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A friend added a second hard drive to my desktop but I dont know how to hook up the power cord(s) properly. Because he was short a cable, he borrowed the power supply from the CD rom and now that I have the proper power cord, I dont know where it goes. He's too busy to help me and I cannot load any software until I can use the CD Rom again. I need idiot-proof images and instructions if anyone is willing to help.
Not a problem.
This is a general view of a SATA -> data cable, and it's respective connector on the motherboard,
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,
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;
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,
(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.
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.
Posted on Oct 31, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: The disk drives don't work!!
Hi mrkennx6, did you install windows Vista? If that's a yes try updating your windows through windows update. (Vista may have posted a fix for this issue).
If your not running Vista than try this.
1. Shut down your PC & unplug the power cord from the PC.
2. While facing the PC & looking at the front og the PC, remove the left side panel of the case. (Click the link to learn how to remove your computer cover).
3. Remove the power cable from the back of each cdrom drive.
Shown here at this link. http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim1100/EN/SM/parts.htm#wp1088942
4. Re-connect your power cord & start your PC. Allow windows to finish loading. When it has finished, click the start button & shut down the PC.
5. Unplug your power cord from the PC.
6. Re-connect the power cords to your cdrom drives.
7. Close your case & re-connect the power cord to PC.
8. Power up PC & allow windows to load.
(Windows will re-install the needed drivers for your cdrom drives).
If I can be of more service, just ask.
Posted on Apr 06, 2008
hi! try this. reboot your cpu, then press the CMOS setup key (del), then select load default setting, then go to hard disk detection settings, select the LBA setup. I believe you know how to manipulate the CMOS setup configuration. if still doesn't work out, bring it to the service center near you and ask for assistance, Im sure they would love to help you. Have a nice day!
Posted on Dec 20, 2008
There is 2 main cables you have to worry about to feed power to the system. One looks like a big rectangle block with a mess of wires attached. Make sure he is hooked into the system. Then if its an newer unit you will find a plug that has square look to it with just 4 wires attached and should plug in nearby the processor. (only newer units us this) Also if your dealing with the cant turn it on issue make sure to remove all cards off the board like the NIC, Video Card, and Audio Card. I am unsure as to weather or not your system comes with everything onboard or if its stand alone cards. If you still cant power on theres a bigger issue at hand and that maybe that your motherboard has blown.
Posted on Mar 16, 2009
When in doubt do without, that is remove the new hard drive cable and power, remove the DVD drive and try loading booting the XP from just this CD device. Enter the BIOS and check if the system sees the device. If it's not found in the BIOS then you'll never boot anything. Address it as the Primary device on the cable (I don't use CS) and see if the BIOS sees it.
If you get CD device seen in the BIOS then try to boot the CD in it. If it boots then power off and connect up your 40gb drive (optioned as Primary) on the other cable. Now power on as check the BIOS for the drive and the DVD device. If both are seen then boot the cd and try to load XP. After it's up and running install the other CD device as a Slave on one of the cables.
Posted on May 28, 2009
Try this Boot to the BIOS
press ALT+E (single Beep)
ALT+F another beep
ALT+B system will reboot and re-detect drives
once done, you should be able to install XP on HDD
Posted on Dec 30, 2009
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