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SATA / Molex Power and data cable hard drive question

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

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.

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

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Has anyone else here ever had problems pulling out a molex y cable, it seems completely jammed!

Also, I want to connect an x800 pro with a 350w power supply, I currently use two molex y cables one that directs some power to the two hard drives and the other going to the graphics card which is currently a 9800 pro, anyone think I might have a problem with that?

Thanks a lot.

A:x800 power supply question + stuck molex y cable!

ah finally got the damn molex y cable out. Anyone any ideas about the power supply yet? Thanks.

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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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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 a sata plug and a molex connector on my hard drive (western Digital 320) can i use the sata plug to the mobo, and the molex power connector, or do u have to use a sata plug and a sata power plug?

A:Solved: Hard drive sata and molex

You can use either power connector to run the SATA

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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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I am fixing a Dell 5100 desktop with a SATA hd and have an extra SATA connector in the frame. I want to use her old hd as a slave or secondary drive, but it is a molex connector...how can I hook it up?

A:Solved: Question about using a old molex hd as a slave drive in a SATA connector syst

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I just got some new SATA data cables. They have the lock on them which my old ones didn't.
I put them on and I could still grab the sides of the cable and pull them off the drive. Should they lock and not come off unless I loosen the lock? Thanks,
Coboc Model SC-SATA3-10-LL-BL-90 - Newegg.com

A:SATA Data Cable Question

Hi there .. They are just Locking latches which means you can open them to use straight ..

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What are the pros and cons of using the standard Molex power connectors vs the newer SATA power connectors on hard drives?

A:SATA Power vs 4 Pin Molex

dking63 said:

What are the pros and cons of using the standard Molex power connectors vs the newer SATA power connectors on hard drives?Click to expand...

I know of no pro's or cons other than only use one, they both work
I think the reason behind the drives having both at the moment is so they can be used in older pc's.
In time I believe the drives will only have sata power connectors

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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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Buying a new power supply - the molex to sata connectors - how can I tell if I need the splitter?


On a stock power supply, is the output for a molex typically the same as for sata?
Would a splitter not reduce the output?

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I made a service call today to set up a new Dell workstation. It had no PATA drives, only SATA, and no 4-pin molex connectors on the power supply. We need to connect his 500-Gigabyte PATA (aka old IDE) disk. I have already installed an IDE (PATA) controller.

I cannot find a power adapter that will take me from the new SATA power supply to a 4-pin molex.

Anyone know where I might find one?

A:Need power adapter from SATA to 4-pin molex

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Does anyone know of a right angled 4 power molex power cable because i need it to plug in my Gigabyte X58-UD9 motherboard for extra power to handle crossfire graphics but its on the side right against the power supply and the gap is too small to plug in a normal molex cable

A:Need a right-angled 4 power molex cable

Do you know how I know you didn't try google with your topic?

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I have a Old Hard drive from my computer it runs on windows xp but i think i upgraded it to vista. I removed my 200 gig old harddrive from my machine and then installed it to my new one i havent used it yet because i need to buy a molex to sata power connector but will it still work or will win 7 (or bios setup) reject it ?

A:molex to sata power connector but will it still work or will win 7

i have moved you post to its own thread
Please do not "hijack" other threads - it gets confusing with answers

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Hi,I have a customer with the above machine. We need to upgrade the machine with a standard, additional 2.5" SATA ssd. We have found the SATA port on the motherboard, which is fine and dandy. But we need power for the drive.I do not have physical access to the machine, so I have to tell the techican what to do. She implies that there is no additional free cables, but I doubt that. Why would there be an extra SATA port, if nothing to power it?Basically, I need to know, does the machine have additional, unused cables coming from the PSU, that we can use to power an SSD? Either standard sata power or molex or something. Full product info:Lenovo ThinkCentre M710Q (10MR000XMT) Thank you very much in advance, really appreciate it!!   

