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Q: Plug in a sata power cable

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.

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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 am not sure:

Can I plug-in (and -out) a SATA cable (to hard disc) from (ASUS) motherboard slot when computer is running?

Or will this cause a damage to hardware?


A:Can I plug-in SATA cable when computer is running?

If your sata controllers are in AHCI mode. It's called 'hot plugging'. Although I only do it if necessary.

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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 replaced a failed HP PSU 03057F3R with a "compatible" PSU from a supplier. There are 5 wires attached to the sata power plug for the failed PSU, but only 4 wires attached to the sata power plug for the compatible PSU. One of the 5 wires of the failed PSU is not connected to the molex plug but directly to the circuit board of the PSU.

The PC works fine with the compatible PSU and the hard drive seems to work fine with the 4-wire sata power plug which used to be connected to a 5-wire sata power plug. Should I be concerned that the use of the 4-wire sata plug will pose a safety or data problem for me?

A:Sata power plug puzzle

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I am having trouble with the prongs where the power cable is plugged in on the back of the tower. The computer does not come on unless I jiggle the prongs. The computer stays on just fine, then, so long as I don't turn it off. If I have to turn it off, then to get it on the next time, I have to jiggle the prongs again. I have already replaced the power cord, so I know it's not that. Have you ever heard of this happening? Is it possible to replace this part?
Thank you for your help! Maggie

A:plug for power cable on back of tower

That power cable goes into the power supply. If the cable is good, there is something wrong with the prongs of the power supply. Do you have a spare to swap to confirm?

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Just got my new PC, but when i plug in hdmi and power cable it starts up but no signal on monitor?

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Hey guys, I'm new here; I'm having a problem that is bothering me, I recently installed windows 8.1 on my alienware 17x R2, the problem is the laptop never shutdown and still running !, also when I unplug the power cable then plug it back again the windows freeze ! , Note that the battery on my laptop is nearly dead; I wasn't have a problem like this with windows 7, please advice, thanks

A:Windows 8.1 Freeze on shutdown and plug/unplug power cable

Right click the battery icon in the taskbar. Then, click power options. Then choose what the power button does. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable. Finally, uncheck turn on fast startup.

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T5810 upgrade to Titan X GPU which requires one 8-pin & one 6-pin connector for power.  I ordered an 8-pin to 6+8-pin cable as suggested by searches.  It plugs perfectly into the GPU but has no place to plug in on the PSU board:
It does not fit into the 8-pin spot on the lower left.  It fits in the 10-pin spot with the bottom two left open, but does not work.  The power light flashes amber.
Is there another way to power the GPU with this PSU board?  

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

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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 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 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 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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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

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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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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 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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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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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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I verified the PSU is good.
I removed all drives, all cards, even memory.
All the fans spin for a moment then nothing they stop.

I assume the MB is now destroyed? A GTX 260 has two 6 pin power connectors, since the PSU only had one 6 pin power connector, I thought to try it.

MB is Asus P5QC
So is it dead?

A:Plug in GTX 260, hooked up one 6 pin power plug, motherboard wont post

Did you read the GTX 260 manual to see if it has to have the two connectors on?
This is an old MB, so it has a story. Tell us how did you get it and what memory, GPU etc it has before.
With no memory it won't boot. Do you have a speaker connected to the MB so you can hear the beeps when you turn it on?
Witch power supply you have? GTX 260 requires 500W as minimum.

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I have an external hard drive Seagate backup plus 1 tb working fine with Sony vaio E15136 win 8.1 64 bit 4gb Ram. As long as I change the power supply i.e either plug in or plug out the power supply of my laptop, external drive is re-detected.
The external drive draws power from laptop.No external power source.
In case of USB pen drives this thing didn't happen.
Looking for any solution or explanation?

