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Location of computer parts stores in Phila. PA. where I can buy SATA Data Cable and 4 pin to SATA serial power connector adaptors or cables.

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You can order those parts from either

http://www.newegg.com/
http://www.ebay.com/

I don't live in the US, maybe someone local knows but these two places and get the parts shipped to you.

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

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Install cd drive


Dell Optiplex 740 DESKTOP?

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/op740/en/UG/dt_index.htm

Under the bold black subheading -
Removing and Replacing Parts, click on - Drives, in the list.

After details on the power cable, and data cable, the Optical Drive is the first drive listed.

Examples of a SATA data cable, and it's connector; and a SATA data cable 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.
Lines up with an L-shape on the motherboard connector.
ONE style of SATA motherboard connector is shown.

Your SATA motherboard connector may differ in appearance. Still has an L-shape in it, though.

(Hold the SATA cable connector in your hand, look at the connector.
If you turn a capital L to the LEFT, and turn OVER, that is the correct position to install the cable, in.
_____I, then turn over )

SOME SATA cable connectors have a Lock on them.
Some are like a tab you press down, others are like a small 'bulb, that you press down on. Suggest use your thumb.

Depress Lock to Install cable, and to Remove cable.

Between a SATA data cable's connector, and a SATA power cable's connector; a SATA power cable connector is Larger.

SATA data cable connector has 7-pins.
SATA power cable connector has 15-pins.
Example of a SATA power cable,

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

Depress the Drive Release Latch, slide the drive towards the Back of the computer, lift up slightly to remove SATA data cable, and SATA power cable; THEN remove optical drive.
(CD/DVD drive)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Feb 18, 2013 | Dell OptiPlex 740 PC Desktop

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P3 DVD connector


Well........................

The numbering for power supply cables, differs from one pre-built computer manufacturer, to the next.

GENERALLY, a P3 power cable is a 4-pin Peripheral power cable,

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

(Also misnomered as a 'Molex' power cable.
Molex came out with the design for the power cable CONNECTOR.
The name stuck. Kinda' like calling an adjustable open-end wrench, a 'Crescent wrench' )

A P4 power cable is usually a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

This power cable was brought out to provide more power for the motherboard, and specifically the Processor. (CPU)
Does NOT connect to an optical drive. (CD/DVD drive)

DOES need to be connected to motherboard though, because it is POWER for the Processor!

Moving on.............

Let's dispense with the antiquated numbering of the power cables, and show you the real information you need;

There are two types of Optical Drives out there, currently being used;
1) IDE. Also known as PATA.

2) SATA

An IDE optical drive will use a 4-pin Peripheral power cable,

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

Note the rounded corners on top.
When plugging in one of these power cables, just always remember the rounded corners go on TOP.

The data cable used is a flat IDE ribbon cable. These are general examples,

Illustration,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nappe.svg

Photo,

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

I would like you to look at the connector end, and specifically the Locating Lug on one side of the connector,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PATA-cable.jpg

This style of Locating Lug consists of two small 'bars'.
There are types where it is filled in. Just one solid lug.

The Locating Lug lines up with a Cutout, on the optical drive.
(Or IDE/PATA harddrive)

IF, there is no Locating Lug on your IDE/PATA flat ribbon cable, post back in a Comment.
I will show you the proper way to connect it, using the Red stripe on the side of the cable.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA

If you have a SATA optical drive, it uses a SATA power cable.
This is a general example,

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

Between the SATA data cable connector, and the SATA power cable connector; the SATA power cable connector is the larger of the two.

SATA data cable connector has 7 contact pins.
SATA power cable connector has 15-pin.

This is an example of a SATA data cable, and it's respective connector,

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

Note the L-shaped opening. The SATA power cable also has this L-shaped opening.

Observe the SATA data cable connector examples, on the motherboard.
Note the L shape.

