another old drive has no missing pin to accommodate my drive housing's blocked hole.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by supermarky, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. supermarky macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2011
    what must I be looking for exactly in the way of an enclosure for the drive that will not have a blocked hole in the female data plug, so I can plug it in?


    thanks again
  2. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I know what you are asking but have never heard of this problem before.

    The way you are asking it is also confusing.

    What size hd.

    What type hd

    What brand enclosure

    We are not mind readers here. PHotos would also help.
  3. SimonUK5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2010
    Sound stupid, but have you tried orientating the drive differently? Some caddys(for some stupid reason) like drives upside-down...
  4. supermarky thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2011
    that won't work there needs to be one missing pin, otherwise female plug (again the one with the 2 rows or 28 or so pins - hard to count those things being farsighted) with one hold blocked in the middle can't connect.

    I have some other enclosures lying around somewhere maybe... one will have an unblocked hole...
  5. burnout8488 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2011
    Endwell, NY
  6. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Well, here is a secret.

    I once somehow missed a whole set of Hard drive pins on an ATA hard drive going into a powerbook or ibook or something.

    Worked fine.

    Pull out the pin or jam it.
  7. adcx64 macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2008
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    Are you sure there is not a header attached to the drive?
  8. 666sheep macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
    OP, it must be pre 1994 HDD, I guess. You need a proper enclosure, because this HDD may never work again if you'd remove pin 20. This pin was used to provide small voltage to the drive (VCC) which may be necessary for this drive to work properly.
    See this link for better explanation of IDE pinouts:

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