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Modding Help - PC HDD -> Laptop

Discussion in 'Modding' started by ZeffriN, 29 Sep 2002.

  1. ZeffriN

    ZeffriN What's a Dremel?

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    Hi all,

    I have a laptop which the HDD has just died. The laptop doesn't need to be extremely portable so I've decided to put a normal HDD on there.

    Does anyone know where i might find a wiring diagram or some information on doing this conversion?

    Thanks!
    ZeffriN
     
  2. sinizterguy

    sinizterguy Dark & Sinizter

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    A normal HD wouldnt fit into the hard drive enclosure of laptop ? So are you planning to have the hard drive outide the laptop ? like in another case or something ?
     
  3. ZeffriN

    ZeffriN What's a Dremel?

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    Yah, we'll just have it floating around sort of thing, hehehe.
     
  4. SiMonTiST

    SiMonTiST Minimodder

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    well, i suppose you could use one of these converter box thingies, only the other way around... (maybe) but the cable might be the wrong way round or something:wallbash:
     
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    :: kna :: POCOYO! Moderator

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    I've also thought of this as I have the same thing.. I'm pretty sure one of those converters should work both ways..
     
  6. ZapWizard

    ZapWizard Enter the Mod Matrix

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    Those converter don't work both way's exactly.

    I am building a car MP3 player out of a old laptop.
    The IDE pinout is the same, and I use the convertor,
    but the connecters are sometimes flipped.

    I had to make an IDE cable with every other pin flipped.
    (Every two wires, flipped)

    for example:
    NORMAL IDE:
    1---1
    2---2
    3---3
    4---4
    5---5
    6---6

    Laptop to IDE
    2---2
    1---1
    4---4
    3---3
    5---5
    6---6

    It's hard to discribe, and I will have a guide once the project is done.

    In the end just make sure that each pin is connected correctly
    (I fried a laptop doing it just by trying to experiment)

    This laptop (more expensive) I use a continuity meter and checked each and every pin.

    Here are some site that may help.
    http://www.cablingdirectory.com/pinouts/internal/internal.htm

    Or you can just buy the cable here:
    http://www.unitechelectronics.com/idecables.htm
    (These cable asume that your laptop has a female connetor, for my home made cable I had to make put two female connectors together using wires)
     
  7. Yammosk

    Yammosk What's a Dremel?

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    i could be wrong but dont notebook hdd's run on 5 volts and a normal pc one on 12 volts but i could be wrong like i said before ??


    Yammosk
     
  8. ZeffriN

    ZeffriN What's a Dremel?

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    Hey all!

    Thanks for all the feedback, I've been off the net for a few days so I've been somewhat unresponsive.

    I'll let you all know how I go once I get it done.
     
  9. ZeffriN

    ZeffriN What's a Dremel?

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    I think you're right, but we're just going to run the HDD in parrallel from the power supply.

    Im pretty sure a PC HDD pulls more current than a notebook hdd, so we don't want to **** up the notebook.

    Will keep you all posted...
    (let you know if I toast my friends notebook)
     
  10. Jordanis3r

    Jordanis3r Jigsaw Master

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    or drop meh a mail - i got a few spare laptop hdd's going cheap:D

    ajordan@ie.com
     
  11. ZapWizard

    ZapWizard Enter the Mod Matrix

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    Yes the PC harddrive runs off 12v and the laptop off of 5v.

    You will have to power it seperatly.
     

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