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

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.
picture
-up normal
-down 1Tb missing

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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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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 want to connect a SATA HDD that crashed to the motherboard on my OptiPlex (with new SSD) to continue my odyssey to recover the HDDs data. What SATA cable do I use?

A:SATA to Motherboard Cable for Dell OptiPlex 960 MT

P704D which has right angle connection.
The cable below is not to scale its longer than the picture.
https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Dell-P704D-Straight-Following/dp/B005NB85BM
 

 

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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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Hi, I have exactly VN7-591G-70FN. On this image you can see hdd that is disconnect from same laptop as mine(Found on internet).I want to upgrade my hdd storage, but i have only 255 SSD in M2 slot. So I bought 2,5'' WD HDD (same like this), but I cannot find cable SATAIII to MB.(cable/connector on the image). Somebody know what kind of cable do I need ? Thanks for help.

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Hi, I offered my friend a hand to solve this strange problem with his serial ata port. It seems one of the Sata wont work properly, the hard drive has windows 8.1, with uefi bios available. The point is, after switching sata ports it boots from dvd by default, can I set to boot from hdd first,
? I tried a lot of times to set boot option #1 hdd
Boot option #2 to disabled but the system still boots from dvd, the next time I enter the bios appears by default dvd drive
I went to cd dvd boot option and set It to disable the drive
Then I went to hdd and set to default the hdd
I even disconnected and booted without the drive dvd
But there is not any changes. If I insert a boot capable disc into the drive, it boots from the dvd drive.
Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Hello, gigabyte motherboard after switching Sata cable would boot from dvd drive

Is the time and date correct?
 
This could be caused by one of these.
 
A connection problem between the motherboard and the hdd.
 
A problem with the operating system, like a problem with the MBR.  But you should receive an error message like boot device not found, or hdd not recognized.
 
A problem with the hdd.

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Yesterday I had a PC technician around to see why my PC was not booting-up properly and also to change my SSD to a larger SSD. As I am visually challenged I cannot do hardware upgrades etc, so I got a Techie guy in.

We used Zinstall HDD by-the-way and I would highly recommend this application for such a job plus, it is extremely fast.

Anyway, while he was diagnosing my boot-up issue he discovered I had a malfunctioning network card; while removing this, he noticed all the SATA settings were set to SATA 2.

When he reset these to SATA 3, the PC would not start-up! When he set them again to SATA 2 there was no problem and it worked fine?

Can anyone illuminate me on this please?

Thanks for any/all imput

A:SATA 3 not working on Asus P6X58D-E motherboard with SATA III support

Many people have had issues with the Marvell controller on that MB.
You may want to live with SATA 3g/s. Easiest path, no real difference except for benchmarks, and no chance of data loss.
But in case you're not satisfied with that, here's something to look at.

AHCI-mode on Marvell 9128 controller in Windows 7 Ultimate x64

and

[Solved] ASUS P6x58D-E, Win 7 (64) Marvell AT 91xx - Asus - Motherboards-Memory
A fellow name Jaquith seems to know what's up.

Bottom line is you need the right drivers.

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Even though the following is a question, I do welcome opinions on what the right answer is to my situation: I have an IDE type motherboard. The motherboard model number is SV266M (See http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813183009 [Date accessed: 02-28-2015 @ 7:37 PM]). I am not sure but I believe my motherboard was made in 2004. Is there a way I can connect a 1 Terabyte Sata Hard Drive to my SV266M motherboard? I have heard of a Sata Bridgeboard (SATA to IDE). I have not used one before. A matter of fact, I have only seen the Youtube Video below.
How to connect SATA devices in a PATA (IDE) only PC system
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwRClahcUCI
(Date accessed: 02-28-2015 @ 7:40 PM)

They even sell this bridgeboard (SATA to IDE) online.
Kingwin SATA to IDE Bridge Board ADP-06
http://www.amazon.com/Kingwin-SATA-Bridge-Board-ADP-06/dp/B002SZDOM6
(Date accessed: 02-28-2015 @ 7:45 PM)
The bridgeboard above above has a 3.7 out of 5 stars. However, I am not sure if this bridgeboard would be compatible with my motherboard. If there is a better bridge board (SATA to IDE) that you know of, please let me know. Do you think the Bridgeboard (SATA to IDE) would work with the SV266M motherboard?
 

