My intention was to fix the hardware to where the computer works and then load it with the stock Windows 3.11 / OS/2 using the ThinkPad Preload / loadsoft.exe program we're all familiar with. I have an adapter to plug in a 2.5" drive into my regular PC, assuming this hard drive is like the one in my 365XD and not some kind of proprietary connector like in the 755CD. If that's the case, can I just plug it into my computer, transfer all the software preload files to the HDD and then run loadsoft.exe from the HDD using a DOS boot disk in the external floppy? Similar to how I installed Windows 95 on the 365XD?
If that's not possible due to connector / software limitations, what's my cheapest option for a dock? Would it be the Port Replicator? It seems like Dock I and II go for many hundreds of dollars but that the Port Replicator can be had for between $60 and $120. I'm still pretty disappointed that I might need to buy another piece just to get this done, I'm really hoping I can just remove the HDD and plug it into my regular PC for data transfers. In my defense, the reason I thought the computer had a regular parallel port was because ThinkWiki told me it does!
Is there an adapter for the floppy port that can turn that into a parallel port? I think I've seen them around but have no clue what to search for to get one.
The other option is using the pcmcia slot, if you have CF adapter and a pcmcia slot on your source computer.
The way I see it is you should be able to open up your HDD caddy, disconnect the propietary connector adapter and voila, you have a standard 2,5 inch drive. Can't bet on it though; never even seen a 701 in person.
You can get PCMCIA -> SD/CF adapters online. They should work just fine. Matter of fact, I think these days it's better to swallow up the lack of hard drive noises and get a IDE -> CD adapter. This makes it way easier to get files in and out of your ThinkPad.
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It's possible to put the disk in another machine. The disk is in the caddy you can see on this drawing (piece 5) :
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If you have one of the external floppy disk drives and the proper cable you can use floppy disk drives. AFAIK you need the port replicator to get a parallel port.
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