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    Embarrased to ask, but what is this socket?

    Tying to replace a teachers optical drive. Looking up on internet for a replacement and then came across the option of Sata or IDE... I dont think its a SATA but it doesnt look like an IDE either lol!!photo.JPG

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    Is it out of a tower or laptop?

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    It looks to me like a manufacture own connector. Its a bit like the dells. Is there no part codes on the drives or owt

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    laptop

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    Looks like a laptop's CD/DVD drive - slim ATAPI connector?

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    tend to find the laptop drives dont have an ide or sata this is mainly cause its a combined data and power socket

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    Connector for external bay/fdd/cdrom/dvd for use with a laptop.

    I would agree looks like a Dell, similar to one I had with an old Dell latitude

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    Is that one of those magical drives from the likes of "24" where any device can be plugged in to any other device and where an entire hard drive can be downloaded in seconds!?

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    Sometimes the manfacturers one is placed over the industry standard adapter but does that one look like it's solder to the drive pcb?

    If it is then you'll have to replace it like for like.

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    did a search found this website

    CD/DVD-RW optical drive >> Laptop Parts 101

    they say its a a slim ATAPI connector as sdc said

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    Well you're all wrong, its a Toshiba L300.

    Ok my confusion has stemed from a seller on fleabay who obviously doesnt know what he is talking about! lol

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    its an ATAPI connector, some laptops have specific connectors which use an adapter plate. but the CD/DVD-ROM side is generally a ATAPI, unless its a new SATA drive

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    That connection is standard on laptops. As others have stated, it's a slim IDE connection for optical drives. New laptops of course have SATA connections these days

    It literally is a case of unscrewing it, sliding it out and sliding a new drive in place.

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    slim atapi or PATA connection

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    It's the laptop's mouth - that's where you have to feed it (see the little teeth along the bottom).

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