Question about HP Compaq d530 PC Desktop
My d530 CMT came with a 40 GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 8 ATA/133 HDD, which I'm told is an IDE drive. What's puzzling is that I've got two different types of plugs on the same cable supplying power to the HDD. A total of 6 white plugs labelled P1 through P6 that have the 4 wire setup. And 2 black plugs on the same cable attached to nothing, labelled P4-1 and P5-1. These two black plugs have a narrow multiple strand socket, like a small serial plug.
(1) Are the black power plugs used for SATA drives?
(2) Does this mean my d530 supports SATA drives that are faster than the ATA/133 variety?
(3) what kind of SATA socket on the mobo should I look for?
(4) Geesch - anyone have a diagram of a d530 mobo?
Thanks again guys,
Answers to your questions:
2. Very likely
3. a Google search should show you what the connectors look like.
4 HP/Compaq do a good job of providing documentation. Go to hp.com and put in your system information. You should be able to locate motherboard diagrams there. If you can't let me know and I'll try to locate them.
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
Hello Mark, the D530 CMT does support SATA drives. You can reference further details in these documents:
The SATA connector looks like this:
I can't recall if the plugs in the D530 are black, but you should be able to tell from the diagrams if they are the right ones (they won't fit otherwise). The older IDE style connectors for Ultra ATA are slower, so you'd definitely want to leverage SATA for better throughput.
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
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