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Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2001 - 1:27 pm:   

I need to somehow use a laptop hard drive on my desktop. The laptop has died and I need to get the data off the is a removeable type. Is there a special adapter cable available.
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Posted on Sunday, October 7, 2001 - 4:58 pm:   

The pinouts for the laptop HDD and the desktop HDD are identical, although the laptop's drives have tighter pin spacing, and also four extra pins separated from the 40 pins of the IDE connector. See

I don't know of the existence of any adapter cable, but it should be a fairly simple matter to make one. Pull the IDE connector out of your dead laptop, and see if you can separate and connect the wires of a standard IDE cable to it, being sure to match up pin 1 with pin 1, etc.
Lee Hosbrough
Posted on Monday, October 22, 2001 - 12:00 pm:   

When you say the laptop died, I hope you mean operating system and not physical crash (hard drive). pcAnywhere 32 comes with a "crossover" serial cable (so I know they're available somewhere) that you can use in conjunction with Norton Ghost. You can make a ghost image of your hd or recreate it on a partition of your desktop.

Or if you really want to go this route, get the Ghost Explorer, burn your image (will be 100-700G) and then explorer will act just like windows explorer and you can pull your data out.
clive garrett
Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 - 5:41 am:   

Purchase a 3.5" to 2.5" adaptor.
I know you can get them from DABs Direct

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