A:Solved: Will Sata Bridgeboard (SATA to IDE) work on IDE Motherboard

They sometimes work and sometimes they don't. To make things worse your motherboard is really old and uses a VIA chipset which had a lot of compatibility issues.

You may want to look into a PCI SATA Controller card instead if you need to use this dinosaur: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=100007863 600022728
 

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I wanted to know if there is a way to connect a SATA hardrive to an older motherboard that has no SATA connection
 

A:Adapter to connect SATA HD to motherboard with no SATA connection?

You can always use one of these PCI SATA adapter cards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...ESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=pci+sata

A computer as old as you're describing will likely have an old type standard PCI slot, and NOT a PCI-E (PCI express). be certain to verify which slot you have, before you make a purchase. These are two entirely different interfaces, which are not interchangeable.
 

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Can a loose HD SATA cable cause the HD, and Windows to boot/load/run slow?

I thought I heard that a loose SATA cable can make the HD not "spin up" on boot, thus giving you a "no boot disk" error?

A slow spinning hard drive would also affect the accessing of programs as well?

What other problems can a loose SATA cable create?

Scott
 

A:SATA cable problem?

SATA cables have to be firmly in place or you are going to have issues many of which you have listed. A SATA cable can be bad in itself causing a system to report issues with your hard drive when the hard drive is not the issue.

I just helped someone recently in the BSOD forum who was having all kinds of issues with his hard drive including Blue Screens of Death. I had him swap out his SATA cable and the issues ceased.
 

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We have an old internal hard disk which has come out of an old system from which we would now like to read the data.

We purchased a usb 2 to sata / ide cable and we believe the connections have been made correctly. You can hear the hard disk running OK but My Computer does not recognise it and will not provide it with a different Letter which means we cannot read it.

The hardware connection box comes up to tell us the correct disk is recognised and it appears in Control Panel / Hardware / Disks without any yellow question marks.... We checked the Properties and all appears to be correct.

Can some kind soul give us some idea what we may be doing wrong please? Many thanks
 

A:Problem with Dynamode USB 2 to Sata / Ide Cable

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I have an old Hard Drive that I backed up a lot of my music on but when I plug the converter cable from the Hard Drive into my laptop (I only want to transfer my files from the Hard Drive to my laptop) I hear the noise windows makes when it recognises something but the Hard Drive doesnt show up in My Computer (its a seagate 320 gig HD). Does anyone know how to fix this?.

A:USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Converter cable problem

Try assigning a drive letter to the seagate so windows 7 can recognize it. IMHO

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Hey guys,

i have a motherboard problem with my sata device, i have onboard sata but im not sure how to use it as theres no prongs or watever is need to use, theres a picture attached of the area where my sata is, the barcode looking sticker is where the second sata is.

the IDE3 and IDE4 is what is written next to the 2 sata devices

Thanks RuBBeRduCky
 

A:Motherboard SATA Problem

hook up one end of your sata cable to the hard drive, and the other to a sata port on your motherboard. don't forget to connect your power to the drive though. if the bios still can't find a drive, with a powered one attached, you have yourself a hardware problem.
 

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Hi,

Finally got this one solved but I am at a loss as to understand why and what happened.

Dell p4 2.8HZ, 3GB RAM with two WD SATA hard drives 160GB & 200GB, these replaced Maxtor drives.

THe first hard drive was my primary C: drive. The second larger drive was just used for DATA storage, images and backups.

The main C: drive was showing an odd error.

In Partition Magic 7, the drive was showing a BAD dile system with no data on it.

The drive was as far as I could tell working normally.

To clear the error. Western Digital advised zero writing the problem drive.

With a Ghost Image on a completely separate hard drive, this was not going to be a problem I thought.

Swapped SATA cables on motherboard and rebooted.

Everything came up normally.

So I then zero wrote my original hard drive which was now of course Drive 2.

Drive 1 could not be selected.

So all my data was safe.

Ran the zero write utility from Western Digital diagnostics. Drive 2, my old C: drive, took an hour or so.

System asked for a reboot which wasn't unexpected.

On reboot, that was where my troubles began.

