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SATA hard drive power cable shorting?

Q: SATA hard drive power cable shorting?

I finally loaded my window xp media center on my brand new Seagate 320gb SATA 3.0g/s transfer rate hard drive 7200.10 series and the next day the computer wont turn on at all dead. My thoughts were first the power supply went bad or bad power cable to power supply but after checking all connections and possible options i found out that it was hard drive related. I thought it was my hard drive at first because only when the power cable was connected was when the computer wouldnt power up at all and it would shut off if i tried to connect it while computer was running. The hard drive also smelled like an electrical fire so i thought i fried the mother board on the hard drive or it froze on me. I sent it back in the Seagate warranty and they gave me a factory repaired unit. I used a temporary hard drive (WD 60gb IDE not SATA)for the time being with windows xp proffesional on it and worked completely fine no problems at all. As soon as i got the new hard drive i found out that the new hard drive didnt fix the problem i had before and in fact it got worse. The computer will run but somewhere where the red cable connector meets the hard drive power connector is where it starts smoking and burning up. So im thinking it could be the power cable itself because i was using the same SATA power cable as before but im not totally sure yet? any suggestions

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A: SATA hard drive power cable shorting?

You can have a defective connector. As a test, use a molex>sata power adapter to connect the sata drive to a standard molex connector ie the same one you used for the ide drive.

Next have you given the sata connector a VERY close inspection with a bright light?

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Hi, I'm looking for a reliable power cable for a SATA hard drive, which one(s) would you recommend?

A:reliable SATA hard drive power cable recommendation

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Hi there, im wondering if there is anything wrong with running three hard rives off the same power source. Basically coming form my power supply (antec 550 watt) im looking to split a single molex into three SATA power cables for the three hard drives b/c i have the molex to sata power splitter to do so. This way the case can stay a bit neater. But am not sure of the reprcussions of doing so if any.

I can see in the case of a power surge that there might be an issue...but i think there would be an issue either way if there was a power surge. But other than that i think i should all right...i think. But id rather ask first and she what ya all say before i go killing three drives with one stone.
Also, with the SATA II data cables that have the metal latch for keeping from coming dislodged....can those work on drives that are only sata I. Well im sure they would work...but would the latch actually make the data cable from coming off easier if the drive isnt meant for it??
Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

A:SATA / Molex Power and data cable hard drive question

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Within the last two weeks, we have had two machines short out on the DVD SATA cable. In both cases the short led to a brief fire (sparks and smoke inside the unit). If this was a single machine I would write it off as an anomoly, but two identical machines had the identical problem. We have 3 other machines of this model in house and are concerned for safety reasons.  The product number is LA006UT#ABA. Was there a recall? What options do I have to get a replacement for all my computers?

A:DVD SATA Cable shorting out on multiple computers. FIRE HAZA...

I have brought your issue to the attention of an appropriate team within HP. They will likely request information from you in order to look up your case details or product serial number. Please look for a private message from an identified HP contact. Additionally, keep in mind not to publicly post personal information (serial numbers and case details).If you are unfamiliar with how the Forum's private message capability works, you can learn about that here.Thank you for visiting the HP Support Forum.

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I want to transfer data from my hard drive in my laptop (Lenovo Y480) to a hard drive in my desktop. the cables for the sata adapter do not fit the hard drive from the laptop. Is there a different form for a 2.5 hard drive and a 3.5 hard drive?

A:sata to usb adapter cable dosen't fit sata hard drive in laptop?

Does the drive have an adapter need to remove to expose the SATA conenctors? I don;t see anything about the Y480 not having a standard SATA drive and laptop and desktop SATA connectors are the same.

Maybe post pictures of both the drive and your SATA cables.

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I currently have an SSD with the OS on it.

I have a 500GB hard drive about to fail that has all my games and programs.

I have a new 2TB HD and a SATA cable.

My question is what is the best way for me to move all my programs and games over to this new hard drive?



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hi guys,

I have just built a computer with the following spec
intel 2.6 E5300 dual core processor,
gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2 motherboard with graphics and audio,
hanns g 19 inch widescreen monitor via dvi,
sony SATA dvd rw,
western digital 500 gb sata hard drive (WD5000AKS)
4gb corsair ddr2 ram

In Bios my sata hard drive is assigned as IDE and if I assign it as RAID or AHCPI it gives an error and I cant boot to XP. No big issue there. The hard drive is connected via a sata cable and so is the DVDRW. What I want to know is if my hard drive is working as a SATA drive. WHat is the way to check this please ? Just wanna make sure that the pc is at optimal.

