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Q: reliable SATA hard drive power cable recommendation

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

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A: reliable SATA hard drive power cable recommendation

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

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

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

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

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I currently have an SSD with the OS on it.

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

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

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



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

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

Thanks very much

A:Can a SATA hard drive short the power?

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

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

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

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

thanks for your replies in advance


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

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

A:Hard drive power cable issue

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

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

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

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

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

A:Solved: sata hard drive power connection

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

A:Sata hard drive power line interface

Hi Rae and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

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

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

A:3420 - additional hard drive power cable

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

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Hi all.

I am looking for a new external backup drive. I wish to connect it via a SATA cable and I have the necessary interfaces on the mobo and even rear plates with SATA connectors. I was wondering if anybody had any recommendations for a good external drive that would connect in this way. Looking for 200-400Gb of storage.

Need something faster than USB2!

Many thanks for any suggestions - the ones I have seen so far 'appear' to be SATA drives connected via USB interfaces - if that makes sense.


A:Recommendation for an External SATA (connected) drive - non USB

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my wd caviar se hard drive just over one year old crashed--is that a good brand or are there more reliable ones?


A:what's a reliable hard drive?

Western Digital is known to be a good brand as well as seagate. The two now, are one as they merged earlier this year. The fact is most hard drives on the market today are very reliable as hard drives has been produced since the 1960s. Heat is the #1 killer of drives.

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The story is...
I bought the WESTERN DIGITAL WD15EVDS 1.5TB AV-GP SATA2 9(nine) months ago
and yesterday suddenly has stop responding,i tried everything,but is dead/broken.
I have 3 years warranty so today i took it back to the shop,they check it and as i said they said,is dead/broken and i can take anything i like in the same price.
I use this hard disk for E:\ for storage and downloads 24 hours per day,my pc never turn off.
So which hard drive is more reliable?
SEAGATE BARRACUDA 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB

If you have any other suggestion please do,but have in mind that i need a hard disk who can withstand the never stop work.

A:Which hard drive is more reliable?

You might want to look at WD Cavier Black, has 32mb cache and 5 year warranty. I have two of them with never a problem.

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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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Suggestions for a reliable external Hard Drive

A:Reliable External Hard drive

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Hi all I currently save all my content downloads ext. externally, to my windows system i.e. on a separate disk, two 1000GB mirrored , I also have a 750GB on a enclosure (sold on ebay as 1000 Grr lol) but this drive died but the disk inside still ok just moved to a new enclosure, which I use to back up the two mirrored drives, essential when setting up new raid lol

So my Question is because I'm using a lot of that space of 750GB one, what's my best options for upgrading this drive, or should I be buy a new super drive with 3000GB but isn't that like putting all your eggs in one basket ....... what u think ?

A:Reliable external hard drive

You can easily find all kinds of horror stories about any brand you name, therefore, as you say, don't put all eggs in one basket.

That means having a minimum of 2 copies of everything you care about. Preferably 1 off site. Preferably a third copy of your most important files.

Better to concern yourself with that than with "reliable" hard drives. None of them are as reliable as you want and all will fail. Expect that and render it meaningless because you have multiple copies.

I'd consider recent generation SSDs more reliable than HDDs, but they are still cost-prohibitive in larger sizes. Even then, I'd have multiple backups.

I have all data on an internal HDD and backups of all data on another internal HDD. I run this backup daily.

I also copy my most important files to a USB thumb drive once a month. And every couple of months, I make a third copy of all data to another HDD through an external dock. I don't have an external HDD in an enclosure.

I'd just abandon the notion of a "reliable" drive--or at least the notion that you have any way of determining reliability beyond anecdotes or questionable studies of the issue.

Lots of talk around that HD quality has generally declined over the last few years. Judging from complaints I see, there may be something to it, but you don't have much choice if you need more storage. Flip a coin. Maybe shop based on price, allegations of good or bad customer service, or warranty.

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Hey everyone, first post here so hopefully someone can help me.

I have two external hard drives...well did. Both my external drives over the last 4 months have died along with a ton of my personal videos(I'm a film major). One is a Maxtor the other is a Fantom drive I believe, but my question isn't about that.

What I am wondering, is if making your own external hard drive is more reliable then store bought ones? I've read in some places they are because you can add fans which the ones I have don't contain plus you can have more space(although with my experience they die before you can use it all).

If anyone has an answer, it would be much appreciated.

Thank you

A:DIY External Hard Drive more reliable

not really any difference, my friend is a film guy too lol and he tried to make his own. a fan isnt really a need in a external HD tho might make it a bit better. If you can make one for cheaper then the store go for it, but they are about the same id say.

