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HD w/Serial ATA cable

Where can I plug the Serial ATA cable coming from my new HD to this motherboard? Or do I need an adaptor?

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The M863G V3.0 motherboard doesn't support SATA drives directly, so you'll need an adapter between the SATA drive and the IDE connection on the motherboard. Some of these adapters are a little bulky, so make sure you have enough room. Also, you'll need a spare power connection for the adapter. Good luck!

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How to fit a secondry ata hard drive

The first thing you want to do is turn off your PC and then unplug it.Now just open up the {CPU Cover} handle and it comes right off.Sometimes there will be small screws on the back of your door which you just have to unscrew.There a little green plastic tray right above Internal hard drive actually pulls right out and allows you to put the hard drive right in.So, once we remove the tray from the computer case, there will be four pegs inside of it that go into the serial ATA hard drive put those in.Once they're in, slide those back into need to use a serial ATA cable to plug directly into the back of the hard drive and plug it into the motherboard. On the bottom part of the motherboard, you will see several serial ATA ports.plug one into motherboard and plug the other end directly into the back of your hard drive.

The next thing you need to do is get power to the hard drive.The components of your computer are powered by your power supply. From your power supply, there should be a cable coming out specifically to power your internal hard drives.Newer plugs are designed for serial ATA hard drives. And those will plug directly into the back of your hard drive.After you're done close up your computer Cover, just plug it back in, turn it on an Windows will automatically recognize your new serial ATA hard drive.

If the Hard drive still not showing up Follow this Steps:-

You need to format the drive before you can use it for data.

Right-Click on the My Computer icon either on your desktop or in the Start Menu and select Manage.

A new window titled Computer Management comes up.
Select Storage from the left hand side by clicking it once, then select Disk Management(local) from the right side by double-clicking it. Find your new drive and format it with one large partition.

First you partition - do a primary partition if you want only one partition on the hard drive. Then you format the partition - again right click and select format use NTSF - use default allocation size and give the new volume a label (no spaces allowed in the name).

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So any Serial IDE/ATA hd would be ok so long has the max speed is 100

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I have a HP Asterope Motherboard The Sata HDD or the Sata CD/DVD cannot in not detected in the BIOS and the computer can not boot-up When I use a IDE drive on the Ide port, It works But I have a...

Reasons a sata device might not be recognized in BIOS:
(1)Serial ATA disabled, enter bios and enable SATA.
(2)Serial ATA cable defective
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(4)Serial ATA cable defective
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I need to hook up a CD drive to my computer. I have a P5GC MX/133 mother board, two 256 gig hard drives and 3 1/2 disk drive. I would preferr not to diconnect any of the ubove

Well you could get an external CD/DVD drive. You didn't say how the existing drives are connected - but it seems like, according to specs, that you can take

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2 - ATA (aka IDE) devices (one connector jack. Drives would be Master and Slave, or more likely CSEL or Cable Select. So if you jumper the drives CSEL they should just work.)

SATA is the better drive interface technology these days, so I'd go for an internal SATA CD Drive ... assuming you have a CD bay. Not knowing how / who built your computer I have no way of knowing how many spare Power Cables and SATA cables, etc. that you have available. But usually with a new drive purchase they give you cables.

If they don't give them, and you need them, you can get power cable adaptors as well that will change a white standard power plug/cable inside the computer to an SATA type power plug. Often there will be spare SATA power cables in there anyway since the motherboard come with 4 SATA connections on the motherboard.

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hello, i understand u want to connect an dvd/drive for laptops with a pc/mainboard...

it is possible to connect the devices, but when buying the adaptor, inquire how the dvd-drive will be powered then, for in an laptop the power is provided via the s-ata plug whereas is pc u have an extra power cord!

u will have to get either an

IDE(PC,big flat data cable, male) to small S-ATA


an USB 2.0 to external S-ATA/ dvd/drive adaptor
(slower than IDE, but safer and less complicated, just plug and play, u need just to install drivers)

good luck, btw internal dvd-drives for PC are pretty cheap :-)

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Difference between HDD and SATA

Buying a new SATA hard drive is confusing if you don't understand the differences between the various drive types. Which hard drive should you buy?

SATA Hard Drives (Serial ATA) are the most popular drives being sold today. Alongside them in the store however you will also find boxes labeled Parallel ATA or SCSI. So what are the differences between these hard drives and which one should you purchase? Your decision is dictated by what your computer can accept. Check with your computer's manufacturer to see which drive style you can use. Most newer computers purchased within the last two years accept SATA connections. If your computer cannot accept one of the newer SATA hard drives you can purchase SATA adaptor cards that plug into an empty expansion slot on your computer's motherboard. You can purchase SCSI adaptors as well, so follow these tips to guide your decision.

SATA vs PATA: Serial ATA vs. Parallel ATA Drives SATA hard drives have many benefits over their older cousin, the Parallel ATA drive. Chief among these differences are:
  • SATA hard drives are faster and perform much better than traditional ATA drives and are better for high bandwidth applications such as video editing and multiplayer gaming.
  • SATA drives use a smaller, cheaper cable to connect to the computer's motherboard. These cables can also be up to three feet in length compared to eighteen inches with Parallel ATA cables.
  • SATA hard drives can be hot swappable, meaning that they can be disconnected and reconnected without powering down the computer. There are limits to this of course. You should never disconnect your boot drive while the computer is operating.
  • SATA cables are easier to plug in without damaging the delicate connecting pins on the drive.
  • SATA hard drives are significantly faster than external USB hard drives.
SCSI Hard Drives SCSI hard drives are the elders of the storage world. SCSI is one of the oldest specifications but it is also the fastest and thus has been widely used in network servers and other high speed, high bandwidth applications. Unfortunately this high speed storage has also meant much higher costs. SCSI drives were once standard in all Macintosh computers but have since been replaced by the cheaper SATA based hard drives.
  • SCSI drives are also hot swappable, similar to the SATA drives.
  • Some varieties of SCSI can be used with SATA
  • SCSI drives are often set up in a mirroring arrangment to allow for instant, continuous backups of the hard drives.
  • SCSI drives are still the most expensive drives on the consumer market.
Your basic rule of thumb should be to purchase a drive that is designed to work with your computer's motherboard. Try to avoid using SCSI adaptors or SATA adaptors unless absolutely necessary as the whole point of using a specific kind of hard drive is to get the most speed and storage for the money.

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SATA Connector

Hello united4fun, the link I'm adding here will give you an idea of what you're looking for. You can also buy the cable from this web site if you wish.
1m Serial ATA to External Serial ATA Cable.
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