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My Yoga S1 has contradictory, intermittent power issues that I'm trying to chase down. Culprits are bad power bric/cord/plug or power socket on mother board or power board that feeds into power button/led on. One day it blacked out and wouldn't restart to hard drive or windows stage. I did get an error code which I can't remember 5100 or 5500 poss?, that seemed to indicate the power board or ribbons to that needed replacement or re-attachment. So fiddled with it and it did fire up in windows all ok. Then ran out of power and died again. power button wouldn't light up. plugging in power unit did light up led as getting charge. Left it overnight and then it miraculously charged up. pushed power button light up twice then nothing. took out power board/detached ribbon, then it fired up to windows, fixed some hd errors and has been restarting without problems. Except now there is no plug showing on battery icon when plugged in. So not recharging but I'm sure the battery is good. And logically, the power brick and plug must be feeding electricity into laptop to get it to recharge enough to start up. So power socket and plug may be suspect with intermittent contact problems. Or the power board somehow is involved in this? I've ordered a new powerboard as easy screw in and cheap. My question about powerboard is does this control ability of plug to charge battery? power brick with new plug is next order from ebay. but the power socket, which see... Read more

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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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Relatively new hdd disappears after some time.
(1Tb WD black sata3 jumpered to sata2)
All cables are sata click.
The drive is used for storage and is accessed only few times a month.
So is any way to test somehow what is the problem
hdd, cable or mb sata connector (GA-EP43-DS3L).
It's all start with annoying red hdd activity light lighting all the time when a drive disappears.
After a reboot all is back to normal for some time.
Tested a drive with hd tune pro and it seems ok.
-up normal
-down 1Tb missing

A:Sata Hdd / cable / motherboard sata / problem?

a few things to try first.

-use a different sata cable
-use a different power cable
-try the drive in a different sata port on the motherboard

my first thought was a motherboard fault, which it may well be but try the above first, if nothing else you can eliminate three things as possible faults in the mean time.

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Hi everyone.

On my motherboard there are 4 what I think are sata plugs. They have the L shaped bit in the middle but no outside oval part (the plastic part) Are these the old type of SATA or are these the new sata but just different.

Any help would be great.
Thank you


A:Different SATA Plug

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Sorry I don't know the proper terms, but basically the pin inside the jack where the power cord gets plugged into on my laptop was bent so that it's really hard for me to plug in my power cord and have it stay in place. My warranty with best buy has expired, so I need to figure out how to solve this problem on my own. I can't just leave it like this because the cord comes out really easily and I can't continue to work with such a tenuous setup. Anyway, is this just a matter of replacing the entire unit inside my laptop? I know you probably need more information, but I'm not sure what to provide, so please ask any questions. The laptop is a Toshia M-45, about 3-4 years old. Thanks in advance

A:Bent power supply pin - Hard to plug in power cord

umm.. bend it back so it's closer to normal? That's all I can say about it. usually works for me.

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while spring cleaning my computer I noticed one sata hd was missing the curved part on the power plug.
is it still safe to use the drive ?

A:SATA plug damaged

I don't understand what the "curved part" is, but if the drive still powers up and is seen, all is ok

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hi all, i recently broken the top off one of the plug comnig from my psu, dont ask me how because i seriously just don know what went on but anyway. i was wonering if i could replace that one broken plug with a ne one? or maybe even just fix the current one?

A:broken sata plug

Probably the best (easiest) way would be get a SATA power connector that has the wires on it. Cut off the wires of the broken plug and splice (solder) the wires from the new plug (make sure you connect the wires correctly) to the wires from the power supply for the broken plug. Be sure to properly insulate each of the spliced connections.

I don't know if you can buy a connector with wires, but you can get a PATA (IDE) power connector to SATA adapter and use the wires and SATA connector from that. '

Here is an adapter listed on e-bay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-IDE-Mole...item2c65d55ab9

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This is probably very simple, but I can't figure it out. Iam building a system around a new Intel D955XBK motherboard, which has the integrated audio, and I cannot determine where to plug the little audio cable that connects to the CD-ROM drive. In my old system there was a port on the audio card for it.

A:Where do you plug the audio cable?

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Pc is hp b6840 but no idea wgerectge actual disk drice is either

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Hi i have a Del Dimension 3000 with motherboard number E210882 and i need to change the factory  GREY FLAT CABLE TO A SATA CABLE SO I CAN USE A NEWER HDD but i don't kinow what this cable would be called or where i can find it.there are 39 pins in the motherboard and no SATA connectors in the MOBO just IDE connectors.
I'd appreciate your help on this!

