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How to connect your hard drive to your motherboard
The first thing you have to figure out is what type of hard drive you have, a PATA or a SATA drive.
PATA = Parallel ATA
This type of drive uses the older IDE connections. Most of your current motherboards still have aleast one IDE connection to support the ROM drives on the market that have not moved over to SATA connections but you can still connect a hard drive to this connection if needed. The thing to keep in mind is that you can only connect 2 IDE devices to one IDE connection on the motherboard.
Here is an example of an IDE cable. If you can see there are tabs on the cable to make sure you line up the pins properly.
SATA = Serial Advanced Technology Attachment
This type is now the standard that most hard drives are. Also note that alot of your ROM drives are switching over to this format as well.
Here is an example of a SATA cable.
In regards to power connectors If you are using a PATA drive then you will use the Molex power connector. Note some of the early SATA drives use this power connector as well.
For the SATA drives you would use the SATA power connector. Note if your power supply does not have this connection you can get an adapter that goes from a Molex connection to the SATA connector.
Next you will need to find the connectors for the hard drive on your motherboard. Below if pictures of the 2 connection types.
IDE/PATA motherboard connectors
SATA motherboard connectors
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