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Older Computer: SATA Drive/Cable Question

Q: Older Computer: SATA Drive/Cable Question

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.

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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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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 have recently installed a new Sata hard disk . as the old one was 'smart' assessed 'ready to go 'and did..lol Can anyone help me please -How do I remove-increase or delete the partitions on the old drive (eblow)..so that I can use whats left of the old one to use as storage. There is on the old disk a healthy system partition of 100GB -----a healthy Factory Image of 12 GB and 454 GB healthy primary Partition. I use the word healthy from the disk manager description. If I boot up the system the old one wants to boot and messes up the computer. Can I alter the boot sequence in the BIOS and will this stop the bad disk from trying to boot. (reallocation of Sectors Problem) TIA

A:Help Please-Older Sata drive how to remove/re-use partitions

If a disk is bad, why would you want to trust any of your data on it? You can buy a new 1TB drive for $60 or less.

Can you post a full screen Disk Management windows please?

You can use diskpart from a Elevated Command prompt to clean the disk (make it raw, unallocated, unformatted) then do a long format and see what it does for you. You just need to be careful and make very sure you have selected the right disk (not partition).

list disk
select disk #

Use Disk Management to partition and format the disk.

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I bought a new(er) Dell from their auction site. Its an Optiplex 760 SFF. It came equipped with Windows Vista Business. I saved my older 320 Western Digital from my older computer. It has Windows XP on it. It does work, has been working on a different computer as a SATA to USB drive. The Optiplex had an 80 Seagate SATA.

I did a straight out trade of the drives. Optiplex BIOS does recognize the drive. It won't, however, boot into XP. At this point, the Seagate is completely disconnected.

What do I need to do to make this work?



A:Older Sata drive to replace newer with different OS

You need to do a clean install of Windows XP. You can't just take a drive out of one computer, install into another & expect it to run.

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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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I've read posts and watched installation videos, but none mentioned changing the jumper settings on the drives. Is this still an issue, like it used to be? Does the hard drive in the XPS come with CS (Cable Select) settings? And if so, what's better: to make the added HD also CS or to make the original one Master and the additional one Slave?
You input is appreciated :-)

A:I am planning to add an older SATA 1TB drive to my new XPS 8910. Do I need to change any jumper settings?

Sata drives are not jumper set with master/slave   or cable select like ATAPI drives.
You may need a data cable.  You cant boot from an old drive on the new machine or run applications from that drive.

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I have come into a set of SATA drives 1 is 120 GB and 1 is 160 GB I have purchased teh Adaptec SATAConnect adapter. While loading my computer it loads the software and recognizes the one harddrive I have hooked up, it has it labeled as Drive H: but if I try and save something to it or look at it it says that it has 0 bytes available. Anyone else done this am I missing something?

A:Alright Wizards need help with SATA connected to older computer

You might need to format the drive first.

If it is a brand new Drive and all you have done is plugged it in, then it will need to be formatted before you can use it. Make sure its got nothing on it you need and isnt your Boot drive though.

Right click on the H Drive and click format.

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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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Could anyone identify the components of this cable?


There is the mini sas end, and the 4x sata end, but what is the other connector?



A:Mini SAS to SATA cable - quick question

"Connectors: Mini SAS SFF-8087 (Host) to 4 x 7 way SATA latch type connectors (target) and 1 x 8 way sideband connector".

From a little bit of googling, those sideband connectors are for extenders, LEDs, connecting to backplanes, etc. You don't have to use it, if that helps deciding if you should buy one that has that connector.

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I posted this at the end of one of my previous posts and it may have been overlooked in that topic.

I just received my New Promise SATA Controller Card and I've got a question about what a "Individual LED Connector" cable does. The manual instructs me to connect it the corresponding plugs on the card and on the MB. It is either a 4 pin or a 2 pin connector. It didn't come with the Promise Card package, so I'll have to go get one. Can you tell me what it is for and if it is Necessary to have it plugged in if I am using the SATA HDD as a slave drive?


A:Cable question for a SATA Controller Card?

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Where can i buy sata cabel to my ideapad y700 because i have ssd but i cant connect hdd harddisk because i dont know where to buy the cabel. I only have ssd m.2 .  Please help me !
Mod's Edit: Additional information added to Subject line for clarity of issue.

A:Y700 - SATA Cable purchase question.

Hi there, Toshix          -
Thank you for writing in to the Lenovo Forum - happy to have you here today.
As per the datasheet (page 84), This is the parts here:
Cable for the Hard drive: HDD Cable L Y700 --->  5C10K25544
Update us how it goes.
Tap that kudos button if I helped  If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"! 
Mod's Edit: Update Subject with correct issue.