A:Switching from an IDE cable to an SATA cable

There is no way to use a cable to install a SATA drive on a mainboard with no SATA support.
You'll need to install a PCI SATA controller (and you'll also need a MOLEX to SATA power adapter for the drive -- it's long past the time that SATA drives had MOLEX power connectors on them.

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While the computer is on, can I unplug an SATA drive and plug in a new one? Is this safe, or just plain stupid? Should I always turn off the computer before adding/removing a hard drive?

Win XP Pro.

A:SATA Drives Plug & Play?

Some raid cards [highpoint I know] support hot-swapping on SOME of their cards. DO NOT do this on something that you are not sure supports hot-swapping. Basically the connectors must be designed so that the last connection to break is the ground; all power is removed before the ground connection is broken. USBs are designed this way.

Again do not do this unless you know the device supports hot-swapping.

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I'm trying to fix my computer because my boyfriend took out the graphics card a while back also taking out multiple cables so he could get it out but now he doesn't know where they go.
I can plug the graphics card in no problem but i'm struggling with this cable ( http://www.gttkc.com/shop/images/sata-data-90deg.jpg ) Its got data SATA 4 written on it by the person who put the pc together.
One end is plugged into the motherboard, the other end i have no idea where it goes. Theres another identical cable plugged into the motherboard (he's written master boot SATA 1 on it) and that is plugged into the hard drive (maxtor diamondmax 22)
I have looked and looked but i can't find where it goes.
Sorry if this is a really stupid question but i don't really know what i'm doing with computers i just get by with improv and common sense.
Thank you!

A:Solved: Where do i plug the data sata?

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I have an Asrock k7nf2-raid motherboard & 2 sata hard drives. 1 is internal with windows xp installed, this one works fine.

The second hd is in a removable rack. This drive works fine until I remove it using "safely remove hardware". If the drive is removed in this way, whether it is re-plugged when the pc is on or off, it is not recognised by the operating system or the bios.

The only way to get this drive to work again is to cold boot the pc a few times until the drive is eventually detected, even then, windows tends to freeze when the drive is accessed.
After the next few boots, windows stabilizes & everything then runs ok.
In the mobo manual, it does say that the mobo does not support sata hot plugging, I but if this is so, then why do I get the option to "safely remove" this drive?
and if I cannot use this drive in this way, then why does all the above happen. surely the drive should be recognised on the next boot.

I also believe that nf2 chipsets do not support hotplug, but nf3 & 4 do. So again, why does this drive show up in the safely remove hardware group.

I have tried new cables. Swapped the rack for one out of another pc & tried a different hd, always with the same results.

Has anyone any idea why this keeps happening?
Thanks for any replies


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Can I arbitrarily plug in and out SATA cables (coming from DVD and (external) hard disc) into and from SATA slots on the motherboard?

or does this cause hardware damages?

Are thesDVD and external hard discs detected automatically by Win7
or do I have to click somewhere "refresh" ?


A:Can hot-plug-in and out SATA cables from mobo during run?

Quote: Originally Posted by pstein

Can I arbitrarily plug in and out SATA cables (coming from DVD and (external) hard disc) into and from SATA slots on the motherboard?

or does this cause hardware damages?

Are thesDVD and external hard discs detected automatically by Win7
or do I have to click somewhere "refresh" ?


Hello Peter and welcome to the forum

The answer I will give you is that the drive and PC must support hot plugging, You need to select AHCI in the BIOS and the drive must have a SATA power cable (as opposed to the old four pin molex connectors that were used by some of the early SATA drives.)

I have never heard of hot plugging a DVD drive.

So how do you know if I can do it of not? easy answer read the next paragraph

To disconnect a Serial ATA hard drive from the computer when the computer is running, you must first use the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon on the system tray to dismount the drive from the Operating System. If the Serial ATA hard drive is not listed under the "Safely Remove Hardware" function, the motherboard or Serial ATA controller does not support hot plugging and the computer should be shut down and powered off before disconnecting the hard drive.

