07-19-2011 03:18 PM - edited 07-19-2011 03:20 PM
I can't see any of the pics,
but doesn't that extender / adapter thing pull off of the original disk?
I've never seen a disk that had the data and power ports extend past the body.
in the same way most old E-IDE laptops used an adapter on the 44 pins
07-19-2011 03:32 PM
FailedHDDs, no, the Seagate doesn't have an extender/adapter that pulls off the drive. And from what I am seeing on the WD drive, it doesn't come off of it either.
Let me try and attach the pictures here. This first one is of the two drives, side-by-side, the Seagate on the left, and the WD on the right.
07-19-2011 03:35 PM
Here's a close-up of the two drive's connectors:
Closeup on the Seagate's connectors:
And a close-up on the Western Digital's connectors:
07-19-2011 03:39 PM
Now when I screw the Seagate drive into the drive caddy and just before I screw down the laptop's case onto it, this is how the connectors mesh with the connectors in the case:
But when I take the WD drive and screw it into the same caddy, and then place it back into the laptop, here's how it looks just before I screw the case back. As you can see, there's a gap between the drive's connectors and the case's connectors:
07-19-2011 03:42 PM
But you know, FailedHDDs, you may have given me an idea -- I will open up my laptop again and see if perhaps the adaptor on top of the Seagate's drive's connectors does come off after all. If it does, maybe I can place it over the connectors of the WD drive and it will extend them so that they will mesh with the case's connectors. Then I won't need to go to eBay and buy a replacement caddy + connector combo.
Thanks for your help so far.
07-19-2011 03:57 PM
07-19-2011 04:06 PM
in the Pic in second post,
I can see the gap and the real SATA connectors underneath the adapter
pull on it and it will pop off
just make sure you pull straight or it will feel like it's not supposed to come off
07-19-2011 04:33 PM
Will I need pliers or something to help pull it off, or can I just use my hands?
If this works, and the adapter fits on top of my WD drive, and I can put it all back and the drive boots up, boy will I be one happy camper. I will have to try it!
07-19-2011 04:50 PM
Fingers should be fine,
just remember you are pulling against 2 locking mechanisms at the same time,
the Power connector and the Data connector have that little bump that you can feel when normal cables are connected
that's the lock.
if you look at the writing on the bottom of the adapter:
0819 7 AT368
grab the adapter with your thumb on the 7 and 2 or 3 fingers on the other site
and in with the other hand hold the disk by the sides and give it a pull