HDD unknown interface in Toshiba laptop

Hi all.
I have an old Toshiba laptop, say over 8 years or so, from which I want to extract HDD information.
It happens that this HDD does not have a IDE or SATA interface, in fact, I don’t know what it is or how it is called.
Can anyone tell me what interface can it be and hot to plug it into a IDE interface?
Sorry I don’t have a picture of it right now, but I hope this is well know to some of you so you can help me.

Hi David,

I’ll try to help. If you can say a bit more about the drive you want to connect, I’ll do some research and see what I can find. The make and model should be printed on the drive. I don’t think that we sell an adapter for your drive as the only hard drive mounting solutions that we provide are for SATA connections but I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction once I know a little more about your drive.


Plugable Technologies

Hi, many thanks for your help.
this is a Toshiba Satellite P1000
Looks like it uses a parallel ATA-5 HDD, Is there any chance that this HDD is using something different than a standard IDE connector?

Hi David,

Laptop hard drives often have an adapter on the drive connector. Here’s a picture. If there’s an adapter, you’ll need to remove it. From there, I think it will be compatible with IDE connectors, but I’m not positive. Here’s a like with more information.


If there’s no adapter or it looks like it’s not compatible, use the exact make and model of the drive itself to search for a compatible external connector.

I hope that helps!

Hi Jerome. THis is the HD connector


Is this the one you say? SHould I try to remove it or to add another one you pasted?

It looks like a removable adapter. If it does come off then you should find a standard IDE connector underneath like this:


At that point you’ll need an IDE cable of some sort to connect your drive to your computer. You’ll probably want a USB to IDE kit like this one:


I can’t recommend any specific brand but if you read the review you should be able to find a good one.

I hope this helps!

Plugable Technologies

That was it, we removed the connector, and there was the IDE.

Thanks a lot

Glad we could help, thanks for letting us know!