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

Stephen Kraus ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 27 23:04:30 MST 2012

Here you go!


On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 11:03 PM, Stephen Kraus <ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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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