(Note: The SATA data cable connectors on YOUR motherboard, may differ in style.
The ones shown (Red) are an Open design.
There are styles that are Enclosed. Have an oval around the
L shape)

To install the cable connector, line the L-shaped opening, with the L shape on the optical drive connector.

Tip: Turn this L over to the left, then turn upside down.
The small 'foot' of the L, always points DOWN, when installing connector.


The SATA data cable connector, that plugs into the optical drive, should be a 90 degree bent elbow.
The connector end that plugs into the motherboard, should be a Straight connector.

The SATA power cable connector, and the SATA data cable connector; MAY have a Lock on top.
Usually a small depression, or Tab, or 'bulb'.
Depress with your thumb tip, to install, or remove the cable.

(Hmmm, betting now the P3 power cable may be a SATA power cable.

How'd I do? Post back in a Comment)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Jan 02, 2013 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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Connections to the hard drive


The Harddrive is a SATA unit.

Uses a SATA data cable, and a SATA power cable.

SATA data cable, and connector on motherboard, example;

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

Between the SATA data cable connector, and the SATA power cable connector; the SATA data cable connector is the shorter of the two in width.
SATA data cable connector has 7-pins.
SATA power cable connector has 15-pins.

The connector end used on the harddrive side, and optical drive side, (CD/DVD drive), is usually a 90 degree Bent Elbow.
The connector end that plugs into the motherboard, is a Straight connector.

NOTE* Color of connectors does NOT matter.
Most of the time the SATA data connectors on the motherboard, are different colors.

This is to help discern what number of SATA data connector it is.
Four SATA data connectors on the motherboard?

SATA 1, SATA 2, SATA 3, and SATA 4;
Or:
SATA 0, SATA 1, SATA 2, and SATA 3?

SATA 0, or SATA 1, is usually reserved for the Harddrive.
The Primary harddrive with the Operating System on it.
(Unless you have harddrives set in a RAID configuration)

DOES NOT MATTER WHAT SATA DATA CONNECTOR, you plug into, on the motherboard.

Want to plug the harddrive into SATA 3, or SATA 4?
Go ahead.
NO matter what SATA connector on the motherboard that you plug into, BIOS will find the harddrive.

Note the L-shape in the connector.
Has to line up on the L-shape on the harddrive, optical drive, or motherboard, SATA data connector.

There is usually a lock on the connector. This you may not see.
Sometimes there is a little 'bump' on the connector. Depress with the thumbnail to install the cable, or remove.

This is an example of a SATA power cable,

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

NOTE*
IF, your SATA harddrive has a provision for plugging in a SATA power cable, AND a 4-pin Peripheral power cable; ONLY plug the SATA power cable in.

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

Using BOTH types of power cables will BURN the harddrive up.
May not happen right away, but I assure you it will happen.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA

Dec 10, 2012 | Acer Aspire X1 AX1470-UR11P Desktop PC...

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How does P4 Connector connect to the CD Rom Drive


Hmmm, P4 is usually a designation, for a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

I see though that they have P2 as the 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable, and P4 as a SMALL 4-pin Peripheral power cable,

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

This type of power cable is used on a Floppy Drive, or a Card Reader.
Not a Harddrive, or Optical Drive. (CD/DVD drive)

The Standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable, is used on an IDE (PATA) harddrive, or optical drive,

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

Rounder corners on the Top of the plug connector.
Only plugs in, in one direction.

Owner's Manual > Page 109 -
Power Supply DC Connector Pin Assignments

P1 = 24-pin ATX main power cable,

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

P2 shown above - 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable

P3, P5, and P6 are SATA power cables,

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

If you have a SATA optical drive (CD/DVD drive), the above is the power cable used.

Uses a SATA data cable,

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

SATA data cable connector on motherboard, is shown below the SATA data cable.

