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Wasn't sure how to word this one. I have an Alienware laptop and the hard drive is rubbish for games, 320gb is nothing seeing as most games now are from anywhere between 8-15gb. Anyway, I found a really good deal on a laptop hard drive, however it has the 'traditional' sata connectors just like a 3.5 inch and with SATA cables but my laptop just seems to have a row of metal prongs that interlace with another set of metal prongs.

Question is what are they called if anything? Im obviously going to need to hunt down a good sized one featuring this so its compatible with my laptop.

Any help will be appreciated, i've not actually come across this before :S
    
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Check your current hard drive's connector, chances are, it's just an adapter and can be swapped to another.
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If you post a picture of it I can confirm it but I'm fairly certain you are talking about an IDE hard drive. That is the older standard before SATA and is pretty well phased out now. Like I said, post a picture and I'll be able to tell you what it is.
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Originally Posted by ibfreeekout View Post
If you post a picture of it I can confirm it but I'm fairly certain you are talking about an IDE hard drive. That is the older standard before SATA and is pretty well phased out now. Like I said, post a picture and I'll be able to tell you what it is.
Hahaha, I actually almost forgot about IDE.

This could also be right!
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Nope it's not IDE, im 100% positive its a new model Alienware. I not sure whether its a custom thing or not but ive just been in the back of it and theres no adapter, its the actual hard drive made like that
    
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Pictures... if you can. it would be a real help

My lappy has an adapter that can be removed from the hard drive.
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Quote:
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Nope it's not IDE, im 100% positive its a new model Alienware. I not sure whether its a custom thing or not but ive just been in the back of it and theres no adapter, its the actual hard drive made like that
I highly doubt (I'm not saying you're wrong) that they have custom made hard drives. Please post a pictures as I'd like to see it.
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yeah im just uploading them now, clearly says Sata in clear black and white letters on the hard drive too
    
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I took the photos with my Dell Streak so they are a bit poor, that phone has awful flash!


    
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post #10 of 16
It's an adapter. Gently pull it off and it'll be a sata connector underneath.
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