Different 2.5 ” SATA hard disk connectors

Today I participated in a reshuffling of laptop hard disks. I’d never seen 2.5 ” SATA drives before, and got confused for a moment by the different connector on the Toshiba HDD2D60, previously connected to a Compaq laptop. The other disk, a WD one, had what I felt looked more like true SATA connectors.

I figured maybe there was a custom adapter on the Compaq’s motherboard I was supposed to rip out with the disk, but couldn’t find any. Turns out there was an adapter, but it was attached to the disk (duh). So I just ripped that out, and the standard SATA connectors on the disk were revealed.

This enabled me to connect it to the other laptop, a Fujitsu U9200.