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What is a "Slim" IDE interface?

By SGeorgiades ·
I recently purchased a DVD-ROM drive (Matsushita SR-8185-C) that was advertised as having an IDE/ATAPI interface, but when I received it, the connector was NOT the standard 40-pin...instead, it is a densely packed 50-pin connector that is only about7/8 inch wide. Also, there is no power connector on this drive, so presumably the power is supplied through this same connector. I've been told that this is a "Slim" IDE, but I can't seem to get any more details about it. Can anyone tell me about this? Is this some kind of new standard? And how can I use this with my existing controller, or do I have to get a new controller? If so, what kind?

Thanks!

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by McKayTech In reply to What is a "Slim" IDE inte ...

Hmm... I can't find any information anywhere on this drive, but the connector sounds like a high-density SCSI connector but that wouldn't supply power.

It's certainly not a "standard" but I would guess the cable is proprietary but the interface is not.

paul

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by grbeckmeyer In reply to What is a "Slim" IDE inte ...

I found this product that sounds like a frame/removeable drive system, but no specs on it.
http://au.store.yahoo.com/estore-au/9032.html

I also found some info at HP and Toshiba that look like proprietary drives. The HP drive fits into a Vectradesktop and connects to a riser card.

Your drive is probably intended for a specific brand/model PC, or they just sent you the wrong drive. I was not able to find any info on that model number to check the specs.

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by RAMAC-9846778 In reply to What is a "Slim" IDE inte ...

It sounds like a SCSI-2 connector to me.

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by SGeorgiades In reply to What is a "Slim" IDE inte ...

No, this is definitely NOT a SCSI-2 connector...too small. This is about half the size of a SCSI-2.

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by 1stladytech In reply to What is a "Slim" IDE inte ...

The Slim IDE interface is the standard developed for laptop use. Some of the Desktops are starting to use this interface as it requires less power connectors, and probably less power for the drive (can't confirm that). The cable supplies both power and interface, but you can usually get a adapter kit for installing a laptop hdd into a desktop. Not sure if it would use the same cable set, but should have one available for the cd rom set as well. Good luck,

Vickie

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by mark.thomson In reply to What is a "Slim" IDE inte ...

I tried entering the following into www.google.com ("slim cd" and bay) and found what may be relevant products from www.cidesign.com or www.servercase.com (the 1st 3 hits). Slim CD drives also seem to be used a lot in 1U rack mounted servers.

I suspect that the reason for slim CDs having more pins than 2.5in HDDs is to accomodate the direct audio connection

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