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uATA / uDMA HDD Problem

by R_Lodge / January 16, 2010 10:09 PM PST

Recently my HP Pavilion DV6000 Laptop had a hardware error and had to replace the laptop. As I had alot of valuable information on the HDD I wanted to remove the drive and use and enclosure to recover the data. I stupidly thought that the HDD was a Sata HDD but after further investigation, I have found out that it is a uATA or uDMA HDD (Seagate Hard Drive Momentus 5400.2 -

I am looking for some help on buying and enclosure or connecting wire so I can connect the HDD to my new laptop and recover the data. I have found 2.5'' Sata/IDE enclosures and cables for the job but nothing for uATA/uDMA and was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction or give me any further advice on the uATA/uDMA HDD's as this is the first time I have come across them.

Many thanks in advance.

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Find a computer shop, ...
by Kees Bakker / January 16, 2010 10:21 PM PST

take the disk with you and buy the enclosure or cable you need. It shouldn't be a problem to find somthing that supports IDE.


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IDE same as aUTA / uDMA
by R_Lodge / January 16, 2010 10:26 PM PST

Is uATA/uDMA classed as IDE though? If that is the case then I have found a 2.5'' enclosure that supports IDE connection but I thought uATA/uDMA was a different connection all together?

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Sorry no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 16, 2010 11:36 PM PST

I've used this cable ( ) and so far all drives work on it. I think you are correct to ask but one interface is like the next. In short, we have 2 major interfaces. IDE and SATA. I won't discuss SCSI. IDE has a few sizes, SATA was thankfully one size.

You'll do fine.

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by R_Lodge / January 17, 2010 1:28 AM PST
In reply to: Sorry no.

Thank you, I think my main problem was due to the pins on this uDMA being one thick pin in a row as apposed to the standard IDE pins. I will try and find an adapter in the UK. Thanks

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The THICK AS IN ONE ROW means to me that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2010 1:55 AM PST
In reply to: Adapter

You still have the laptop drive adapter still plugged in. Unplug that adapter.

Also, to make it clear share the make, model of said drive.

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Seagate Hard Drive Momentus 5400.2
by R_Lodge / January 17, 2010 3:22 AM PST

The HDD didn't have an adapter when plugged into the Laptop - It plugged directly in exactly like a Sata/IDE drive. The HDD in question is a Seagate Hard Drive Momentus 5400.2 which can be found here:

Thank you for anymore help you can offer

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2010 7:43 AM PST
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