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Please help with problem connecting a laptop hard drive

by rwood54741 / December 27, 2009 7:14 AM PST

I bought a Gateway 7426GX at a yard sale for ten bucks. The moron owner took the hard drive out and threw it away because he was worried his data could be compromised.
So I went on the net to look for a replacement. I find hard drives on eBay but they have a different connector on them than the jack in my laptop. I have the caddy which is just a frame to screw the hard drive to with a compartment door on one end.
I took a photo of the jack in my laptop (top photo) and the connector pictured on the new hard drives available on ebay...

How am I supposed to connect these replacement hard drives when they have different connectors than the jack in my hard drive?
Any help would surely be appreciated.

Also, I don't need the 160gb drive on eBay although the $60 price is fair. Does anyone know where I can get a small drive for this computer for less money?

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Caddy shack.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 27, 2009 7:28 AM PST
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by rwood54741 / December 27, 2009 8:14 AM PST
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Hi, Bob.

That's the strange thing about it. I have that part but as you can see on close examination of the photo there is no adaptor to change the connector on my computer to match the connector on the replacement hard drives. It appears to me all that caddy does is mount the drive to it so that it will be secured when the caddy compartment door is screwed down. I just don't understand how all these replacement drives are being sold for this make and model when they do not connect up to it. There has to be something to adapt the hard drive connector to the jack on the computer and the caddy doesn't have anything attached to it to do that.

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There is the caddy and there is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 27, 2009 8:22 AM PST
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If you look closely there appears to be an adapter that plugged onto the 44 pins of the drive to present another connection to the laptop.

I've seen these and have always found them hard to find.

Sorry but I can't find a clear picture of that missing part today.

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