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Make a adapter to connect a laptop EIDE HDD to a Desktop PC

Last response: in Storage
June 3, 2010 6:33:59 PM

Does anyone know how I could make an adapter so I could connect my laptop's HDD directly to my desktop PC using the EIDE ribbon cables.

I have two junk laptops I could use for parts. I am comfortable soldering
wires to small terminals.

I can't afford to purchase an adapter.


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a b G Storage
June 3, 2010 10:00:48 PM

Those adapters are $10 or less. Just FYI.
If you google IDE pinouts you will find all the pin designations and for both 40 and 44 pin IDE connectors, from this and viewing adapters that are for sale you could reverse engineer one for yourself.

here's an example
June 4, 2010 4:39:03 AM

Where could I one at that price? I live in the Pasadena, CA area so I have access to most major retailers. I would much rather pay $10 than solder a bunch of tiny connections.
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June 24, 2010 12:46:09 AM

Best answer selected by stevemarks19.