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Drive has too any pins

When I line up the connector in the drive carrier, there are 6 extra pins on one side of the drive.

WESTERN DIGITAL WD1600VERTL install into Dell inspiron 8200 secondary drive bay carrier

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  • pie_guy2 Mar 16, 2009

    I tried connecting the drive both ways. I had it "face up" then flipped it "bottom up" in attempts to get it to work. Eithher way, the computer does not recognize the drive.

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That is perfectly normal. Just make sure that the connector is lined up properly and everything should work just fine. On the drive itself, there is a 'missing pin'. Make sure that the missing pin lines up with the right spot on the connector.

Hope this helps. Please take a moment to rate this solution. Thanks.

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