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

stimits at comcast.net stimits at comcast.net
Mon Feb 27 23:22:03 MST 2012

Outstanding! Now I just need to find one fast, locally. Ahh, bring on the pixie dust!
(Anyone still remember that old IBM commercial?)

----- Original Message -----
From: Stephen Kraus <ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com>
To: Boulder (Colorado) Linux Users Group -- General Mailing List <lug at lug.boulder.co.us>
Sent: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 06:04:30 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: Re: [lug] OT: 2.5" PATA Hard Drives/cables versus 3.5"

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:

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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