Except for external SATA my personal opinion is not to do it

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Hello guys , i have a problem with my desktop pc and I really can't find a solution to it. Recently , I started to get dc and the only way of making it work again was to turn off my modem, wait 10 seconds and then restart the pc. Recently i was downloading a game from steam and after 3/25 gb it dc again. Troubleshooter reported 2 problems. The first with an red x stating that an ethernet cable is not properly plugged in or it might be broken (my cable is new and it works fine) and one with a yellow triangle stating that local area connection doesn't have a valid ip configuration. Ok so I gave up and did 2 things: first i checked my hardware. They said it works perfectly . Then I unplugged my modem thinking that this was the problem. I plugged the cable directly into my pc and had to use dial-up connection. Ok , i entered the user and pass , connected and after a few days of perfect connection i've decided to resume the download. After downloading another gb it crashed again . So out of frustration i took my pc to my friend and used his connection for the download . It worked perfectly . Now i am back home and guess what? After trying to download a large file it crashed again and now it won't even connect back. i. Have never seen something like this , it just collapses if it uses up more that 3-4 mb/s . Now the troubleshooter says the swme about the cable and the ip . My settings are to obtain an automatic ip ... My driver is fine , my cable is fine , wireless on laptop wor... Read more

A:Plug an ethernet cable into this computer ????

I would first try power cycling both the modem and router. unplug both and wait about a minute; then plug the modem back in first; and let that boot; then plug the router back in and let it boot. Also, check for a firmware upgrade for your router. If there is one; download and install it. Once that is done.I would go into the device manager in the control panel and uninstall any either net related connections and or devices. Any onboard network cards; uninstall them and let reboot and let windows hopefully detect it and reinstall the proper drivers, etc for it. Try any or all of these things and see if they help ya out any.

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Hi their first of all my computer spec:

I have a thermaltake supranoVB1000SWS case, Asus P5KC motherboard, windows 7 ultimate 64bit, Intel Quad core Q6600 CPU, 2GB corsair XMS DDR2 800mhz RAM, 1TB Samsung spinpoint hard-drive, DVD-drive

what it is, I bought my new case ( the thermaltake supranoVB1000SWS) a couple of weeks ago, so obviously I had to swap all my hardware into it from my older case.
Everything worked perfectly in my older case, its when I swapped everything to my new case that I started having problems with my DVD drive.
When I connect the IDE and power cable upto it, and switch my computer on their is no power getting to the drive, well no lights light up, flicker or do anything.
But once i turn my computer off and remove the IDE cable, but leave the power cable in, the DVD drive powers up, the draw opens and closes like normal, it only doesnt come on when the IDE cable is plugged in.

The DVD drive is set to master, this is IDE
My hard-drive is SATA so thats automatically goes to master.

The dvd drive is not detected in the BIOS ( revision 1203)

I have checked the IDE connector on the motherboard its-self and none of the pins or damaged or bent etc, I have even tried a new IDE cablr but the same happens.

Please can you help me thank you.

A:DVD drive not working when plug IDE cable into it.

arnie2009 said:

The DVD drive is set to master, this is IDE.Click to expand...

Had a similar problem moving an optical drive to the secondary IDE port on new computer a while ago. Had to change the jumper on the drive from Master to Cable Select (CS) to get it to work. It might be worth trying on your computer. You would need an IDE cable that supports CS with gray and black connectors for the drives.

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I plug in vga cable and nothing shows up. I've tested with a laptop and it work fine it showed up. So it's not the wire or the Monitor . It's the computer but idk what

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Hi all,

I have a Linksys Wireless router WRT54G, the instructions say to click the cable from the cable modem, into the Internet port on router. What if I don't have a cable modem and I want to click a cable from the data jack on the wall into the router? Do I still plug it in the Internet port or do I click it in one of the other ports? Thank you in advance for your help.


A:where to plug cable in wireless router?

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Can an expert out there tell me how to resolve this problem:

I plug in a LAN cable to my laptop but apparently Win 7 can't detect it. However it does detect the wireless connect and automatically connect to it.

