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

Stephen Kraus ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 27 23:03:45 MST 2012

There are adapters you can buy on ebay cheap.

But yes you guessed right, the 4 extra pins are power, you have to have a
way to send power through those pins for the 2.5" drive

On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM, <stimits at comcast.net> wrote:

> Hi,
> 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.
> Thanks!
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