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Need to replace P51S default SSD to 2.5 -inch sata HDD.  Did Lenovo provide the tray and cable in this case? 

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Need to replace P51S default SSD to 2.5 -inch sata HDD.  Did Lenovo provide the tray and cable in this case? 

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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've recently had problems with two SATA drives that were not recognized by the system and the problem is both cases turned out to be a faulty SATA cable.

These have got to be some of the worst designed connectors I've seen. Two of the four I've used have failed. The connector is very fragile and will spread open or crack along the side and not make contact if they are bent or bumped when attached to the drive or MB.

A:Tip- SATA drive problems may be due to the cable

What manufacturer supplied the cables? I had 2 faulty IDE cables come with 2 separate motherboard companies the other day. usually when a drive is not working properly at the initial install.

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

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

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

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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 an apparent hard disk failure and I am planning to install a new disk, but I want to insert the failed disk into a disk caddy to attempt recovery of a few items of data which were not backed up.

There is however a clip which secures one of the cables onto the drive housing, and I have not encountered this type of clip in previous drive rescues. The clip is pictured in these linked images:


(The clip is the small metal protrusion at the very centre of each image)

I need to know how to remove this clip, please - preferable in a way so that it can be reinserted if I am in fact able to recover the drive. Any help much appreciated!

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Does anyone know what the cable length is when it's mounted at the very top of the case?  Is it 18 inches, 20, or neither?

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

A:trouble accessing hard drive via SATA cable


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

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

A:reliable SATA hard drive power cable recommendation

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Hi, 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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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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I am not sure:

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

Or will this cause a damage to hardware?


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

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

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

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The computer is a Pentium II at about 300 or 350 mhz I believe. I was asked by the owner if replacing the current 4.5 gig hard drive with a new 120 gig unit would be ok. He's interested in either a 40 gig, an 80 gig or the 120, but he's leaning towards the 120. Would a 40 gig drive be easier for that machine to handle than a 120 gig drive, or wouldn't it really matter? And what about memory? Currently the unit has about 256 meg I believe--running win98. Would going to a larger capacity drive require more memory to run efficiently?

A:New hard drive for older computer...

The maximum hard drive supported depends on the motherboard and the BIOS revision. Find out what motherboard it is, go to the manufacturer's website and download the latest BIOS. See the release notes/revision information for any hints about hard drive sizes.

137GB is a definite limit to your hard drive size. 32GB and 64GB are two other limits you may have. I would think anything below 32GB will work.

Some hard drives have a special jumper that restricts the drive size to 32GB. Make sure you get one of those.

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Hi everyone and Happy Holidays.
I just gave an eldrerly couple my old Compaq persario computer. It was a 10Gig. They want to learn the computer and play games. I do not have the processor size in front of me but it has a decent amount of ram.

I loaded it with games for them. However a few of the games are newer larger games and run sluggish. such as Titanic, ravenherst, mahjdomino etc. The smaller games run fine. I am wondering if I went out and got them an external hardrive and dumped all of the games into that, would the computer be able to handle the larger games better?

Also when I sat down to this computer half hour ago it began to give a low tone sort of alarm or something. Short low tone. Does anyone have a clue???? I use Avira anti virus. I didn't find anything on that unless I overlooked it.

Thanks for any help.

A:Older computer and external hard drive

make model of the PC
How much memory
What version of windows
how much free space left
it may be overheating alarm, is it like a siren

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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 recently built a new computer with out a floppy drive and I read on some websites you need to have a floppy to get your sata drive to work. I found some other ways to getting the sata drive to work but when it came down to it, windows installed fine on the drive with doing anything special. I noticed that the drive hangs a bit when opening certain folders and I thought maybe because I didn't do that initial install it's not running correctly. Does Windows just support the these drives now with out having to use the floppy? Or is there something wrong? If anyone can provide some insight here it would be fantastic.

A:Sata drive question

Some boards require you to add drivers from a floppy at the beginning of the windows install to make the sata controller work but if windows installed you are OK.

Make sure you install all drivers from the motherboard cd

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i have a serial ata hard drive that isnt working right , i now have a new one. I havent got it installed yet but i was wondering if there is away , too pull information off of one and put on working drive. i know to do it on IDE drives just not sata drives. if anyone can help that would be great !

A:SATA drive question

It is exactly the same thing. Connect the drive and copy what you want. If you are asking about copying the complete drive, that can be done also. Acronis true image will do that job as will other apps like ghost or drive image.

