new glasses, I swear I counted 44 pins on the thing.
To the OP, sorry about that, my bad for giving you incorrect information.