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I am installing a second hard drive that is sata. Which motherboard socket do I plug it into and is it hot swappable?

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  • Greg9845 Nov 21, 2008

    Yes, I see them. They each have a different color. Which one is appropriate for adding a second Hard Drive? Or does it matter?

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U see in corenr of mother bord 4 sata sockets.
pluginto it.

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Dell t3400 power for 2 hard drives


Not a problem.

This is a general view of a SATA -> data cable, and it's respective connector on the motherboard,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_ports.jpg

Note the L-shaped opening in the SATA data cable's connector, and matching L-shape on the SATA data connector on the motherboard.

Note also that a SATA data cable's connector has 7-pins
Between it, and a SATA power cable connector, the SATA data cable connector is the smaller of the two.

A SATA power cable has 15-pins,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

Note that it's cable connector opening is also L-shaped.
So is the matching connector on a SATA harddrive, or SATA optical drive. (CD/DVD drive)

A SATA power cable's connector generally has an area on it, that you depress with your thumbnail, and this releases a Lock.
Depress to install, depress to remove.

SATA data cable connector, Or SATA power cable connector; that goes to a Harddrive, or to an Optical Drive, is usually a 90 degree bent elbow.

The straight connector on the cable plugs into the motherboard.
(Can be straight connector on both ends through, but isn't CORRECT)

SATA connectors on motherboard;
IF, this Ebay link selling a Dell Precision T3400 Desktop PC motherboard, is correct, there are;

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-TP412-Precision-Workstation-T3400-Socket-775-Motherboard-/360503300257?pt=Motherboards&hash=item53efabd0a1

1) FOUR Black SATA connectors
2) ONE White SATA connector
3) One Blue SATA connector

1 Black SATA connector, and 1 Blue SATA connector, at the bottom of the black Ram Memory slots.

1 White SATA connector, and 3 Black SATA connectors, right next to the where 24-pin ATX main power cable, plugs into the motherboard.

General example of said main power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain24

(Note* Color of connectors does Not matter )

Originally the Master harddrive, should plug into SATA1 connector on the motherboard.

If you look real close, next to all of those SATA connectors on the motherboard, you may see SATA0, SATA1, SATA2, SATA3, SATA4, and SATA5, printed right next to them on the motherboard.

The beauty of SATA:

DOESN'T MATTER WHERE YOU PLUG IN WHAT, on those SATA connectors.
Use ANY one you wish, and plug whatever SATA device into it, that you wish.

BIOS will find the SATA device.
No matter what SATA connector you plug into, and no matter what SATA device.

Kapish?

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/wst3400/en/ug/ug_en.pdf

What a minute, this news just came in.............

The Blue SATA connector on the motherboard, under the black Ram Memory slots, is SATA0.
The Black SATA connector next to it is SATA1.

If you have SAS harddrives (Serial Attached SCSI), the power cable's connector has a provision, to plug the SATA data cable into it also.
If you do not have that particular SAS power cable it's OK.

You can just use a separate SATA power cable, (90 degree elbow to harddrive/optical drive), and a separate SATA data cable.

For additional questions, or to have me clarify further on anything I have stated above, post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

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Want to install a second sata hard drive, new drive not auto detecting, bios only identifies ide drives


HI popsrowe

Your problem is most likely the SATA data and power cables. for tips on the two cables. the system should detect the SATA hard disk automatically,
( you only need, setting the hard disk support as a second hard disk to the system in the bios setup )

regards

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Installed new power supply on hp m470n cannot remember which wires go where HELP


The large power connector goes onto your motherboard--20 or 24 pin--in the socket provided. It can only go in one way.
There is probably a second connector, a 4-pin--that will plug into the motherboard near the CPU. It, too, can go in only one way.
Other than that, you just have to hook up the power to the hard drive and CD/DVD.

If you have a high-performance video card that has a power connection, it's probably a 6-pin connector.
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I want to add a second hard drive (SATA) to a Dell insperon 530. Where does it connect to the motherboard?


Every SATA enabled motherboard has atleast 2 SATA ports. Trace the first SATA cable and you'll find another port closer. If your Optical drive is connected to it, and if you can find an IDE port on your motherboard, buy an IDE to SATA convertor and plug it in.

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2nd hard drive dissappeared from windows


first of all. you will need to check on the BIOS if the hard drive is being recognized. if it's not recognized, try to use another sata cable and plug it on another sata socket on the motherboard.
if still not recognized, probably its fried. if you get the info of the hard drive on the BIOS, go to windows and then go to computer, right click it and click on manage. click on disk management on the left side of the screen and then you will see on the right side all the information of all the recognized hard drives. if you see the missing one in here, most probably the information that was here is already lost, but you can right click it and then click on initialize, and then reformat the drive to use it again.

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Laptop sata hard drive does not get picked up when installing XP "no disk detected setup can not continue" works ok when i put same hard drive onto desktop PC - builds ok any ideas?


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Sorry ,You can't add SATA hard disk...As ur motherboard don't support it...

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Installing new harddrive


So you want to Install a new Hard Drive?

Im assuming your New Hard drive is a SATA connector. Reply if it isn't.

Open up your computer case and look for the current hard drive. place the new hard drive in a free spot and screw it in. then plug in the SATA power cable and then the SATA interface cable and the other end on the motherboard by locating a free socket usually orange (Gigabyte Motherboard).

If you do not have a SATA power connector, you can get a Molex to SATA converter or you should buy a new power supply that has SATA power connectors.

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