How to Connect a 44-Pin Laptop Hard Drive to a PC

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How to Connect a 44-Pin Laptop Hard Drive to a PC
40-pin IDE Interface Cable (connector image by Alex from Fotolia.com)

Connecting a 44-pin laptop hard drive to a PC requires an adaptor that provides power and data transfer to and from the hard drive. This can be accomplished using an in-line connector that connects to the standard 40-pin IDE interface cable and a power cable, or it can be done using a specialised USB adaptor that accepts a variety of hard drive interfaces. Either method will allow the drive to be accessed, but only the first method allows the drive to be used as a primary boot device.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Laptop hard drive with 44-pin connector
  • IDE 2.5" to 3.5" adaptor or
  • USB to IDE interface cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Attach the in-line connector to the 44-pin laptop hard drive.

  2. 2

    Connect the power cable and 40-pin IDE cable to the in-line connector.

  3. 3

    Connect the 40-pin IDE cable to the primary hard disk drive controller on the motherboard of the PC.

  4. 4

    Boot the machine and install an operating system if necessary.

  1. 1

    Attach the in-line connector to the 44-pin laptop hard drive.

  2. 2

    Connect the power cable and 40-pin IDE cable to the in-line connector.

  3. 3

    Connect the 40-pin IDE cable to the secondary hard disk drive controller on the PC.

  4. 4

    Boot the system and access the 44-pin drive from My Computer.

  1. 1

    Connect the 44-pin hard drive to the USB adaptor cable.

  2. 2

    Plug the USB cable into an available USB 2.0 port on the PC while in Windows.

  3. 3

    Choose to open folder to view files when prompted by the auto-run interface.

  1. 1

    Install the 44-pin hard drive into the USB hard drive enclosure following the directions that came with the enclosure or docking station.

  2. 2

    Connect the enclosure or docking station with the hard drive to a power source and then connect the USB cable to an available USB 2.0 port while Windows is running.

  3. 3

    Choose to open the folder to view files when prompted by the auto-run function.

    How to Connect a 44-Pin Laptop Hard Drive to a PC
    A USB cable can be used to connect the external hard drive. (usb image by Edsweb from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • If the 44-pin hard drive is not immediately detected it may require using the Disk Management utility under the Administrator Tools in Control Panel. Normally the Import Foreign Disk option will solve the problem and allow access to the drive.
  • Consult a data recovery professional before attempting to recover critical files from any source to avoid losing important data. Use extreme caution when handling small hard drives and never move or disturb them when they are operating.

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