Also, my SATA DVDRW only has two connections, as far as I can see, sata and power. My motherboard has a CD in, how do I connect a CD in cable to the DVDRW or is this not necessary because it is connected via a sata cable ?

many thanks

A:sata hard drive and cd in cable for dvdrw

anyone ?

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I just made a mistake and put a locking type SATA cable in my computer and now cannot get it out. The idea is good but the design leaves a lot to be desired. I am afraid of damaging the motherboard by just pulling this thing out of the socket.

I have another identical cable to look at and experiment on and pressing on the metal device on the sides of the head does not do anything that I can see.

Is there a secret to getting these out of the sockets? Once out, I will not be using these again.


A:How to unlock SATA hard drive cable?

Actually, pushing the metal release does depress the two small latches. Try this. Depress the metal release, and put the connector INTO the board first and wiggle it around gently. Then, gently pressing it away from the metal catch, try to remove it.

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hello! i recently got blackscreened on my old dell. it would boot up to the log in screen and allow me to pass but would not load from there. from what i read online, this SATA cable would allow me to access my hard drive on another computer to possibly save some files. when i plug it in to the new computer, it recognizes the drive but when I click on it i get "Access is denied." I tried to go to settings-security-allow user permissions to access. When I did that I could see some file names I recognized flash by on the screen but it still wont allow me access. any help is greatly appreciated!!

A:trouble accessing hard drive via SATA cable


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i have 2 old hard drive's with some data in them and im trying to retrive it back to my current computer.
one of the drive's works perfectly, but when i connect the second drive it kills the cable totally.
i cant use the cable anymore.. even for the first drive.
it happend for the second time already so i figured out the hard drive is the problem..
any ideas how to fix the problem? what should i do?

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I just bought a couple Barracuda drives on eBay and want to install in my desk top LeNovo computer.
There is a couple cables free but only one fits the drive. The other 4-pin ones don't. There must be some sort of adapter for this.
Appreciate some help.

A:Cable(s) for SATA hard drive - Seagate Barracuda, in LeNovo

We would need to know which exact Barracuda drives you bought and your exact motherboard or atleast the model of the Lenovo in order to provide any useful guidance.

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were would I get a splitter canle for sata hard drive

A:Install second hard drive need a sata data cable splitter???

Hi, You can't split SATA data signals.  SATA power yes, but data no.

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Hello, I have some issues with my c540 all in one touch. A couple weeks ago, I noticed a burning smell coming from inside the pc, and then a little smoke. There was also a clicking sound from the speakers after I turned it on. Of course I turned it off, and unplugged it all. I did some research then on my other pc, and found that this was/is an ongoing issue within this particular pc. Isn't anything being done about this, to ensure people don't end up being killed? Luckily, I caught it in time, and was able to purchase another sata cable on ebay, but I shouldn't have had to do that. What if I wasn't home? The whole house could have burned down, and our pets would have been here!! Again, I bought another sata cable, but I'm really on edge, fearing it will happen again.  I also have another question - where can I find a list of parts that are compatible with this all in one? I want to replace the ethernet card, if possible, as it's not very good, neither is the wifi. I would like to have someone within lenovo comment on the burned cable issue, and please don't say you don't know anything about it, it is apparently a huge and widespread issue.You can see the melted bit. This all happened after only being on for about 1-2 minutes.?This is the burned part on the internal metal casing near the MB. I scraped it, to see how bad it was.?

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. I recently developed hard drive trouble and have had to order a replacement.

Instead of installing Windows 7 all over again, with all the drivers, etc., I want to clone my existing hard drive to the new one.

I intend to connect one of the hard drives to my system via a USB SATA cable with the other drive connected inside my system.

To test this, I removed my hard drive and connected it using the USB SATA cable that comes with Seagate Hard drives (Amazon.com: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Cable - USB 2.0 STAE100: Electronics)

I tried booting up my laptop using this setup.

The BIOS does detect the OS on the hard drive and attempts to boot from it, but flashes the BSOD when the Windows logo appears on the screen and reboots to a message that says that I should reseat the hard drive.
It then goes to a menu that asks me if I want to run startup repair or boot normally. Selecting "boot normally" repeats the process.