System was dead, couldn't get any drive to show up. No boot. UGH.

I was able to get the system to boot using one of the two Maxtor drives I had removed over concerns due to their long term reliability.

Been swapping SATA cables and hard drives all week.

Fiinally found the primary SATA port was now switched OFF in BIOS. I got on line and found this on a post in the Dell forums.

... Read more

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Hi, I just got a GA-M750SLI-DS4 motherboard and im running 2 seagate 7200.11 harddrives on it in raid 0, and that works fine.

When I attach another harddrive (seagate 7200.10), just to run as a normal storage drive, it shows up as raid 5 with error when the coms booting.

It seems that all the sata ports get set to raid, when raid is enabled.

Anyone know what I should do?
 

A:Sata harddrive problem with GA-M750SLI-DS4 motherboard

If the BIOS based raid manager or one supplied by Gigabyte won't let you define the array, your stuck.
 

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I bought a sata3 ssd instead of a sata ssd- didn't read the package correctly. I've already cloned the sata3 drive. Is there a cable/adapter available that I can adapt the sata wiring to the sata3 drive? It's going into a Dell 545 desktop. Thanks.

Mark

A:sata to sata 3 cable

If I am mistaken someone can correct me.

Sata 3 has a faster transmission engine. But the wiring on the connectors stay the same. The difference in the cables is sata three is has a much lower resistance which permits the faster signal transfer.
Pinout: Serial ATA (SATA) pinout diagram @ pinoutsguide.com

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Hey, I got a new case today and it has an eSATA port on the front, the cable it is connected to is...

NEW 20 inch - Serial ATA SATA I II Red 7-Pin 7PIN Data Cable ? Copartner ? AWM 21149 ? 26AWG ? E119932 ? 80?C ? 30V ? VW-1 [YOULIKE-YOUBUY a division of LifeBeforeLandfill.com & GuitarSushi.com]

I was wondering if this cable was a SATA 2 or 3 'cause I like to put things in the right ports on my motherboard (3GB SATA or 6GB SATA slot), I know a 6GB will work in a 3GB and vice versa but I like to get it right

A:Is this a SATA 2 or SATA 3 cable?

Sata II

Makes no difference though.

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My Box config

AMD athlon 64bit 2800+

ASUS K8-VX Mother board

want to upgrade to 500 gigs or if possible to 1tb Sata HDD

Problem is
1) Mother board is old done almost 3 years
2) I don't know what version of SATA will be supported
Please advise

Thanks in advance for your answers

Regards
 

A:Need to upgrade to SATA Not sure if it is sata or sata II which my mobo supports

http://www.asus.com/search.aspx?searchitem=1&searchkey=k8v-x

I don't know why, but everytime I go to asus, they're hving site maintenance
Anyway see if you can click on Specifications there
 

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I'm thinking of buying the,

Corsair Force Series 3 90GB SATA 3 6Gb/s Solid-State-Drive.

Force Series

Info "" Corsair Force Series 3 is Compatible with SATA 2 3Gb/s.
Haven't yet moved to SATA 3? Like all Corsair components, Force Series 3 SSDs are designed to last through several system upgrades. Adding a Force Series 3 today means that you'll still get incredible storage performance now, and your SSD will be ready for your next upgrade.""

Well,is future proof.

My GA-X38-DS4 motherboard is Sata 2.

Here we have some good experts in SSD installation.

So,i need your opinion\advice. Good idea? Bad idea?

A:Sata 3 ssd on Sata 2 Motherboard.

It should work just fine on a SATA2 port, but it will be limited to SATA2 speeds.

For example, youll Probably see Seq. Reads in the 250-275ish range.
To take advantage of the speed its capable of, youll just have to upgrade to a Motherboard with a SATA3 port.

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When I connect a 2nd SATA disk to a DELL Dimension, it's recognised by the BIOS but not by Windows (nor Partition Magic, nor AIDA).

What I find odd is that I can see only 2 SATA plugs on the motherboard. However, the BIOS sees the original boot disk under Drive 0 and Port SATA-0. The new one is recognised as Drive 1 and Port SATA-2. What happened to SATA-1?

I wouldn't mind except that this might be a reason why the new disk is not seen by Windows.
 