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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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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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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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Don't have many of the specifics of the computer with me. Generally speaking, I have an older (circa 2006), but still pretty darned capable, Gateway FX Desktop. It's running Win7 on a SATA 2. Want to buy a new drive to dual boot with Win8. In general, are the SATA 3 drives backwards compatible with a mobo supporting no more than the SATA 2 data rate, etc? I think he answer is yes, but just checking. Would I need a different cable? I doubt you can even find much in the way of new (not refurbished) SATA 2 drives these days. I have found quite a few refurbished--e.g. this one. I will need very little storage. Don't want an SSD.

A:Older Computer: SATA Drive/Cable Question


Western Digital SATA III Desktop Drives are backwards compatible with SATA II Motherboards only with a jumper is set on pins 5 & 6.

You can check the JUMPER setting here:
WD Support / Installation / SATA & SAS / WD Blue / SE / SE16 (SATA II)

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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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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 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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Tried yesterday with an SATA adapter (unpowered) and my Yoga 920 would ding that something was plugged in, but wouldn't show it in File Explorer.Traded the unpowered drive for a powered one and the same result, a ding but nothing shows up. Is there something else that I can do? Thanks in advance

A:Can I remove the hard drive from my Yoga 2 Pro and plug it into an SATA drive and transfer the data?

I am confused.  You are talking about an mSATA -> USB adapter?  mSATA-> 2280 SSD?  What is a powered mSATA adapter?

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This is my first post on here, so please be gentle!

I am using Win XP Pro and have a couple of 2.5" SATA laptop hard drives that I need to get the data off. I am connecting the drives via an external USB adapter and can see the hard drives (connecting them one at a time) in the device manager and in disk management. However, wheras I can access my "C" drive from disk management, I cannot access the new drive - all the icons are blank.

I'm really stumped as I've never had this problem on an IDE hard drive

Any help would really, really be appreciated - I have looked for answers on this forum for Viruses, etc. and its always been 100% accurate and helpful


(one confused computer user)!

A:Data Recovery From A Sata Hard Drive

Try assigning a letter to the drive.Right-click the drive and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click Add. Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, and then either accept the default drive letter or click the drive letter that you want to use. Click OK.How to change drive letter assignments in Windows XP

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Hi there

I have been trying to help some friends who had problems with their old hard drive (running Windows XP pro). They could not boot from their hard drive - the system was stuck in some kind of loop. I managed to get it to stop on a blue screen which indicated that some files may be damaged/corrupted. I tried to repair/restore but to no avail.

They have agreed that their system needs to be upgraded, but they would like to recover the data on the old disk if possible. I have purchased an enclosure - plugged in the disk drive. I have connected to a PC running Windows 7 Home Premium. Although the drive is recognised, the system cannot read it. It wants to format the drive (which I have not done!)

The hard drive is Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (part # 9EU142-310). I do not have any jumper - do I need one to set the drive as a slave? Also is it an issue that I am using a Windows 7 OS rather than the same as the original OS.

The enclosure is IT-CEO IT735 USB 2.0 external hard drive enclosure.

I have gone beyond the limit of my expertise - I would be very grateful for any help.

Many thanks


A:Recovering data from a SATA hard drive

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Hey my ps3 recently buggered itself and before sending it in to get fixed / formatted i want to retrieve the data on the sata hard drive. When i connected it to computer and activated through computer management, it asks me to format that hard drive ... erasing the information is there a way to access it without purchasing a plug n play external HD case?

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I'm not too familiar with SATA HDD's and I don't have this problem (a friend of mine does). He has this SATA HDD that he has used from his previous PC for awhile. He built a brand new one. So he figured he could use the same HDD from his previous PC with the new PC that he built.

The problem is, he realized that he can't use the HDD from his previous PC. Now he wants to know how he can extract the data from the hard drive? He has a brand new SATA HDD with Windows XP on it (I believe its XP), is it the same concept as an IDE hard drive? Make the Primary hard drive "master" and the secondary hard drive as "slave" by placing the jumpers in the correct pins? Since SATA don't have the pins, is it configured through the BIOS?

That way he can transfer whatever he has from the old hard drive to the new.

A:SATA Hard Drive: How to extract data from it?

