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Old 05-04-2018, 08:52 AM   #1
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I removed a hard drive from a dead ancient Apple iBook computer in order to retrieve data from the drive. I naively thought that I could read the data from my external hard drive dock, but it does not accept IDE drives. I've searched for an adaptor to allow me to connect the drive to a USB port on one of my computers. There are many such adaptors out there but as of yet I have been unable to find one that accepts the 47 pin architecture of my drive. The drive has 43 pins in a double row with a space and then 4 more pins grouped together. Is this a lost cause or does anyone have an idea how I might access this data?
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can you post a picture of it? do you have the model of the apple ibook?
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This adapter works with both 2.5" and 3.5" IDE HDD's as well as SATA drives of either size.
https://www.amazon.com/Drive-Adapter...6499231&sr=8-2
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This docking station for both is a bit easier to use:
https://www.amazon.com/Hard-Drive-En...%5Cc5871549011
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Thanks for all the responses. I purchased this SATGA/IDE to USB 2.0 adaptor.

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Even though the pertinent adaptor in this kit has 43 pins, all I had to do was line up the pins on the IDE drive and leave the 4 pins on the end of the drive unconnected. When I connected it to my MacBook Pro it immediately recognized the drive and I was able to transfer the files.
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Great why not mark this solved in the first post under "Thread Tools" in the first post.
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The 4 pins at the end of the IDE drive are for power.
A 2.5" Laptop drive does not need to have external power to power the drive it is powered by the USB port.
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