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June 13, 2012 6:09:00 PM

My laptop failed me the past week, but luckily I have a desktop. I was wondering what kind of cables I would need for this laptop hard drive? The ports seem to be different than I have ever seen.
http://www.impactcomputers.com/wd1600bevs-60rst0.html

These are the pictures to show what the ports are.
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a b D Laptop
a c 353 G Storage
June 13, 2012 6:17:47 PM

The HDD uses the same cables that a Normal 3 1/2 inch Sata HDD uses.
Requires a sata data cable and a sata Power cable.
You picture does not show up. But the Other cables are a wide ribbon cable and are for IDE (PATA) HDDs.

You need to look inside your computer and see what you have, if you have sata ports, then just buy a sata Cable.
For power if your PSU has a Sata Power connector use it, if not will need a molex -> sata pwer adaptor.

If NO sata Ports in computer, Then would either need to buy a pci card to put in the computer, or an external usb enclosure and plug the drive into computer USB port.

Sata Data cable: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Molex to Sata power: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 13, 2012 6:39:31 PM

RetiredChief said:
The HDD uses the same cables that a Normal 3 1/2 inch Sata HDD uses.
Requires a sata data cable and a sata Power cable.
You picture does not show up. But the Other cables are a wide ribbon cable and are for IDE (PATA) HDDs.

You need to look inside your computer and see what you have, if you have sata ports, then just buy a sata Cable.
For power if your PSU has a Sata Power connector use it, if not will need a molex -> sata pwer adaptor.

If NO sata Ports in computer, Then would either need to buy a pci card to put in the computer, or an external usb enclosure and plug the drive into computer USB port.

Sata Data cable: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Molex to Sata power: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Just click on the box that says spoiler for the pictures.

It also looks like the connection is some strang proprietary conntection. Is SATA form factor but the pins seem to be covered and oriented differently. It may just looks strange though, and still work perfectly with SATA cables, as I don't see any value or logic behind proprietary hardware connections.

EDIT: I think there might be some sort of adapter on the end. See if you can pull the black piece of plastic off the end (GENTLY!!!) to make it look more like the one in your link.
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a b D Laptop
a c 353 G Storage
June 13, 2012 8:20:25 PM

The link (For drive) shows a standard sata HDD.
The Pictures do indicate that a Adaptor has been mated to the drive and as Boomer83 indicated it should be removable.
Almost looks like a IDE->Sata adaptor.
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June 14, 2012 2:17:03 AM

Boomer83 said:
Just click on the box that says spoiler for the pictures.

It also looks like the connection is some strang proprietary conntection. Is SATA form factor but the pins seem to be covered and oriented differently. It may just looks strange though, and still work perfectly with SATA cables, as I don't see any value or logic behind proprietary hardware connections.

EDIT: I think there might be some sort of adapter on the end. See if you can pull the black piece of plastic off the end (GENTLY!!!) to make it look more like the one in your link.


*Facepalm* Yes, the piece on the end is an adapter, and it turns out to be an actual SATA connector. Thanks guys.
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June 14, 2012 2:28:48 AM

Haha don't feel too bad. I've actually never even seen an adapter like that. But glad we could help.
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June 14, 2012 2:38:33 AM

Best answer selected by GenBell94.
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