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I need to transfer data from hard drive removed from Dell Insipiron Model PP12L. The connector on the hard drive is 44 pin strip-like. It has no pins. The connections are flat, arrow-like copper pieces molded into a plastic stip. I need an adapter from female 44 pin strip-like to a 44 pin IDE male connector. Where can I find it? What is a proper name for this adapter?

Thank you in advance, Adam W,

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All drives are made the same to avoid this sort of problem. All PATA drives have 40 or 44 male pins. I would suspect that if yours doesn't look like one of these or this then you're probably looking at a drive and an IDE connector which has been forcibly removed and broken. From your description, it may also be that you have a SATA drive and a PATA motherboard. If that is the case then you need an adapter if this is going to work. I have no experience using these though.

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First off are you sure it has 44 pins? "flat, arrow-like copper pieces molded into a plastic stip" sounds like a SATA connector but a SATA power+data connector only has 22 pins, 7 on the data part and 15 on the power part.

If it is a SATA connector then you can just hook it up to a desktop PC with a normal SATA controller and cabling.

If it is not a SATA connector then I would look carefully at the drive to see if it looks like there is a removable adapter attatched. It used to be quite common to see a stadnard laptop IDE drive with a laptop-specific adapter attatched.

Failing both of those you will need to post a picture before we can advise further.

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