A:SATA-0 / SATA-2 Disk problem

Hmmm... Since Sata is set as shared... it will not required to set jumper. Put the SATA 0 as OS, try boot it up. if it works, plug in SATA 1. If it works. here u go. if not, it is bios problem. you should set it as Enchanced or SATA only under BIOS. If it has auto, use it.
 

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Please help.
I've been getting this message for about a month. However, after rebooting sometimes once, sometimes several times the computer eventually boots up. After reading multiple posts on similar issues, I went and got a new hard drive. I backed up all the files and was going to reinstall evertyhing from scratch onto this new hard drive. I took the old one out and put in the new one. I get the same message when it tries to boot.
At this point I swapped the drives again (the old one is back in).
I am at a loss.
Am I doing something wrong when I'm installing the new drive? Why am I getting the same message with this new drive?
System specs:
Inspiron 531
Vista
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5600+ 2.81 GHz
2GB RAM

Thank you.
 

A:no boot device available sata 0: installed sata 1: installed sata 2: none sata 3: non

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Hello. I want an installed SSD, but the version of SATA is unknown. On the manufacturer's website there is no evidence of SATA bus. What's in this notebook Sata Sata 2 or Sata3?

A:installation SSD What's in this notebook Sata Sata 2 or Sata...

HI. Your computer comes out as SATA ... We can say that the generation of the equipment is SATA 3, being compatible on SATA 1,2,3. http://pcpartpicker.com/products/compare/MVWrxr,3kL7YJ/ Regards.

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Anyone know where I can get a second HDD Sata Cable from? Have tried searching online!!  None available. 

A:2nd HDD Sata Cable

Normally I would say look at www.newmodeus.com but I just found their website down.  This is the right cable on eBay delivered from China.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-Envy-15-J-17-J-Hard-Drive-Disk-HDD-SATA-Connector-Cable-6017B0421501-Long... You still need the rubber rails to add a second hard drive. 

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One of our laptops has a corruption issue. I will have to order the recovery CD, but in the meantime I really need some of the files off of it. I have a USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Cable that I have used in the past to retrieve files from bad hard drives. I am encountering a problem this time that I did not have before. Every file I try says I do not have permission. I know the difference is the previous ones were not password protected and this one is. I do have the password as it is my computer. I have tried different file sharing and permissions options with no luck. I cannot locate a place to enter the password so it knows I have permission. When I have used this in the past I was able to get a screen that was just like looking at the desktop of the other computer and that is not showing either. I really need help figuring out how to let the computer/files know that it is ME. I don't want to mess it up so that once I restore the corrupt file I can't access anything either. Thanks
 

A:Using USB to Sata Ide Cable

Not sure what windows version you have
have a read here applies to XP and also Vista

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421
 

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Iím installing a Western Digital SATA hard drive and the instructions say the cable has a large end and a small end. On the SATA cables I have both ends are the same size. Do I need a special cable for Western Digital drives?
 

A:SATA Cable Help

hmm I don't know, I thought both ends were the same on a SATA cable.
Are both ends completely identical? If so do they both fit into the hard drive and the mother board? I don't think it should matter which end goes where.
 

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Hi
I have purchased the above cable from ebay and the instructions have been followed as they directed to plug and hence play ? i carried this out to no avail and then procede to add hard etc but to no avail , i have no visual in my computer but a ide drive does show up in device manager but still will not update driver etc to make usable , i have unistalled etc ! still no good , i have tried it with the sata connection and then nothing not even in device manager ?, i looked in the bios settings nothing for any of the drives when connected ? any ideas guys !! would be very grateful

gringo !!

A:usb 2.0 to sata/ide cable

Do you have the link to the one you bought on eBay? I have received bad adapters when I was going cheap.

Also, does this one include a separate power cord for it? If this is a desktop drive, you absolutely need to power it with the included power brick. You can sometimes get away with not using it on a laptop drive, if you are using a powered USB port.

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I want to install a new SSD-drive in the second bay.As shown in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kZ4irwlyEY I need a connection cable.Which one do I need and where can I get it? 

