08-16-2009 12:17 PM
I purchased the Thinkpad Serial ATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter II P/N 43R1980 as one step to have a Raid configuration for my W500 with Windows XP. My question is, will any serial ATA hard drive fit the adapter? Lest you think the answer is obviously yes, my former computer was a Toshiba Portege. Toshiba's hard bay adapter required a special fitting for the hard drive, presumability so one would have to buy the hard drive from Toshiba rather than a third-party vendor. Clever - a ten-cent part increased the cost of the hard drive by several hundred dollars. From the Thinkpad manual the adapter appears to have a standard fitting, but I would like conformation.
Many thanks for an information.
08-16-2009 08:45 PM
08-17-2009 03:13 PM
Thanks for the info. I have ordered a hard drive and will see the type of connection. The old hard drives had a double row of short, stiff pins - I thought they were the standard. The hard drives for my last Toshiba had gold? plating on a plastic strip - sorry I do not know the technical term - call them type 2 connections. The Thinkpad Serial ATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter II has a type 2 connection. Hopefully type 2 connections are now the standard and the hard drive I have ordered will also have type 2.
I will update after it arrives.