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My current tower computer a HP a1640n has a fried motherboard due to a power outage. It had Windows 7 34bit edition home. Hard drive inside is still good an usable. I have an old tower unit Sonia Vaio PVC RX752 which has an old IDE hard drive which crashed, and I went out at that time and just bought a new computer. Everything else still works on it but the hard drive. I was hoping to take out the HP hard drive and put it in the VIAO so that i could transfer all the information I had on it to my external USB hard drive. Can I use the new hard drive in the old computer? I realize that my old computer probably won't be Windows 7 Compatable with drivers and such. But all I want it to do is boot up so I can get the information off the hard drive. The new HD in the HP uses a P10 connector which the old computer does not have. It is an IDE hard drive. How would I go about getting the right connectors if I can? If you need pictures I have them of the inside of both computers. I realize that the easier way would be to buy a new computer and just transfer it that way. But right now, don't have the money to buy a new computer. I have files on the hard drive I do need, so I need to get them off now.


A:How do I install a newer hard drive to an older computer?

Now it sounds a touched muddled to me Melissa am I guessing right you just want data from the old drive onto the new build hard drive. If so mate just hook it up via a USB gadget and transfer over what you want.

Something like this one there are versions that have IDE one side and SATA the other and most are externally powered (you get an adaptor for that)


Plenty of choice here on this page too.

Newegg.com - usb to sata adaptor

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Hello, so recently I bought a brand new 320gb SATA Hard drive to eventually put in my computer, but I do have a few questions because I never added a new hard drive before...

1) When I was looking up hard drive installation, I noticed that pretty much every example is from adding a 2nd hard drive and I was wondering how would it work it you was going to completely replace the current HD, like a clean out the box hd taking up the main spot, is it just plug in, set BIOS, and your good to go?

2) When you have an older hard drive that you just replaced, still got some stuff on there, hasn't been formatted but you want to eventually use it as a secondary HD what would be the best way to store or preserve it, would putting it in the no static sleeve that your newer HD came in work just fine?

A:Installing Fresh new hard drive on older computer.

DGoines said:

... a clean out the box hd taking up the main spot, is it just plug in, set BIOS, and your good to go?Click to expand...

Am I safe to assume that you currently have a SATA drive in the computer and that the motherboard has an extra open SATA port so that you can connect the old drive as a secondary drive?

Exactly what are you expecting, when you say "Good to Go"? You will need to format the new drive and install operating system software and hardware drivers for your particular motherboard. Do you have a set of system recovery discs that came withe computer or that you made with recovery software installed on the original drive?

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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 just picked up a new Seagate 500 GB SATA hard drive to replace my older ATA's. I am going to use Seagate's software to clone my OS onto the new one but want to create a partition for my OS.

Should I partition it before I clone the OS or do I do it after ?

Thanks folks !

A:Question on formatting a SATA drive

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Hello, I am looking to replace the original single SATA3 drive in my DV7t-7000 with 2 new drives.  I'm looking at a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD for the boot drive and a Western Digital WD10JPLX (1 TB/7200rpm/SATA3/4096 block).  I need some advice on if these components will work with my older HP laptop.I've done some looking and I'm not certain a 1TB/7200rpm would be recognized by the system.  I've read where I might need to go with a 5400rpm drive instead (again, not sure).  I'm also concerned about the 4096 AF (Advanced Format) specs on the new drive compared to my old drive.  I've read that some of the newer drives can run in 512e (Emulation) mode to be compatible with older systems.  I've looked for SATA specs on my laptop and can't find if it would support the 4k AF format.If someone with more familiarity with drive upgrades could let me know if these drives would work for my upgrade (or suggest other specs that would be better), I would appreciate it.  I can still buy a new version of the original 1TB drive for less money, but the new WD Black drive has a 5 yr warranty vs the 2 yr on the OEM Seagate drive.Thanks in advance for any advice. Dean

A:SATA drive upgrade question

Your laptop is not old enough for you to have to worry about these compatibility concerns. You can install the Samsung 850 Evo SSD as the main boot drive and the WD 1 TB 7200 rpm mechanical drive in the secondary bay with no problems.  Do you have both adapters/caddies? Second bay caddy can be ordered at www.newmodeus.com If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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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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Hi, I will be installing my 2 new SATA ASUS Quiet Track DVD Drives tomorrow, and this will be my first time installing drives. I see that there is no driver disc with both drives.

1. When Installing DVD Drives do you need Drivers like other hardware or not? Or normally obtained off of Website?

2. When I'm installing/updating my Firmware, I will have 2 of the same DVD Drives installed, do I need to download the Firmware Twice so its effective for both Drives or does downloading it once automatically work for both drives.


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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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