Any help? What can I do to rectify this problem? And more importantly, how can I make sure that my cloning process will go off without any trouble? I intend to use DriveImage XML for the cloning.

A:Unable to boot from Laptop Hard drive connected through USB SATA cable

Windows 7 will not boot and run from a USB drive.
However, that should not interfere with your ability to clone the drive using a USB connection.

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We have exactly the same issue with HP8000CMT. The same issue from this link. http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/8000-CMT-CD-Rom-drive-and-power-... 

A:8000 CMT CD-Rom drive and power cables shorting out and burn...

So I am now seeing these power connectors fry as well. 2 in thepast week alone and in classrooms. Can HP weigh in on whether or not there is a particluar harness that is failing. I haven't got the second failure back in office today yet but the first one that came in is a Century Asia harness. I have other units here that have Foxconn cables. I'll be curious to see what the second box has in it, cablewise.  OK so next machine jst came back in and another Century Harness fried. WTH HP. What harnesses can we trust? 

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Has anyone else had issues with the SATA power cord connecting CD-Rom drives and the system board shorting out and smoking pretty badly. If this is a known issue shouldn't there be a recall like Samsung have done for their phones? 

A:8000 CMT CD-Rom drive and power cables shorting out and burn...

Is the PC still in warranty?Nevermind. I see it has been around for a while.   I highly recommend that you consider replacing the SATA power cable with a new one to prevent that fire hazard from happening again.  You might  end up having to replace the PSU, depending on the configuration of the desktop PC. I think you may be the first to report something  safety related like that happening with your desktop.

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I recently aquired a new molex-sata adapter for adding a second HDD to my computer, but when I plugged it in and turned the PC on, it won't power up. Without either hard drive plugged into the power supply, the PC will start but obviously go no further, but with either hard drive plugged in the computer simply won't start.

I've tried with three molex-sata adapters now and none of them will make it work, so I was wondering if it is likely that the new adapter has ruined my hard drive? If not then any tips for fixing it?

Thanks very much

A:Can a SATA hard drive short the power?

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OK I am having a little problem I just purchased a new mother board (EPoX) and processor (P4 3.0) the problem I am having is when I turn on the computer all the fans start up but the hard drive will not spin ( the hard drive is working fine in my other computer) but in the new system when I unplug the ATA cable it starts to spin (also there is no signal to the monitor during any of this . If anyone has any suggestions or a solution please let me know.

A:No Power to ATA Hard drive when ATA Cable is attached.

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Right. I am trying to build my first computer (yay me), and I ran into some problems. So far, all the parts that I have, I have gotten for free, so I wanted to continue that trend for the hard drive. I had an old laptop that I am no longer using, so I decided to try using its hard drive for my new computer. I have an adapter for 2.5-3.5 inch IDE drives, but the power cable that is attached to said adapter has only the red and black wires (2 out of the 4 connectors have wires). are the other ones (yellow) necessary, or can they be skipped?

Also, would there be any particular way that I would need to arrange the jumpers on my laptop hard drive, and how would I go about doing so.

thanks for your replies in advance


New comp specs:
-Asus Tusi-M motherboard (given to me by a friend's dad). the mobo already had a celeron processor and heatsink attached.--350-Watt PSU
-Being short on cash, I decided that I would use the motherboard's built-in video chipset for the time being (upgrade in future)
-512 mb RAM
-30GB laptop hard drive
-integrated sound card

(as a side note, anyone got any suggestions on a cheap graphics card? Not anything top of the line, think 50-60 bucks.

A:Hard drive power cable issue

A 2.5 inch drive only uses the red and black as they run on 5v this means they can be plugged into the USB and ran from the 5v on the USB bus, the yellow wires carry the 12v needed for 3.5 inch drives.

However 2.5 inch drives very rarely have jumpers on them (some do and they are tiny little things) this means the PC would only see it as Master, so bear that in mind when adding any other drives especially those that require the master to be set to have a slave or else it wont work properly.

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So i found an old sata hardrive that was stored for about 2 years.
While the computer was on, i tried to plugged the Hardrive in the SATA power connector cable, as soon as i plugged it in the power connector there was smoke coming from the connection and my computer immediately shutdown.

