IDE to SATA conversion/adapter/ connector/ ??

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Thanks guys for any help.

This is in reference to a Dell Vostro 1510 laptop.

So I installed a SSD (128GB) as the primary drive and it now has the operating system and drivers on it and I want to put the HDD that originally came with the laptop in the compartment where the optical drive (dvd/cd player) is usually housed. I can purchase a 2nd storage bay device that will hold the HDD and then slide into place and make the necessary connections but was hoping that there was a simple adapter that I could just snap onto this ribbon cable and then connect to the sata connector on the HDD so.......besides buying a 2nd storage bay device is there anything else that I can do to make it work? I posted some pictures of the dvd/cd player, the ribbon connector and the sata HDD.

The link below shows how the connector looks. I hope to convert this to fit a 2.5" sata HDD.

https://www.ebay.com/p/N629d-Lf-4125p-Genuine-Dell-DVD-Connector-Cable-Vostro-1510-Pp36x/1569546991?iid=272528436939&chn=ps

Thanks for helping me go further than the standard.
 

asoroka

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Not sure if it is possible.

I am assuming you have an IDE cable which connects to a PATA port. Parallel ATA vs Serial ATA (SATA). You need to have some form of active conversion between the two. A simple cable patch will not suffice.

Such devices exist, but would be too large to fit in your laptop shell.

Do a search on PATA to SATA converter.


Does you laptop have two hard disk bays?
 

TJ Hooker

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The connector in that link doesn't even really look like an IDE connector to me. Maybe Dell used some sort of proprietary connector for the optical drive?
 

asoroka

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It is probably mini IDE.

But without seeing it its hard to say.

The would use some form of standard connector as they don't make hdd and cd-rom drives
 
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Yes that is correct..I do have an IDE cable that connects to a PATA port. The cable is very small such as a ribbon cable with the connector on the end that connects to the dvd/cd player's PATA port and then to the motherboard....what I wanted to do is to install a harddrive in the dvd/cd player compartment and I have to use the ribbon cable because the flat end of that ribbon cable slides into a hinge type terminal on the motherboard. So in order for me to move the SATA harddrive to the dvd/cd compartment I would need to convert the ribbon cable end to sata so that it would connect to the SATA HDD and I am now thinking that you are correct that it will not work because of limited space. I have done several searches for adapters/converters and can find some things that would work if there was more space but as you mentioned, they are too bulky to fit into the compartment and no, I only have one HDD compartment so.....this idea may just not make it off the ground lol. Thank you very much for your input, I really do appreciate it very much.
Have a great week.
 
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