I recently replaced the 1.8″ ZIF PATA drive in my HP 2710p with a solid state drive. I love it. It’s now completely silent except under the heaviest of loads, and it’s quite a bit faster in both Linux and Windows.
However, I saw no sense in having a perfectly good small, slow, 80GB drive hanging around on a shelf, so I bought a USB enclosure for it. There are loads of these on ebay for a couple of dollars, so what the heck?
The enclosure arrived but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how to put the ZIF cable into the HD. Well, after much poking around, I finally found some reasonable instructions. Now all is well.
ZIF stands for Zero Insertion Force. It was certainly greater than zero for me. Sheesh.