Please help - can anyone identify this IDE connector?

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Please help - can anyone identify this IDE connector?

Postby MartinHowe » Wed Sep 01, 2021 11:57 am

Hi, does anyone into vintage computing have any idea what this connector is? We (the charity I work for) were given an old laptop to refurbish and sell, but for data protection they removed the hard drive; that's not a problem, we can get IDE laptop hard drives easily enough; however, they removed the caddy and connector too :( The machine is a Clevo 8317 laptop branded Evesham Voyager, circa 2005, but the part is unavailable; a pity as the machine is otherwise OK.



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Re: Please help - can anyone identify this IDE connector?

Postby nova++ » Thu Sep 09, 2021 5:07 pm

Hmmmmm. I'm not sure what it's called, but I have a laptop optical drive with what looks like a compatible connector. It doesn't have any central pins in it but it has that same shape with a cutout in the middle that would fit that rectangular housing, and has contacts for the flat pins on the top and bottom. I wonder if it's some sort of hybrid connector that supports multiple connection standards.

...Or I'm wrong and it's something super proprietary...

https://i.imgur.com/WoAjOcn.jpg

I would get the laptop it came out of to compare the other side but it's suuuper buried right now
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Looking at different store listings it only seems like this connector is called "IDE"... but it's difficult because then you have a completely different slim connector that was used for hard drives, whereas I only seem to see this on optical drives. And yet, that bay is really obviously too big for an optical drive...

The only thing I could find with a picture of what looks like a compatible interface is this random polish listing for an adapter which calls it "mini IDE" http://www.allegro.pl/item900375265_ada ... to_pc.html
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Edit again - THIS looks just like yours https://www.pchub.com/samsung-laptop-p3 ... bse-p61431

It's kind of hard to tell the width from the photos, though. I think the one on the drive I have is definitely shorter than that.
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Re: Please help - can anyone identify this IDE connector?

Postby MartinHowe » Fri Sep 10, 2021 2:41 pm

Well this is some progress, as the mainboard side looks the same; unfortunately, the conector at the other end looks like a standard cdrom IDE connector, rather than an HDD one. But at least I know it still exists in some form.
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