[lug] OT: 2.5" PATA Hard Drives/cables versus 3.5"

stimits at comcast.net stimits at comcast.net
Mon Feb 27 22:56:06 MST 2012


I'm still trying to solve font problems, and realized I have a hard drive from
an old printer which died, but I kept the drive...complete with fonts. I originally
purchased that printer for close to $3k, it was a non-emulation PS level 3
printer. I look back now, and realize that one of the big reasons why it always
seemed I had the font is because I had that printer (set up to use IPP as well).
So, with nothing but the hard drive left, I'm trying to plug it in to my parallel IDE
cable. It seems that the pins are not quite aligned to the 0.1" spaced standard
pins of the 3.5" PATA, and despite being very close, must be very slightly
smaller spacing. I don't have a second PATA 2.5" drive to compare to, and
although I do not believe this drive is custom (looks just like my SATA 2.5"
drive from Samsung, other than being PATA instead of SATA).

Can anyone tell me if the standard 3.5" drive cables should fit the 2.5" drives?
There are 4 extra pins which are apparently power/ground related, but it is the
spacing that seems off. I don't want to order an external adapter if the drive is
some sort of proprietary freak. Perhaps all I need is a 3.5" to 2.5" IDE adapter.

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