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Tableau TDA5-ZIF ZIF IDE Adapter

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-Supports both Hitachi and Toshiba ZIF hard drives unlike its competitors that only support one or the other

- Adapts any Tableau IDE Forensic Bridge for use with a 1.8" ZIF hard disk.


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There are two prevalent standards for 1.8" hard disks with ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) connectors, one popularized by Hitachi and the other by Toshiba.

The ZIF connectors on the Hitachi and Toshiba hard disks look the same, but they are not inter-compatible. Each type of hard disk connects to an FFC cable - a flat, flexible cable which is superficially similar to a ribbon cable. But, the Hitachi and Toshiba hard disks are designed for FFC cables of different thicknesses. Be careful! Many of the ZIF hard disk adapters on the market support only one or the other thickness, but not both.

The Tableau TDA5-ZIF works seamlessly with both FFC cable thicknesses and fully supports both Hitachi and Toshiba ZIF hard disks. The TDA5-ZIF can be used to adapt any Tableau IDE Forensic Bridge for use with a 1.8" ZIF hard disk.  

TDA5-ZIF includes:

  • TDA5-ZIF (comes with rugged plastic enclosure)
  • 2 FFC cables for Hitachi drives
  • 2 FFC cables for Toshiba drives
  • Tableau nylon bag

When using the TDA5-ZIF with the Tableau T5 or T35e, use the 2" Tableau TC6-2 IDE cable to connect the TDA5-ZIF to the forensic bridge. Using the shorter TC6-2 when using IDE drive adapters for notebook hard disks will help to ensure data integrity and trouble-free operation. On the other hand, when using the TDA5-ZIF with a Tableau T14 Pocket Bridge, you can plug the T14 directly into the TDA5-ZIF and then plug the TDA5-ZIF directly into the notebook hard disk!

ZIF connectors are not very robust and they are typically rated for only 20 insertion/removal cycles. When using the TDA5-ZIF, it is recommended that you leave the most recently used FFC cable connected to the TDA5-ZIF. Changing the FFC cable is only required when changing between Hitachi and Toshiba drives or when the FFC cable itself wears out. This practice will greatly extend the life of your TDA5-ZIF.

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