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Want to remove wd2500 drive from HDD enclosure and

I dropped my external Hard disk Drive and now want to remove the wd2500 drive from HDD enclosure and install it inside my PC. The drive works but the external plug on the enclosure housing is damaged. I have removed the drive and want to simply install the drive in my pc. How do I do this?Are there cables I need?

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  • lanedt Dec 08, 2009

    I believe it is ATA?? There is one long socket on the drive with 39 pins in 2 rows, another socket with 10 pins in 2 rows and a power socket with 4 pins.

    Thanks for any help you can give.

    Lane

  • Chris Hingee
    Chris Hingee May 11, 2010

    What type of data connection has the hard drive got? Is it ATA/IDE or SATA?

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OK your hard drive is an ATA drive.
You motherboard will have two hard disk controllers, on the 1st controller the ATA cable will have two connectors - a connector will have the C drive hard disk attached to it and the jumper on the hard drive will be set as the Master drive. You may also have a CD or DVD drive connected to this cable, if so then the CD or DVD drive will be jumpered as a Slave drive.
If the second connector does not have a drive connected, then you can connect the second hard drive to this connector BUT it needs to be jumpered as a Slave drive.
You may elect to connect the second hard drive to the second IDE controller instead on the first controller. If there aren't any drives on the second ATA cable then the second hard drive can be jumpered as either a Master or Slave drive.
If there is a drive on the second ATA cable you need to determine the jumper setting of that drive and then set the jumper on the second hard drive to a different setting. BOTH drives on the same cable CANNOT have the same drive setting.
After installing the second hard drive, check the BIOS configuration of the second hard drive, if the hard drive is detected then when Windows boots up you will see the hard drive and its contents.

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Take a look at the connectors at one end of the drive. Compare to the picture at:

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/MaxtorULTRA16300GB7200SATA-Liquid3D-7741.jpg

for two similar "SATA" drives.

The drive on the left of the picture has two groupings of pins.
The smaller group receives electrical power from your computer,
and the larger group sends/receives "data" signals from your computer.

The drive on the right has an additional "Molex" 4-pin connector on its left side -- just a different way of receiving electrical power.

It's possible that your drive may have a 40-pin (2-by-20) "data" interface.

So, either way, you need to get power from your power-supply to the disk-drive, and you need either a "SATA" data-cable or an 40-pin (or preferably 80-pin) "IDE" data-cable between your motherboard and your disk-drive.

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