UnknownPort Filter: (Dell Advanced Port Replicator)
January 29, 2006 3:57 PM   Subscribe

What is this port? It's on my Dell Advanced Port Replicator. I can't find any mention of it... http://flickr.com/photos/hatsix/92816980/ (p.s. the bottom one is of course a USB port... I'm looking for the upper one)
posted by hatsix to Technology (11 answers total)
It's SATA, dude.
posted by Afroblanco at 4:01 PM on January 29, 2006

dude, it's SATA.
posted by kcm at 4:09 PM on January 29, 2006

Best answer: Actually, it's a Dell D/Bay connector, which also acts as a USB port. I have the same on my Latitude x300. D/Bay is an external case for the swappable drives that come with some latitudes. My computer has a base station with a slot which I can use for my floppy drive or my DVD drive. The other drive can be connected through the D/Bay.

If you need the drive without the bulk of the base station or you need access to both drives at once (or other D/Bay options like a battery or second hard drive, I think).

See also:
Latitude x300 Tech Specs

DELL D/Bay External Media Bay Latitude X1 / X300 / D400 / D410 / D800 / Notebooks, D-Port APR and D-Dock
posted by jewishbuddha at 4:15 PM on January 29, 2006

I didn't know this, but to save you the trouble of looking it up yourself: SATA.
posted by rafter at 4:15 PM on January 29, 2006

jewishbuddha is correct, it's a Dell D/Bay connector (scroll down).
posted by RichardP at 4:28 PM on January 29, 2006

RichardP's picture is what I was looking for but didn't find (and I was too lazy to take pictures of my own computer and post them for verification). Spot on.
posted by jewishbuddha at 4:45 PM on January 29, 2006

Dude, my bad. It looks a lot like SATA, but as it turns out, the connector that I was thinking of has 7 pins and not 4.
posted by Afroblanco at 5:25 PM on January 29, 2006

Response by poster: Thanks guys!

For the record, I had tried SATA!
posted by hatsix at 6:11 PM on January 29, 2006

Wow, this was amazingly helpful for me too. Thanks everyone.
posted by krisjohn at 7:01 PM on January 29, 2006

Are the ports rusty, btw?
posted by jikel_morten at 7:12 PM on January 29, 2006

Response by poster: God damn seattle humidity, and it's probably refurbished, since I just got it from dell for a replacement laptop...

It really isn't as bad as it looks in the picture, I'm not sure what's causing it to look like that.
posted by hatsix at 4:50 PM on January 30, 2006

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