/ lap top hard drive mount question ?
what model compaq is it?
But really, until you take out the drive and examine it you'll not know for sure what sort of connectors they've used.
hang on 2 mins, i'll just check
Mike according to my info the V2000 is an IDE hard drive <PATA> and it had an adaptor strip plugged into the connecting pins to allow the HDD to connect to the laptop. this adaptor should just pull off, you dont need it for a hard drive caddy. You'll need an IDE to USB caddy then, take a look at item number 280423530758 on ebay, £2.75 delivered. I have the same one from the same seller, it works just fine.
You won't, it'll just pop up like an external drive :)
For general reference as you seem to have worked it out OK, the difference between P-ATA and S-ATA is fairly visibly obvious - P-ATA is a wide ribbon cable connector, S-ATA much smaller.
Yes, the metal case its in is its caddy and unique to the laptop itself, not the hard drive. Its just a way of mounting the drive <which all have the same shape> inside the laptop <which every one is different> dunno about 8 screws though, they normally have 4 cross headed screws holding them in the caddy, 2 each side on the long sides of the drive. Don't be taking the actual hard drive apart by mistake! As said above, one its fitted to your UBS adaptor, plug it into a computer and it should auto reconise it as an external drive and assaign it a drive letter. Using windows explorer you can then access the files on it, you'll see the windows, program files and users folders on it and clicking through the users folders you should work out where the 'my documents' folder is. I take it you are after photos and docs etc? They should be in the my documents folder once you find it. Obviously copy these to the good computer. Once all swapped over you can then format the drive and use it as plug and play addition storage/backs ups
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