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Many Laptop users face the problem of how to connect the 2.5 IDE hard drive to their PC. This blog describes the step-by-step process of how to connect the 2.5 IDE hard drive to a PC when you just installed a new IDE hard drive

For connecting a laptop hard drive to a desktop computer you need to use a Laptop IDE Hard Drive Adapter. You can find this adapter easily on the Internet. This adapter proves to be very handy for scanning a laptop hard drive for viruses and spyware using antivirus software installed on a desktop PC, transferring data from a laptop hard drive to a desktop computer, or creating a ghost image from one hard drive to another. Users use this adapter if a laptop hard drive is failed and we have to recover data from it.

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When you connect a laptop IDE adapter, a desktop IDE cable, a laptop hard drive with each other then make sure to connect pin 1 on the hard drive, pin 1 on the desktop IDE cable to pin 1 on the adapter. The side painted in red goes to pin 1 on the desktop IDE cable.

There are 2 groups of pins on a laptop hard drive. One group has 1 pin and the other group has 43 pins. To the side closer of a group of 4 pins, Pin 1 is located.

Connect the IDE cable to a desktop PC after you’ve assembled everything together. On the system, the board connects it to a free IDE connector. You should see the laptop drive in BIOS and in Windows when you start the computer by which you can treat this drive as a regular hard drive.

Most likely if you have a SATA hard drive that doesn’t have regular IDE pins. SATA drives have 2 flat connectors, one for data and one for power. If your SATA drives are supported by the desktop computer which has SATA connectors on the system board then you can directly connect to the system board using SATA cables. If your system board is unable to support SATA hard drives by default, you can have it by a SATA PCI controller card. You need to install this card in an empty PCI slot on the system board and connect the SATA drive directly to the controller card with SATA cables. After booting the PC you will see the laptop SATA hard drive as a regular drive on your PC.

For getting pin alignment and standard IDE cable to connect to a notebook IDE device a laptop notebook-to-desktop IDE converter adjusts the form factor. An IDE converter features a female pin side, a male pin side, and a Molex power connector. A notebook hard drive can be connected to a desktop computer with the help of an IDE converter, however, it can't be used to connect a notebook computer to a desktop hard drive. The cost of converters is a fraction of that of the hard drive costs.

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The IDE cable and the IDE laptop hard drive are installed between the notebook-to-desktop IDE converters. Set the jumper to either "slave" or "master" position on the adapter before installing the adapter to either jumper to "master". Which of the following device file represents the primary partition of the first ide hard drive since on the opposite position of the secondary device there are two devices sharing the cable. For finishing the installation connect the female side of the IDE converter to the hard drive's pin connection port, then mount the hard drive in a case bay by connecting the IDE cable to the motherboard, then connect the IDE cable to the male side of the IDE adapter, and finally connect a Molex power connector from the power supply to the male side of the adapter's power connector. There is no need for the converter for installing any additional drivers.

To prevent from vibrating when in use Hard drives should be securely mounted inside of a computer. An improperly mounted hard drive can break due to excessive vibration. In each corner of the device, a properly mounted hard drive is firmly secured with screws. The hard drive can be used to secure a 2.5-inch drive mount in a larger bay if the computer does not sport a proper-sized bay.

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If the desktop computer has an IDE port on the motherboard then only Notebook-to-desktop IDE adapters will work. However, in conjunction with notebook-to-desktop IDE adapters, an IDE-to-SATA adapter can be used to connect the drive to a SATA-only motherboard. The male side of the IDE adapter is connected to the IDE-to-SATA converter and the IDE-to-SATA converter of the motherboard connects to the SATA cable. To the IDE adapter, the power cable remains connected.

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We hope our laptop users will be able to connect the 2.5 IDE hard drive to PC with the steps mentioned in this blog. laptop to desktop hard drive converter