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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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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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Trying to recover some files from bad hard drive using usb to sata hard drive enclosure
submitted 2 minutes ago by mdwilson82
I have an Asus K55a. I had a Hitachi 750gb hard drive that failed on me. I went out and bought a new samsung ssd 250gb hard drive and replace. Computer is up and running on Windows 7. My computer has 8gb of ram. I have an 1TB external hard drive. I had most files back up with the exception of a very important pro tools session i was working on right before the crash. I need to recover it.
Before buying a new drive i downloaded ubuntu live cd on a different computer and used it to boot up computer. I recognized my hard drive but wouldn't let me "mount" to it. It also said my hard drive health as : "will fail soon" or something like that. Also, showed that I had tons of bad blocks or sectors, somewhere near 20,000.
I went out and bought a usb to sata hard drive enclosure. I put old drive in and plugged it into computer with my new drive in it. In "my computer" it shows the old drive as drive "e". And in bios, the hitachi is recognized. The problem is when I click on the drive it tries opening or loading for several minutes and then eventually says "E: is not accessible, parameter is incorrect". It then also freezes my computer and makes me hard shutdown.
I downloaded ontrack easy recovery but it says I need a drive large enough to fit all the data on old drive. I can use my external but I have import... Read more

A:Trying to recover some data from bad hard drive using usb to sata enclosure

With that amount of problems
Also, showed that I had tons of bad blocks or sectors, somewhere near 20,000.Click to expand...

recovery of anything is unlikely
see if you can access it from a cmd prompt with admin rights, change the prompt to E:
then if that does show type
see if it will show the data

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One of my computers is configured with four SATA (non-RAID) drives. (I've used this setup for about a year). The other day, I noticed that one of the drives (main backup) was missing all of its data. The drive still shows up in Disk Management as (D:"healthy') as well as in Windows Explorer. However, a right-click "Properties\Local Disk PropertIes" check, shows the drive as having zero bytes; an indication that there is no data on it. Additionally, a direct click on the drive letter initiates "The disk in drive D: is not formatted", etc. This has caught me completely by surprise, as the drive showed no early warning signs of impending failure at all. (BTW, the drive is a WD 640MB). Could it be that the data on the drive is now kaput?

I hesitate to deploy some of the many software data-recovery methods I currently have, because of creating irreversible data-lost condition. (Experience tells me that I may be screwed already). [choke]

If anyone has experienced this problem or know of a possible solution, please feel free to chime in. Thanks.

A:Solved: Internal SATA Hard Drive Data Has Vanished!

Sudden death of a drive is not an impossible thought, and would be my first bet. Sounds like the file system got the first bit of damage, as it's not a case of slowly deteriorating to a corrupted, useless state... In other words, it's not completely dead, but what's dead in it makes all the other healthy parts useless.
Just my thoughts, can't know for sure...

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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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I am wondering if I can access files on a SATA or IDE hard drive installed in a desktop computer with no other hard drive installed. Meaning, the drive I am trying to access isn't configured with drivers for the desktop's other hardware or motherboard. There is no other drive installed in the desktop. I was wanting to know if I could use a boot CD (Hiren's or Linux) to use as way to access files, pics, etc. and transfer it to a usb flash drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Can I access data from a SATA or IDE hard drive on a system it's not configur

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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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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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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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Hello guys,

I have an old motherboard that only supports SATA 1.5 Gigabit hard drive. I was wondering if I buy a SATA 3.0 Gigabit hard drive and plug it into my computer. Will it work? Will there be any problems with the transfer rate ( outside of being slower, obviously) or the health of the hard drive or motherboard?

Thank you.

A:Question about SATA hard drive

It won't make and difference, sata drives are backwards compatible.
If you but a sata 2/ 3.0 drive it will run at half speed on your machine
You will find some sata drives have jumpers to set the transfer rate

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I am replacing my motherboard and just got it installed... I have 2 hard drives that are mirrored. I just plugged them into SATA1 and SATA2 on the motherboard, and the computer will not boot. In the BIOS, it sees the drives, but I am not sure what is wrong. I get the option of starting Windows in Safe mode or normal mode, which when I choose either, it just reboots again and starts over. Any help would be so greatly appreciated!! : )

A:SATA Hard Drive Question

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I didn't know where to put this, so I put it in General Discussion. Feel free to move it if there's a more appropriate place for it.