A:Sata cable

Gerard,Manual: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c01918142Specs: http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-Pavilion-dv7-Entertainment-Notebook-PC-series/3837623/model/3...Your laptop came with two 2.5 inch 9.5mm SATA drives: 500GB (250GB, ◊ 2) from factory in the 2 HDD bays.Page 59-60.So you could just� take out HDD (spinning drive) from primary bay and put in 2.5 inch SATA SSD, making it boot drive - giving huge overall performance boost. This is the best option. Putting SSD in secondary bay as storage alone is not a good idea.If you're still wanting HDD bracket kit, here it is:Hard Drive Hardware Kit : 480457-001�RegardsVisruth

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I have a hp pavilion DV7 (4180eb).
It has a SATA 3 slot for 1 HDD but it's no regular sata cable and power cable: it's integrated in one cable.

Has each laptop a specific sata cable?

A:sata cable

Most laptops don't use a SATA cable at all. They just have a SATA connector that the drive snaps into. They're usually an all in one connector, not separate power/data cables.

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I'm stuck in bios screen and my computer can't detect my internal hard drive. (Can I just buy a sata cable to fix my problem?)
 

A:Sata Cable?

If that is in fact the problem, then yes. In order to find the cause of your problem, you need to test in a systematic manner.
First reseat both data and pw connectors on the drive. If that does not work, try another cable. If that does not work, test your hard drive in a working system or bench system.
 

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I have recently purchased a SSD which supports sata 3. My motherboard also supports sata 3. But I can't find any sata 3 cable in the shop. So I want to know whether sata2 cable will be fine for my SSD or not. I mean, will i get the full speed of SSD or it will be slowed down due to sata 2 cable? Thanks

A:Do I need SATA 3 cable

  
Quote: Originally Posted by skanungo


I have recently purchased a SSD which supports sata 3. My motherboard also supports sata 3. But I can't find any sata 3 cable in the shop. So I want to know whether sata2 cable will be fine for my SSD or not. I mean, will i get the full speed of SSD or it will be slowed down due to sata 2 cable? Thanks


Hi skanungo,

YES, SATA 2 & SATA 3 differ in data transfer speeds, SATA 3 is at 6GB/s whereas SATA 2 is at 3GB/s but this is only dependant of your hardware, NOT the cable. Therefore it should be completely fine to use a SATA 2 cable between 2x SATA 3 Devices. SATA 2 cables can handle 6GB/s speeds.

If it is bothering you that much take a look on Amazon: Amazon.in: SATA 3 cable

Let me know how it goes,

MistUnleashed

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I'm trying to take all my files off my laptop HD and put them on my desktop seeing as I crushed my laptop.
I am using a USB 2.0 to IDE and SATA connector.
When I plug in the connector the comp recognizes my USB but it doesn't show up in my comp as specific hardware.
I use windows xp pro. If anyone can help me access these files itd be greatly appreciated

Thank you
 

A:USB 2.0 to IDE & Sata cable help

I am not sure what happened to your laptop, but if you ran over it with a car or truck it may have damaged the hard drive too. Any physical damage?

Can you hear it spin? If you cannott hear it spin, does it feel like it is spinning? If you hold a spinning hard drive in your hand and move it, do you feel 'resistance' to movement as you would with a spinning gyro? (Most people are unable to detect this though).

Also go into the laptop BIOS setup to see if the drive is seen there.
 

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Ok .. so you can use a SATA hard drive hooked up with a IDE cable. Is there some sort of convertor or do you still use a IDE connector on the other end and plug it into your primary or secondary IDE connectors?

The reson I'm asking is I have a IDE swap drive enclosure and am wondering if I can use it with a SATA hard drive and have it be hot swapable?

Thanks
 

A:SATA With IDE Cable

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I bought one of these today off eBay but then noticed the description says not comparable with vista and windows 7. But surely windows 7 should just find it on its own? Please let me know ASAP as I'm worrying I bought wrong one.
Thanks kent.

A:Sata/IDE to USB cable

I never heard of cables being differentiated by operating system.

Does it work for your intended purpose? I'm guessing you are using it to transfer data between drives?

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What are some symptoms of a faulty HDD to motherboard cable? I'm pretty sure it's called a SATA cable, but I have limited experience with them. I have an HGST disk drive, 1 TB, and I posted about my issue a few months ago.

