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WHICH HARD DRIVE INTERFACE IS INSTALLED IN THE 2170US?

Looked up my old hard drive a Toshiba mk4021gas thought it was a ide 2.5 ata-6 ,so I ordered a Seagate ide 2.5 ata-6 drive only to get it and find out they do not hook up the same and it won't work. Was told that if my old drive was a Sata interface it would say so on it. It doesn't. The new drive has two rows of pins, the old one has two exposed pins and a t shaped plastic hook up, the pins are inside the computer, so please what type interface do I really need? Really confused.

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Probably just need to pull the Interface block off the old hard drive and install it to the new.. Look close...IDE is IDE but they dont come with the connectors preinstalled.. Good luck!...

Posted on Feb 15, 2008

  • Ken LaDere Feb 15, 2008

    (Or the connector stayed in the Laptop when you pulled the old drive).. ;)

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I have an iomega 31868500 external hard drive I haven't used in years. I now want to use it to store files from my wife's Toshiba laptop running Windows 7.


Hi Jack

It would be pointless having a hard drive fixed to Read Only.
I don't think there is a switch setting to set as Read Only.
The original Iomega (early days) removable cartridge drives had a plastic tab on the cartridge to allow it to be write protected (RO).
So perhaps the Iomega Enclosure (Interface electronics inside) is getting out of date.
The oldest part of your drive will be the Enclosure & USB port.

I would suggest you open the enclosure and take out the actual hard drive. Should still be good to use.

Drives are either 2.5" or 3.5" Size Standard.
Eg Pocket drives are 2.5" size, Slower operation as they use 5 volt only. One bump during use can kill them!

3.5" use 5v & 12v & spin much faster (3500 to 7200rpm) for high speed transfer. Eg Movie Streaming / Fast Backups and are more robust.

The internal connector will either be the older IDE / ATA type connector Or
The new universal SATA connector (serial ATA much smaller)

You will need to determine this.....

The Fix:
The most convenient enclosure these days would be a DOCK type that allows you to plug in both 2.5 & 3.5 SATA drives. AND use USB 3 as a faster Future Proof Hard Drive
Then you can plug one in for Movies and another for Music and a third for Backups. Each drive purchased separately.
Eg 3x 1TB should be cheaper than 3 separate enclosed drives.

I'm sure there is a dual DOCK also for the older ATA connector.
But all future Drives will be SATA.

Once you determine what connector your drive uses then you can plug it in to the more modern housing and format the drive for Windows NTFS or FAT32 (Windows & Mac & TV's)

Cheers
Good Luck


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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA

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Vantec CB ISATAU2 SATA IDE to USB 2 0 Adapter Supports 2 5 Inch 3 5 Inch 5...

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Search Results for Western Digital hard drives at MacSales com

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The original hard drives for the satellite a45-s151 is a 2.5 or 3.5


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Your mainboard support both "IDE & SATA" interface, so you can use IDE or SATA Hard Drives.

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