I'm looking for a new secondary hard drive for my 4 year old desktop. I want to get another year or so out of it and need more space for storage, so I figured I would get a good drive now and then move it to the next machine when I build it. Is SATA the right way to go? My motherboard has two Serial ATA connectors so I should be good to go, right? My master drive is IDE. Can the two live together in harmony?

Additionally, I have a 1TB MyBook that I would like to connect SATA for backup puropses. Is there some type of jack to connect one of the internal connectors to an external device?

Thanks for any help you can provide.


A:SATA hard drive question

Sata & IDE drive will live together fine. If your ext HDD has an esata connector then you could get a esata i/o port that runs off one of your sata connectors on the mobo. Otherwise your stuck with usb to connect the external.

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I have a new/used computer ( the specs are under the forum system button) It came with a new Sata 111 hard drive... I believe the connecters on the motherboard are Sata 11... I have Sata 11 hard drives from the computer that died on me...

A:Sata Hard Drive Question

What is your question?

As for the SATA HDD's .... there are 3 types of SATA which are speed related (data transfer)... SATA I is 1.5Gbs, SATA II is 3.0Gbs and SATA III is 6Gbs. The connections for those HDD's are either SATA (small thin cable) or IDE (large/wide ribbon cable), which are two types of cables.

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Hey all,

I finally got around to installing the new Serial ATA (WD Raptor 36GB) hard drive. After a little ado, I got it loaded up with WinXP. My problem/question is, I have my other 60GB IDE Hard drive (WD), and want to have that as my secondary drive. I tried several things such as setting up the boot priority in the BIOS to start with SCSI (since that is the option that works when I have to use the manual boot menu), then have the IDE as the 2nd or 3rd priority (swapping CD-ROM as well). No matter what, the IDE keeps loading up first (it still has the OS and everything on there), with the SATA disk as a secondary. The jumper settings are correct as per the WD website for both the SATA (far left jumper on an 8 pin) and the IDE (middle jumper on a 10 pin). I tried several times swapping around the boot priorities in the BIOS, but no dice. The only way to get it to come up first is to do a manual boot priority (F8 for setup), the only problem with that is I have a wireless mouse and keyboard, and they don't work with that menu, I have to plug in my old keyboard to select the priority.

Any ideas?
MSI K7N2 Delta (on-board audio)
AMD AthlonXP 3200+
ATI Radeon 9800XT
WD Raptor 36GB Serial ATA HD
Logitech MX Duo Wireless mouse and keyboard
KlipschTHX 3.1 with Subwoofer

A:New SATA Hard Drive, question......

And now my computer keeps locking up as well.

Can anyone help??

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I just installed 2 new SATA 150 drives (Maxtor Diamond Max 9) in
a Raid 0 configuration. My question is about the temp that they run
at. It seems the drives are running at 42 degrees celsius, a little
hotter that my old ATA/133 drives. Is this normal? I have been told in
the past that SATA drives run hotter, but it did not come from a
reliable source.

Thank you

A:SATA Hard Drive Question

That looks normal-ish, depends what size they are (bigger means hotter).
SATAs don't generally run any hotter than PATAs although your old ATA drives may have had slower spin speeds or different capacity?

You can probably bring them down into the mid-to-high 30 degree range if they were housed in a side-loaded bay with a 120mm fan next to them (that's if they're not already being cooled).

You can use the SMART tab of Speedfan:

.... to get an online comparison of your drive(s) (if it's known to their database) and also the manufacturer (Maxtor) should have temperature guidelines and limits available at their website.

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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 am building a computer for my grandson for Christmas and have a question. I ordered and received this hard drive for it:


which is a 250 gb Seagate SATA drive. I know that when you create a new partition while installing Windows I should not see the entire 250 gb. However, the largest partition I can create according to Windows XP Home is 131,062 mb. Something doesn't seem right to me. Do I have a bad hard drive? Thanks for your assistance.


A:Solved: Question about SATA Hard Drive

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