Can someone explain what happened? I though you could connect devices while the computer was on without any issues?

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i am in the process of ordering parts to build my 1st computer but i am not sure about the sata hard drive power connection. do i need a special power supply to run the sata drive as the case i am ordering has a 400 watt supply in it or is there an adapter that i can purchase to adapt the supply i have to power the sata drive? any info will be a great help. thanks in advance.

A:Solved: sata hard drive power connection

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my used hard drive is the IDE power cord interface ( 4-pin). Now the hard drive had bad, and I want to buy a sata power interface. My motherboard has sata interface, but I don't know how many pin the sata hard drive interface to connect the power supply interface. Could I use my old power supply?

A:Sata hard drive power line interface

Hi Rae and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

You can get adapters that will allow you to connect drives with the newer SATA power interface with PSUs that only provide the older Molex connectors. Have a look here:
Amazon.com: molex sata adapter

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Just received the precision 3420 desktop - configured it with one hard drive.  Opened it up to add another one - there is an additional SATA cable, but now power.
Am I missing something?  I couldn't see any other connector for SATA power.
Is a different power cable required?

A:3420 - additional hard drive power cable

Hi Aaron,
Was configured with a single 2.5" or 3.5" drive? Can you PM me the service tag please?

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I'm just finishing up a new build and as I started to plug in my SATA devices (two HDDs and a disk drive), I noticed that the SATA power cable was a bit off.

It only goes on about half way onto the plug and then seems to get stuck. The SATA data cable seems to go on fine and cover up all the pins, but the power cable only covers up about half the pins. See photo for situation.

Any ideas? I'm totally stumped.

Pic: http://i.imgur.com/xhjor.jpg

A:Bad SATA power cable?

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i got hold of a really smashed up sky+ HD box today so i took out the 500gb hdd which is a sata hdd which is new to me..
i opened up the case of the computer and found 4 serial ata slots on the mobo but no where to plug the power cable into the computer, it has a old style dvd drive and hdd plugged into it but thats it im sure there must be a way to do this since theres sata ports on there

i appreciate anybody willing to take time to help me

A:sata power cable

If you have an available 4 pin molex power plug,
you can use a molex to sata power adapter.
They look like this..........

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Can I plug in the power cable to a sata drive (already connected to sata port on mobo), while the computer is on.

With that drive connected Windows will not boot (I never have had a problem with the drive before, even when installing windows). If I remember right, a few years ago, I moved the pagefile to that drive, and it also had a boot.ini file on it (for some reason) I wonder if that is the problem (never until now), because when that drive is installed windows hangs at starting windows.

A:Plug in a sata power cable

If the SATA controller is set to AHCI mode, and the SATA port the drive is on is set to allow "hot-swap", then yes you could. If not, then no you can't.

You should post a screenshot of your Disk Management window with the problem drive connected. Expand the window so everything can be read.

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I had a problem with my HDD this morning. My 5 yrs old Seagate SATA HDD of 500GB which usually ran without problem, all of a sudden did not want to start up. I'm lucky because it is only an external HDD with recorded tv shows and movies on it so I can still access my computer. I don't turn it on very often, only when I want to transfer or view a file from it.

Now I'm assuming that it might just be a broken SATA Power Cable. Because when I opened the case and checked the power cable it seems to be a little not normal. Here I provide you with the pictures of my SATA power cable:

1) The pins are not alligned normally (straight).

2) The black end also look a little bit bend.
3) The yellow cable has little scratch.

By looking at these pictures I hope you understand what I mean. Nothing has ever happened before to that HDD. If you think that the problem is not caused by the cable, please tell me why.

Please answer as soon as possible. Thank you

A:Broken SATA Power Cable

5 years is good. In our times very rare hard disk works warranty period (3years). I've seen cables in more bad shape, those you have are almost new and simply can't be reason for hdd operation problem.
Pins in Molex connector always free, they are not fixed by default.

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I just installed a second HDD in my New IdeaCentre 300-20ISH, and used up the last spare SATA power connector on the Power 1 Cable. I need to connect a USB card to power, but the the motherboard connector doesn't take a standard Molex plug. So what cable do I need to get to connect SATA power to Power 2 on the motherboard?

