There are different interconnects (or interfaces) on the drives.
The earlier iPods, the iriver h100, h300 and the gigabeat F series all had the 50 pin (female) connector. See the first attached pic.
Then they went to ZIF. (iPod 5g, Gigabeat X, etc.) See the second attached pic.
If someone would produce a ZIF to 50pin adapter, like the one made in the stolltech PDF (up two or three posts) it would sell like hotcakes. I guarantee it.
Now they speak of ATA-7 LIF. I am not sure what LIF is but I believe it stands for Linear Insertion Force.
Read the announcement here: http://www.toshibastorage.com/techdocs/PR2007-12-18-inchPC-CEHDDAnnouncement.pdf
If anyone has details or can link to a pic of a Toshiba MK1214GAH drive please post it. Thanks.
Anyways here are the specs (lifted from the PDF)
Product Specifications â€“ For the 120GB model.
Model no. MK1214GAH
No. of platters 2
No. of heads 4
Logical sector size 512 B/sector
Buffer size 2MB
Average seek time 15 msec
Interface ATA-7 (LIF connector) <---
Rotational speed 4,200 rpm
External dimensions 54.0 (W) x 71.0 (L) x 8.0 (H)
Weight 59g (max.)
Energy consumption efficiency 0.0025 W/GB
Operating: 4,900 m/s2, 500G (2.0ms, 1/2 sine)
Non-Operating: 14,700 m/s2, 1,500G (1.0ms, 1/2 sine)
Idle: 1.6 Bels
Operating: 2.2 Bels