Please help. I'm a noob when coming to Win 7 and Computer stuff.


By the way, I'm using a Linksys router. Please let me know if I need any other information to help resolve the problem. Thanks

A:Can't Detect LAN Wire Even After Plug in Cable

Are you certain that the driver for the LAN connection is installed?

Either Windows update or the manufacture of your laptop should have a driver for the LAN connection.

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I like my Phoenix 860st a lot, but I do have to move over a couple of data drives from my old system, so I need to plug in two more SATA cables. Unfortunately, there seems to be no way for a human being to actually reach the open SATA ports on the MB, mainly due to the HUGE mounting bracket for the Nvidia 970 card that is directly in front of the SATA ports. Does anyone know of a sophisticated gripping tool that could be used to work around all that metal to actually (1) grip and (2) push in the SATA cables?  I can sort-of wiggle the cables into more-or-less the right position but there seems to be no way to get any leverage at all (literally no room for fingers!) to push them into any of the open SATA slots.  Medical forceps maybe? Or Plan B, instructions to SAFELY detach and re-attach the video card bracket to reach the SATA ports?  Or Plan C, instructions to SAFELY detach and re-attach the top cover of the machine to reach the top of the MB where the SATA ports are located? TIA for any help or advice you can provide. Peter

A:Phoenix 860st - How to plug in new SATA cables?

 What is the complete product name or product number? I am unable to find any technical information on your PC as you have identified it.  Please take a digital photo so I can see what you are talking about. Nevermind. I found an image on Computershopper.http://www.computershopper.com/desktops/reviews/hp-envy-phoenix-860st Now I see exactly what you mean.   You will have to remove that top bracket in order to access the SATA ports. The image at computer shopper shows a couple of philips screws. That shouldn't be difficult. The function of the bracket appears to be a way of cleaning up the case cabling and wiring. 

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My motherboard doesn't have any PCI slots - only a PCI-E port, the one we normally plug graphics cards into.
That slot is free now - I use the built-in graphics. As you see, there are only two SATA connectors on this board, which is painfully few. So, I thought, maybe I could put a SATA card into that PCI-E plug so I would have 4 SATA ports then? (two onboard and two on the card)
That card is old, but still working fine, Silicone SATA RAID. Would I be able to use it for booting, or for a DVD drive? :O Maybe both? Is it like a traditional SATA Controller or are there any limitations compared to the onboard plugs? I never tried using it for either a DVD drive nor for a boot drive, only for secondary data disks. That did the job fine, though in a vanilla/standard PCI slot. Never tried putting it into a graphics card slot, but seems like that's my only option here.
Oh and the type is MSI AM1i if you want to look it up. I'll include a photo here. The PCI-e Graphicsport in question is on the bottom in the picture.

EDIT: Oh, looking at the picture.... There is a beeper on the top left, sticked to the bottom of one of the rear connector boxes. It is connected to the board, but it never sounds. I want it to make that beep on boot. (POST chime) How do I enable that? There doesn't seem to be a BIOS setting for that.

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A:Can I plug a PCI SATA Card into the PCI-E Graphics port

Physically, it will fit (the bottom slot is PCI-e, not PCI, btw). The problem is how many lanes will it support. I looked at the specs and they are ambiguous at best. You should be able to get a card to give you more SATA ports but you may not get full speed unless that slot has more than one lane. Also, make sure the card uses one lane per SATA port. There are a lot of cards that have two or more SATA ports but run off only one PCI-e lane (I'd like to shoot the eejits that design and sell those abominations). I doubt you will be able to boot off of a card (some cards allow it but require that the MOBO will support it, which they often do not).

Edit: I found the card on Newegg and their description is better than MSI's. The slot physically is x16 long but, electrically, it has only x4 lanes. That will support up to four more SATA ports as long as the card uses the same number of lanes.

This card may work for you. The most common negative review is on the difficulty of getting drivers to work. Read the reviews for tips on it. Also, you might get lucky and Win 7 will already have the driver you need (that was what happened when I installed my LSI 9211-8i).

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