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August 17th, 2011, 03:17 PM
I don't know where this would go but I am stuck and need some basic computer help.
I was using an old laptop with a toshiba hdd2d38 small laptop hdd.
the laptop died i think motherboard... I got a new pc installed lucid lts. runs great. now i need the files off this hdd. I can't seem to find out what type of interface it has I got a sata, iede to usb and was able to get the data of other HDDs but this tiny one has a 7 pins but small than my fullsize sata drives. I am trying to figure out what type of adapter to get. so I can usb it to my new pc. I was wondering if anybody can help me with this. is it a slim form or micro form or just serial ATA 7 pin....and is that the same as a slim or micro.
maybe there is a simple source I can find to learn about the different interfaces. so far I have not found one.

Please forgive me if this is not so ubuntu-ish!!!

August 17th, 2011, 03:24 PM
googling around tends to suggest its sata :-?

August 17th, 2011, 03:43 PM
If it is sata, it will have 4 small pins at one end, then a small spade type connector with 7 connector strips on it, then another spade type connector with 15 connector strips on it.

Does this help any?

August 17th, 2011, 04:37 PM
There are only three hard drive connection types:


It won't be PATA if it was new within the past 6 years or so, and it won't be SCSI since it was a laptop and not a server, so I'm sure it is a SATA connection. So something like this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002)would work as an adapter (I actually have this one, you'll need a SATA cable to connect it and a 4pin molex to SATA power adapter to power the drive separately)

August 17th, 2011, 08:40 PM
I bought the one mentioned above with the adapter for two types of connectors and the red wire for the sata. but they don't fit on this hard drive the connections are much smaller on the toshiba hdd2d38.

I am wondering if it is a slim form factor or micro form factor.

August 17th, 2011, 10:13 PM
I've never had a Toshiba laptop. Maybe it's a proprietary connector?

August 17th, 2011, 10:17 PM
Maybe check out this one. The power and data cables are separated on it.


August 17th, 2011, 11:03 PM
hi folks I am still trying to figure this out it is an old hdd from a compaq laptop maybe 5 years old.
here are some pictures I did buy the sata/ide to usb kit but nothing fits it. 200236




August 17th, 2011, 11:05 PM


August 17th, 2011, 11:12 PM
the number of pins mathches a sata connection ide(pata) are 40 pin i believe but that doesn't look like a standard sata connection

is there maybe another piece that broke of maybe in the laptop

or there is an extra piece still on the hdd that maybe can pull of to reveal a standard sata connector

August 18th, 2011, 01:36 AM
OMG you are a genius!!!! there was a piece attached to it with a tiny screw. awesome now I have access to the hdd.

August 18th, 2011, 02:26 AM
Clever detective work folks! It's possible to see the piece that is still stuck on the drive from the images posted. Just for clarity, in case of future need, the correct designation of that hard drive is not HDD2D38, but:


It's quite a standard drive for laptops.