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Question Ide? Sata? Cables? What do I need


Jan 28, 2013
Have two spare drives I'm trying to access.

Is the one of the left Ide and the one on the right sata? What exactly do I search for hhd enclosure? hhd convertor?

The cable on the right is the with the hard drive on the left, it came from a Lacie rugged hard drive (horrible customer service). Is there any way to buy the same cable so I can put in the hard drive? Or is that cable unique to Lacie and if they don't sell it, there is no way I can use the use the hard drive with their case anymore?

Lacie has a 1 hour wait time, rude, demands a serial number when I told him it's old, told me it's too old and he doesn't have info, and transfers me to their sales department so I can buy something "new".

The cable is just standard SATA data and power (combined into one unit as opposed to the separate cables you see in a desktop but it's fully compatible) at least at the end that goes into the drive. If the you have a desktop as opposed to a laptop you could actually just take a $5 SATA cable and plug in the newer (SATA) drive there to a port on the board. Otherwise an enclosure or SATA to USB adapter works for any type of Windows machine.

The drive on the left is indeed IDE, or PATA as it may also be called. IDE just means Integrated Drive Electronics, or a drive that has its own controller board. Very old drives were controlled from the main board, requiring bios settings to be tuned just for the drive to show up and work. SATA is Serial ATA and Pata Parallel ATA, technically both are IDE implementations.

Either an enclosure or adapter will suffice here.


The second and third pic are of a PCB. I'm not sure why you are showing us that. We need to see the ends on the drives. If they were in enclosers that doesn't matter now.

From the first photo, the drive on the left has 44pins. That tells me it's a laptop drive. Something like this should read it.


It includes a power plug to provide the power needed to spin the drive, plus has 44pin IDE support.