New Wallstreet HD

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Hello all.
I have a Toshiba 20 Gig Hd I would like to install in my old Wallstreet.,
Replacing the original 4 Gig Travelstar.
Problem is when I mount this Drive in the HD cage it seems not to make good contact.
The Drive works fine when not mounted in the HD cage.
The new Toshiba is about 5/16" thick, while the original drive is 3/4" thick,
I have a spare HD cage I tried modding, shims etc. but still no luck.
Anybody ever heard of this before ? Any simple solution?
Many thanks in advance.

Dave

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Paper shimming?

Have you tried a Piece of paper folded and used as a shim under the drive?

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Yes, even tried small washers

Yes, even tried small washers below the HD screws...
Thanks,
Dave

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Any other ideas?

Any other ideas?

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it might help me

It might help me if I had some pics to look at. I have never dealt with a wallstreet (never owned/worked on) so i don't know the layout. Can I get a pic of the laptop drive, and the cage? Preferable from many angles.

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Thanks coius, I doubt if sen

Thanks coius,
I doubt if sending pics would help..
I have a friend in another forum with the opposite problem.
The Wallstreet drive will not work in a Pismo due to size and seating.
If you really think some pics would help, let me know,
But this seems like it should be a known issue.
Thanks,
David

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HD Prop-Up

I think that you should try a piece of foam under it to support it. Of course, the foam is going to create static, so first put the foam in an anti-static bag. That should probably do it. Then again, it's only an idea, since I have never seen the inside of a Wallstreet.

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WHOA! *DON'T* wrap the foam

WHOA! *DON'T* wrap the foam in an anti-static bag! An ati-static bag works by having two conductive surfaces, the inside and the outside. They are electrically seperate, so that any build up on the outside doesn't transfer to the inside, and also it prevents a localized build up of static inside the bag.

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Foam isn't conductive anyway.

Foam isn't conductive anyway...

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Depends on the foam. There a

Depends on the foam. There are such a materials, in common use in certain industries (electronics Wink ), called Antistatic agents. One is conductive polymer, also conductive foam is used as an anti-static agent. IC chips used to come in small plasic boxes with a pice of foam that the pins of the IC were pushed though. Also take note of the triboelectric effect, which is why non-conductive materials *create static*. If you check ou most PCBs, they are isolated by an air gap, and don't touch anything, except the mounting points and connectors.

Anyway, I was just more concerned about wrapping the HDD in conductive material, and applying power,and then releasingthe magic smoke due to a short on the drives PCB, or even the pins of the ATA connector...

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Oops...

Sorry about the foam idea... I forgot that the bag keeps static out, not in. I hear that there is a special kind of foam that does not create static or conduct electricity in any way. I forgot the name of it however... Then again maybe it's a myth...

Once again, I apologize, and I hope that I did not do any harm.

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Oops...

Sorry about the foam idea... I forgot that the bag keeps static out, not in. I hear that there is a special kind of foam that does not create static or conduct electricity in any way. I forgot the name of it however... Then again maybe it's a myth...

Once again, I apologize, and I hope that I did not do any harm.

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Confused about the foam idea,

Confused about the foam idea, is this suggested in place of the HD cage?
For now I will re-assemble the Wallstreet with the original drive.
Perhaps sell the 20 GIG toshiba drive, Pulled from an IBOOK.
Any offers?
Thanks for all your help !

Dave

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how much of a gap is it between the hdd and the bracket?

i was wondering, because I have an idea, but I need to know what the gap is to see if it will work...

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when the drive sits in the ma

when the drive sits in the machine, the bracket is upside down, right? That means the top of the drive (label side) is actually facing the bottom of the machine. Am I right?

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Why does the size of the driv

Why does the size of the drive matter? Only the drive cage touches the inside of the machine not the drive... and the screws hold the drive to the top of the cage. Also the connector pushes onto the drive and then you push the whole thing down onto the connect, right? I have a brand new 40 gig drive in my wallstreet and didn't have any problems with this. Do you have pictures of where you're having a problem with a gap?