Upgrading a 2.5-inch ATA-5 laptop drive?

By michaelper22
Apr 7, 2009
  1. My Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop, which was bought towards the beginning of this century, currently has a loud, slow, and very warm IBM TravelStar DJSA-210 hard disk. Needless to say, it's very old, and I would like to have a quieter, cooler, and faster laptop.


    I've been eyeing a purchase of Addonics' CF Hard Drive Adapter and a nice big CF card to replace the hard disk. However, I just noticed today that the card adapter has 44 pins, while the hard disk has 44 contacts on a PCB-type connector.

    Is there some type of adapter to brige these two connectors, or are there any other affordable ways to install flash-based storage (dedicated SSD or otherwise)? Or am I SOL and should get a new laptop?
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    That interface adapter on the old IBM drive should pull off, revealing a standard Parallel laptop hard drive pinout. Add this adapter to a new quieter hard drive
  3. michaelper22

    michaelper22 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Yep, looks just like you described. Thanks for the tip.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Great michaelper22! Happy Computing :wave:
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