What's the name of that black connector from MacBook 2.1?

edit: The black connector is used to connect optical drive. I've read on late Macs, it's a SATA interface, which someone replace the optical drive with a SATA HDD. So just want to know whether my interface is.

What's that black thing?

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    I wouldn't be surprised if it did not have a name, only a numerical description... but I have no idea. Nov 7 '09 at 7:35
  • Found in your laptop, to connect HD or CD? May be proprietary, and no popular name.
    – gbarry
    Nov 7 '09 at 7:36
  • Did you make this picture yourself, or did you find it in some ad at eCRATER?
    – Arjan
    Nov 7 '09 at 9:53
  • More information please: from what machine (brand, model?), from what part of the machine (near the cpu, near the disk?), is this a 1996 or a 2009 machine, what does the other side of the card look like? Nov 7 '09 at 10:14
  • And how big is it? And doe the small light-grey parts on the bottom left and right indicate something is broken, or is that just the light on some inclined part?
    – Arjan
    Nov 7 '09 at 13:14
  1. Your picture is not too good
    • You have not given any notes about where you got this from

I'd hazard a guess that its a SCSI connector.
There are 25 pins on each side (i think) and it looks like it might go well with
the Centronics SCSI 50pin connector from the link I give below.
don't have enough confidence on it yet... the plastics do not match too well.

This cheat-sheet reference should help you try matching better,
and also give you suggestions how to take connector pictures :-)
And, here is a link to the Apple Mac SCSI FAQ for further perusal.
Look for the Internal 50pin SCSI interface.

Update: First-hand-information from kinokijuf indicates it is a PATA connector.
You should re-check based on this detail.

  • +1 for counting the solder-thingies. 25 indeed :-)
    – Arjan
    Nov 7 '09 at 13:13
  • Not sure about your answer. But the reference you give is pretty good. Thanks.
    – Cheng
    Nov 8 '09 at 15:43
  • -1 It’s not SCSI, it’s PATA. Slimline drives used this wierd connecter (i have one of these lying around).
    – kinokijuf
    Feb 10 '12 at 17:33

Probably a internal SATA connector for the SuperDrive (DVD burner).


iFixit is my one-stop place for any teardowns/information on taking apart/repairing Apple products.

I hazarded a guess based on your model description (Macbook 2,1).


Now it seems a PATA connector to the optical drive. Because this whole thing might be a converter, so not sure what's the interface onboard yet.

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    – Arjan
    Nov 7 '09 at 18:38
  • I can confirm it’s PATA. I have one of those old drives running around.
    – kinokijuf
    Feb 10 '12 at 17:33

That looks like a internal sata connector, upside down.

But more information would be really helpful. What was this taken out of? What was it connected to?

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