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I want to add a new hard drive to my new Inspiron 3650 . I have the sata cable but it looks like I need to buy a power cable. What do I need to buy and where do I get it from ? Thanks

A:Sata power cable Inspiron 3650

Other way around. The power supply should have a spare SATA power cable available, but you'd need to buy a SATA data cable to connect the new HDD to the motherboard. Any PC shop should have them for a few dollars. You may want one with a right-angle connector to make it easier to connect to the hard drive, especially if space is limited.
NOTE: According to the specs, the 3650 supports two 2.5-inch hard disk drives or one 3.5-inch hard drive. So you may or not be able to install a second hard drive, depending on the size of the existing drive, unless you're prepared to replace the existing drive if it's 3.5-inch.

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I just bought a Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB and I went to hook it up and the SATA power cable is backwards compared to the others. The other power cables form an L shaped like this -----
I ....that is it if you're looking at from the back, the L goes down on the right side. On the WD drive, it dips down on the left side?!? I didn't realize there was another type of power cable for a SATA drive.

The cable connector on back on the WD is like this ------

I have a Corsair HX620 modular PSU...I wonder if there is some type of adapter I need or something without going through Corsair. I've emailed them too but no telling how long that will take.

Kevin Palmer

Apparently my attempt at showing you didn't work on here.....at any rate it's like I said...on normal SATA power connectors, the corner goes down on the right, but on the WD, it goes down on the left.

A:Solved: Weird Power SATA Cable....

I'm an idiot! I'm just saying it so no one else has too....NEVERMIND....SIGH......

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I have an ssd and hdd already connected to one sata power cable and was wondering if I can connect a third (ssd)?

I'm sure my psu can handle it!? but I just need some reassurance it can

Thanks in advanced!

A:can you have 3 drives connected to one SATA power cable?

Yes, if the cable has 3 or even 4 sata power connectors on it, you can use them all, the PSU puts out more power when it has to.

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Have had similar issues with an increasing number of machines, picture below. Please advise

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i have been searching everywhere, i cant find a replacement!!
i'm trying to fix an all in one PC, 2013 model (going by the HDD manufacture date) but have no idea what model the all in one PC is.
took it apart and found that the Sata/Power cable combo had burnt, so need a replacement, been searching for 3 days online and cant find one.
Cable is labled
VBA00_HDD_CABLEDC02001MU10VSO 13/02/30 J
Sata and power connector side (goes into HDD)Motherboard connector endDamage
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

A:C540 - Sata/Power cable burnt, replacement??

Welcome to the Lenovo Community !
I am assuming that you have the C540 model?  If there are no labels with the model number on the outside, the first page of the BIOS Setup screen will list the model number.
In doing a quick search on the Internet using the part numbers I found two U.S. sellers with the cable.  They are available, but pricey.  Here are the two I found......
There was also a previous discussion concerning the C540 and this cable.  Some users made their own using using a plain SATA cable.  Here is that discussion....

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Computer: Dell Dimension 5100. 6 years old.
Current hard drive: SATA 250GB (think it's SATA 1). Dell web site says its ATA-133

Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults

Question: Can I fit a SATA 3 hard drive in this computer? Would this just work at SATA 1 speeds because of the old mainboard? Most of the hard drives listed for sale are now SATA 3.

Thanks for any replies.

A:Solved: SATA 3 hard drive to replace a SATA 1 hard drive?

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Hi guys, I'm trying to add an additional Hard Drive to my new computer. I can see that the only way to power the drive is to connect directly to the motherboard where there are 2 very small 4-pin SATA power ports. For the life in me I can't find the Lenovo Part Number for the cable here in the UK but I've found the following cable at ModDIY - There's no part number but it could be what I'm looking for: Lenovo Mini 4-Pin to SATA Power  Can anybody confirm that this is what I'm looking for and is it available anywhere in the UK? Cheers :-)  

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 I have lenovo H530 Desktop. I lost Motherboard to Hard Disk Drive power cable. Through research i have Purchased Cable from china. When i connected power cable i did not get display monitor. Without cable connection Display will be there. I have tried in his way also. I have purchased SMPS, 24pin to 14pin converter. i have try to give direct SMPS power. this time also same display problem. Please help me on this issue. Thanks & regards, Srinivaas 

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Hello my laptop needs to be an internal cable Hard to look for this model What is the number that exists on cable model Hp Compaq  presario cq58 d56se 

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Just bought a HDD on amazon and I was wondering if it comes with an SATA cable. It didnt say it did, nor did it say it didnt include one. If not, where could I buy one? Walmart? Best buy?

