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Old 09-15-2014, 08:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Tech Forum members . New to help forums and certainly new to laptops , recently I acquired a laptop branded IPEX M3000N and cant seem to find relevant information about this system . As is the hdd has been removed and thinking it would be a simple replacement have been searching the web for information which is proving very difficult to find , What I have managed to figure out is that the drive sits in a caddy . The motherboard socket I think is referred to as a male to mule port and has 21 slots to accept male pins. Does anyone know if there is a drive that will fit this or is an adaptor required , in either case any idea where could these be sourced . I have a feeling IPEX is a rebranded Acer . In closing the computer is probably worth nothing , just the personal challenge of branching into laptops and getting it working would be quite satisfying to me . Any help on filling this gaping hole on the back of the unit would be greatly appreciated . Will Attach pic , Thanks again , Shane
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A lot of OEM's sometimes use a proprietary adapter that slips onto the connectors of a standard SATA drive. So if you can find the adapter, you can just get any 2.5" laptop HDD and install it. Tried looking on eBay?
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From what info I could find on that laptop, I believe it is a rebranded ASUS not Acer.

This may be what you need to install an hdd: ASUS M3000N(M3N) HDD Caddy / Adapter

http://www.notebookrepairparts.com/d...ategory=caddys
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Thanks strollin , your posted link took me directly to a picture of the identical caddy installed on the computer. Have done a lot of generic image searches for 21 pin to sata adaptor but everything I saw was 40 pin plus a lot of pictures of half naked women ( seems to happen every time I do an image search ? ) Even Ebay couldn't seem to find the appropriate part but now I know what I'm looking for it should make life a bit easier . will attempt to find the adaptor without the caddy tray from ASUS but if not so be it . Would say when the drive was removed it probably stayed attached and got discarded .Not sure where I got acer from , similar name and wasn't thinking . Thanks again Shane .
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I wasn't able to find just the adapter without the cadyy, good luck in your search.
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