Basically, data on the drive seems to be slow. When I watch a movie or play music, it pauses intermittently and needs to catch up. I've come to the conclusion that it's not an issue with the drive itself. Unless I received two faulty drives in a row, which is very unlikely, I'm thinking it has something to do with the SATA cable. My laptop, the MSI GT80S Titan, doesn't have a standard connector between the HDD and motherboard, so it needs the SATA cable.

My question is if the cable can cause data issues like this. I've contacted MSI about purchasing a replacement cable and hopefully I'll be able to. I've checked on Amazon and I can't seem to find one that'll match the socket on the motherboard.

If it's not the cable, then I have no clue why it's doing this. I'll post specs just because.

CPU: Intel i7-6920HQ @ 2.90 GHz
GPU: x2 Nvidia GTX 980 in SLI
RAM: 4x Kingston 8GB (total of 32GB)
Storage: HGST HTS721010A9E630 (1TB) and SanDisk SD8SN8U512G1122 (512 GB)
 

A:Symptoms of bad HDD SATA cable?

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Hi,

Have about given up with my Seagate external HD (FreeAgent), but saw a post where the poster
mentioned that the drive (his) was apparently mechanically fine and that it turned out to be the electronics inside the HD case.
(My Free Agent External HD has a separate power wart, and a dc power input, as well as the USB output)

He was able to recover his files by opening the case and using a SATA to USB to go directly from the Drive to his desktop PC, and bypassing the FreeAgents case electronics. The PC apparently recognized the HD without any problem.

Sure sound like it is worth a try.

Will have to purchase the appropriate cables.

Question: they seem to come in different "flavors". Some cables have just the SATA drive connector to USB, and have a statement that the drive would be powered by the power thru the USB.

Is this doable, and the right approach for me probably ?
How would the Drive "know" to use the single USB-Data cable for power, and not the normal dc power input ?
A jumper somewhere ?

Or, some others (on Overstock, e.g.) seem to come with a power supply and a cable for the output to go to the drive, as well as a data cable. Does this make more sense, particularly since my HD uses an external dc power supply ?

Or,...?

Thanks,
Bob

A:SATA HD To USB Cable (External HD To PC)

I got this one a while back to recover a friends IDE drive. It does IDE, Sata 1 Sata 2 and has power brick for both types of drives. Since I needed an adapter I went with one to cover all types of drives.

Newegg.com - Rosewill RCW-618 USB to IDE/SATA Adapter Supports Windows 7

Jim

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I am baffled at the fact that I can not, for the life of me, find anyone who sells or even produces a Y data cable for SATA HDs. I recently bought a new computer and I want to create a Master and Slave scenario with two different HDs so that I can throw Vista on one and XP on the other... just to keep the children from fighting in the back seat Does anyone know where I could find one? I've looked at all of my local retailers as well as just googled it... nothing. Everyone has the Y power cable, but no Y data cable... I would kind of expect this cable to be in existance like it does for IDE hard drives... meh.
 

A:Two SATA HDs - Y Data Cable

Uh, I've personally never seen one - why would you need it? Most motherboards come with plenty of SATA ports.
 

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Hi i have a machine an acer aspire x3450 specs in the pic

now i have a 2tb external but i want to fit the drive inside my machine but i only have 2 sata sockets 1 has the dvd drive in it the other the main drive.

i took the dvd out and connected the external to it and it worked but that means no dvd drive.

so the question is

can i fit a sata splitter cable and connect both harddrives to it like you can if it was ide ?

i know you can buy the splitter cable but i seem to find alot of posts saying that you can only connect 1 sata item to a sata cable ?

any one tried this or have more than 1 item connected to a sata cable and works ?

A:sata splitter cable

I assume that you mean a splitter for the data cables, which I'm not aware of anything like that. Do you have a spare PCI slot to add a SATA controller?

EDIT: When I Googled for a SATA splitter, all that came up was a splitter for power, not data.