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

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

A:Plug in a sata power cable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please answer as soon as possible. Thank you

A:Broken SATA Power Cable

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

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Sup guys,

So far I have 3 failed drives/problems.

I'm looking to purchase a reliable hard drive that runs pretty cool. My old drives were so hot they were near untouchable. I believe one of my drives cooked itself. I have enough cooling for my system (but I don't hard any HD coolers). They were all Western Digital. 3 bad drives in 2 years

Can anyone recommend cool reliable hard drives, preferably sata drives?
Hopefully there is such a drive, if not I will have to resort to a HD cooler. Which maybe I must since I HATE these HD failures.

edit: well drives that get warm. unlike my drive it becomes untouchable.


A:Hard drive shopping. Cool and reliable?

i've never heard of drives specifically made to run cool. When i built my system 3 years ago, i kept having high cpu temps and after a few cooling upgrades, the temps were still high and it ended up being because I am using a RAID 0 with 2 hdd's and they just weren't getting any air flow. I recommend putting some fans at least in front of your hdd's. I mounted hdd coolers to the bottom of both of my hdd's and it has dropped my cpu temps 10 degrees. Make sure you aren't putting your pc in a closed cabinet of some sort. And make sure your case has a constant airflow preferrably from the front towards and out the back. Hope this helps...

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A:What in your opinion is the most reliable hard drive you can buy today?

Western Digital

Never had problems with any WD products. I'm still running an 80gb WD Caviar 7200rpm IDE drive in my wife's comp (formerly my comp) that I've had running almost non-stop since 2001.

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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 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 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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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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Basically I am currently building a new pc for me to use while i'm at uni. My course is Computing and Games Development, so I am assuming I will need to store a lot on my computer so a lot of storage space would be good. I also want it to be reliable, and not just break after a year or so, so something with a long warranty would be good. I also plan to play WoW and GW2 a bit, and will probably end up getting some games with much better graphics to play while I am bored, so I think I will need to get a good graphics card. I was going to use the nvidia geforce 8800 gtx from my old pc, but that's old now and won't be any good for newer games, so I have left it in my old pc to use for WoW when I'm at home for holidays. So basically I need a good graphics card that's reasonably priced and will play new games on decent settings with a good frame rate.
The parts I have for the new PC so far are:
Intel Core i5 3570 3.40GHz Quad Core CPU
Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
Asus P877-V LX z77 Ivybridge Motherboard
Cooler Master Elite Case
A Corsair 750W 80 plus bronze power supply (can't remember exact name)

A:Need a good, reliable hard drive or SSD and graphics card

Welcome to the forums.
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black or RE
SSD - I like Crucial or Intel
Reasonable price good performance the Radeon HD 6870 is hard to beat.

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I have been having bad luck with hard drives lately. The original WD drive in my W7 i7 PC died about a month ago as a result of a brief power failure in my area. My local shop installed another WD (500TB) unit which seemed to have issues from the start (failed the WDC test utilities).

So I wanted to pulse the community to see what the current story is on HD's and reliability. I have read a number of posts about quality problems with WDC but I used to see lots of posts about problems with Seagate.

So what to do? Which brand or model should I be looking at to get a decent drive that won't die in a few months? This is simply for a home office desktop running Office 2010 apps and typical web browsing. I'd spend a little extra for higher reliability. Screaming performance is not really an issue.

A:Recommend a reliable hard drive for home office

Look into Enterprise drives from either Western Digital or Seagate.

Western Digital: Newegg.com - Western Digital WD RE4 WD1003FBYX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Seagate: Newegg.com - Seagate Constellation ES ST1000NM0031 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive with Secure Encryption -Bare Drive

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

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

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

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

Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults

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

Thanks for any replies.

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

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

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

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

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

A:Do hard drives come with an SATA cable?

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

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

I expect they have them in Best Buy.

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I'm looking into buying an external drive to backup work and clients' projects from my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop with 40Gb HDD.
Which external hard drive do you folks recommend?
I interested in something between 60-120Gb.
I do have FireWire & USB ports.

A:Hard Drive Recommendation.

Do you want to build one or just buy one that's already built and ready to work for you? I would look at Lacie "bigger disks" if you can afford one. Nice They are firewire and USB 2.0. They come in huge sizes for a good price. If you want to build one make sure you buy a good case don't get a cheap case you'll hate yourself later if you do and pick out a good hard drive. I recommend 3.5 SATA II drives to install in the case. Your options are unlimited. Just tell us which way you want to go. You want to build one(a little cheaper)? Or you want to buy one already to go?

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