A:Do hard drives come with an SATA cable?

It depends. Often they are oem drives - no screws or leads included.

You might need screws, sata data cable and molex - sata power cable. They are usually very cheap on Amazon, Scan, Aria, etc.

I expect they have them in Best Buy.

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i have an atx case and power supply the case is lit up is there a way to short the power to light up the case for display without killing myself or burning anything

A:shorting a atx power supply

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

A:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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I have to replace my original hdd on my 9 year old Dell XPS 8100. The desktop  has an i7 chip so I'd hate to replace it with a new i7 PC because they are expensive.The bad drive is an esata drive. I notice that current crop of hdd's seem to be sata III drives. Will the old Dell PC mother board  on the desktop support the new sata III drivesIf I replace the bad hard drive would I be able to restore the W7 OS and all my data by using a macriumbackup file on the desktops external  backup drive?
Thanks for your help!

A:Can old oem sata hard drive be replaced with a new current generation sata III hdd on an 8 year old xps 8100 with an i7 chip??

Any 3.5" SATA drive will work.
As long as the system is in working order, and you purchase a SATA data cable for the additional drive, you should have no trouble cloning the existing drive to a new one.

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i am running
Win XP Pro
2gh P4
762mg ram
m/B, - EliteGroup - P4S5MG/651+ / 478 socket

Store bought tower,
In the last couple of days my power supply seems to be shorting out, i have change the psu 2 now to find if i leave it on it seens to burn out.

1st PSU 230w running 4 years +
2nd psu 230w running less than a day

wondering what would cause 2 different psu to stop working?

could it be a motherboar fault?

very confused

A:Solved: power supply keeps shorting out

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I have read many times that when the Power button on a computer will not start the comp, take a screw driver and short across the Pwr pins on the Mobo. This is supposed to start the comp.
My question is how does that action make it happen? And, will the comp keep running after you remove the short? Is the power switch, then a momentary switch?
I have a computer that will not start either with the power switch or shorting the power pins. The psu is tested good. I believe that possibly the motherboard is bad.
Any thoughts?

A:Shorting across the Power Switch pins

will the comp keep running after you remove the short? Is the power switch, then a momentary switch?Click to expand...

Yes, and yes. Just make sure that you are shorting the proper pins.

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I have 2 IDE HDs installed and added SATA drive lately. SATA runs in IDE mode in CMOS. Problem is, even though SATA drive is recognized by BIOS, Disk Manager, Norton Ghost & System Works, it doesn't show in My Computer, causing problems with saving and opening files. Tried a couple of tricks (changing the drive letter,disconnecting & reconnecting the drive, reformatting etc. ) nothing seems to work. I use this SATA drive for storage and for now I have to drag the files down there manually.
I don't know if it's of any importance, but I have nVidia GeForce graphics card onboard.
Has anyone encountered this kind of a problem ?
Thanks Carl

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The time has come for me to wipe the hard drive and re-install Windows 7 following a recent disastrous download that's effectively knocked out my Internet Explorer 11 and rendered Internet browsing difficult. My system has since become unstable and progressively slow and unfortunately, for some reason, I am unable to Restore to any previous installation. As I have loads of files I want to access, I've decided get a new Hard Disk and run the original H/drive (if possible) from a SATA drive Docking Station. So essentially, I would like to know if my Dell DXC061 will run and support a new Seagate 1Tb SATA3 7200rpm Barracuda. My BIOS is Ver. 2.4.0 dated 05/24/07. I have opened the CPU to see that the current drive connectors appear similar to those on the SATA Docking Station and think my old drive will fit it. However, it's now occurred to me that its possible the newSATA 3 drive may not be compatible with my BIOS or Motherboard. Any help or comments please? Incidentally I have most of my most useful files backed up on an external drive, so all, hopefully is not lost.

A:Upgrading Hard Disk from SATA to SATA 3 Drive

You need a SATA3 port to connect a SATA3 HDD to be fully compatible.

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My old HP had a IDE drive that crashed. To put a SATA drive in, do I nedd to change the motherboard or the cables?

A:Can I install a SATA drive on and IDE cable

Both. If your board is not set up for SATA, you need to buy a PCI add-on card or new board.

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