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Ok, so i'm upgrading my drive to a 500gb, my motherboard is fully sata compatible, but the plan i have is to take a 60gb hard drive and use it as the primary drive then use the 500gb as a secondary, but have all the files on it so they doing get lost in some kind of corruption of the primary, but the 60gb doesn't have a sata port, my motherboard also supports that its just can i have the primary drive not on a sata cable and then the secondary on the sata cable? or will that cause conflict
 

A:sata cable compatability

You can use the IDE drive as primary master and have the SATA as a secondary.
You just want to make sure the IDE drive is set to first boot device in the BIOS
setup,so the computer boots the operating system from it.
Shouldn't be any conflicts.
 

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 Does anyone know of a source for this short SATA/power cable assembly used in the N4630G?  Or the Acer Part Number?  Apparently the current models have the SSD built onto the mainboard, but there's an empty 2.5" drive bay bracket and open SATA/power connectors.  This one comes with 128GB onboard, but I'd like to try installing a larger SSD.  Any experience doing that with the N4630G?

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I was wondering if they made some shorter HDD Sata cables. Something along the lines of 4-8". The standard ones that came with the my mobo are just fine, but it'd be nicer if I could get my hands on some shorter ones for cable management.

Thanks in advance.
 

A:Sata Cable Length?

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Say i buy a computer addon, like a CD Drive. It says the interface is "SATA"

My mother board has a SATA 3Gb/s and a PATA, and SATA RAID

Would the CD Drive, being only listed as a SATA interface, be able to hookup on the SATA 3Gb/s???
 

A:SATA Cable variety

Depends on the computer and the motherboard. Usually, computer mother boards as you describe use SATA hard drives, and EIDE ribbon cable CD-ROM/CD-RW/DVD-RW drives which work just as well. The additional speed of SATA doesn't really show up in a SATA optical drive until you get into the Blue drives.
 

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I opened the case to my Dell XPS 8900 and inside were two blue Sata Cables. One cable was connected. The Other SATA Cable was connected to a SATA Port to the right of the Memory slots. The other side was hanging loose in the case. 
The first Blue SATAable comes from the front of the case near the hard drive to the bottom of the mother board into the Front USB 3.0 connector. The other blue cable that you can see next to the memory is not connected to anything.
Here's the blue cable that goes no where. Should this be connected to one of the SATA connection on the mother board?

It just seems strange to have a SATA Cable connected to the Mother Board and going no where?
Lux

A:Unconnected SATA Cable

Doubtful a SATA cable connects to a USB header on the motherboard.
There is a blue SATA port on the motherboard, right below the blue USB header. Cable from the blue SATA port should be connected to the boot drive. So you probably mis-IDed that blue motherboard connector.  Manual with board layout here:
downloads.dell.com/.../xps-8900-desktop_service manual_en-us.pdf
How many hard drives do you have? The SATA port near the memory slots should probably connect to either an optical driver or to a second hard drive.

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I am going to buy some Sata Data Cables. The ad I saw said "Straight to 90 degree left". I had not thought about the direction in the past. I held up a cable and I guess it depends which way you are holding it as to if it is left or right. What is the normal cable, left or right?

A:Sata Cable Question

The nomenclature is rather weird, they should have been called "up" and "down."

If the drive is sitting on a table, right-side-up, and you're looking at the connector end, then:


Left = Cable goes up

Right = Cable goes down



citation: Tom's Hardware and looking at several pictures from a Google search

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The sata cable that I ordered doesn't plug into my hard drive very well. Just little force can unplug it from the drive.

I ordered this cable:

Newegg.com - Rosewill 18" Serial ATA II cable with metal latch, Model RC-18"-SA2-90-BK, Black - Cables

It doesn't like this drive:

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Any tips to keeping the cable plugged in?

A:Loose Sata Cable

Hello Nikolay,

Strange, I suppose good old vinyl electrical tape should be able to hold in place on the drive until you can find a cable that connects better.

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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..........
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Molex-Power-SATA-Power-Adapter-Convert-ATX-SATA-/380314122123?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item588c7cf78b
 

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Hi, i want to add an HDD to my laptop because the 256gb are nothing to me, and i know that my laptop has the space where the HDD is supposed to be, but it doesnt comes with the Sata Cable to connect the HDD.  Does this sata cable match my laptop ? (  DD0U86CD030 ) or anyone know the model of the one the AK 15 000 uses ? Pictures of the Sata Cable I need: http://imgur.com/a/RzsYa

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