NOTE*
Color does NOT matter

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Nov 09, 2012 | Dell Inspiron 531s Desktop Computer

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Cannot find the sata plug on motherboard


A SATA harddrive uses a SATA power cable,

(15-pins, long connector. Harddrive side connector is usually a 90 degree elbow,

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

Cables are usually Red with Black connectors, but cable, and connectors can be ANY color )

,and a SATA Data cable,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA

A SATA Data cable has the shorter connector. It has 7-pins.

{ SATA power cable provides power to the SATA harddrive.
The SATA Data cable is the information cable. Data,..information, is transferred back, and forth across this cable }

This is a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable. The connector on the end of the cable is referred to as a 'Molex' connector.
(It is a misnomer. Molex was the first design name, from the first company who made it. The name stuck. Kind of like calling an open-end adjustable wrench, a Crescent wrench ),

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

IF, the SATA harddrive has a provision for plugging in a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable, AND a SATA power cable,

ONLY USE JUST THE SATA POWER CABLE

Otherwise you will burn up the SATA harddrive. (Maybe not right away, but I assure you it eventually will happen)

The connectors on the end of the SATA power cable, and SATA Data cable, have an L shape on the inside.

This L shape needs to be matched up with the L shape on the harddrive for the SATA power cable, and harddrive AND motherboard, for the SATA Data cable.

The beauty of SATA technology;

IF, there is more than one SATA connector (Header) on the motherboard, the harddrive can be plugged into ANY one of them.

For example if there are 4 SATA headers on the motherboard;
They can be labeled SATA 1, SATA 2, SATA 3, and SATA 4,
OR,
SATA 0, SATA 1, SATA 2, and SATA 3.

The harddrive usually plugs into SATA 0, or SATA 1.

With the SATA technology however, you can plug into ANY of them, and BIOS will find the device. (In this case a harddrive)

For the HP Compaq Business Desktop D330 computer, the motherboard is an Asus A8SN-CF (HP/Compaq name = Phoenix),

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&docname=c00858789&product=321856#N31

All I see is one SATA header (Connector) on the motherboard. It is at the top right area, and is Black in color.
(Right below the thin green label on the edge of the motherboard, at the top. Third connector from the right)

Go down, and click on the + sign to the left of -
Motherboard Layout.

Look at the Top, and third connector over from the Right side.
You can barely make out - SATA1.

Motherboard installed in the computer case, the SATA 1 header (Connector) is at the Bottom of the motherboard.
Third connector (Black) over from the left side.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
(Remember, there is NO such thing as a silly question)

Regards,
joecoolvette

Jan 16, 2012 | HP Compaq Business Desktop d330

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Recently changed the power supply. There is no video output. Where can I download the motherboard schematic?


Right here at HP Support,

1) Motherboard Specifications:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00361570&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&lc=en&product=459491

Scroll the page down to the top view illustration, and photo.

A) The motherboard uses a 24-pin ATX main power cable.
In the illustration the connector on the motherboard is on the right side.
It is an empty rectangular box with ATX Power Connector in it.

On the motherboard photo it is the rectangular white connector with two rows of 10 socket holes, and is to the bottom right of ram memory slot 2.

Another example of a 24-pin ATX main power cable,

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

Ensure that the 24-pin ATX main power cable's connector, is locked into place on the motherboard's connector. The lock tab on the main power cable must be hooked over the tab on the motherboard connector. This ensures that the main power cable is in all the way.

B) The motherboard uses a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable.
The connector on the motherboard is a white square connector, with 4 socket holes.

In the illustration it is to the bottom left corner of the Processor socket (LGA 775), and has ATX12V underneath it. This power cable's connector also has a lock tab.
Another example of a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

Power TO the motherboard, that's it.

Power FROM the motherboard:

C) System Fan, and CPU (Processor) Fan.

Abbreviated as SYS_FAN, and CPU_FAN to the bottom left of the ATX12V connector.
(4-pin ATX +12 Volt connector on the motherboard)

The System Fan is the computer case fan.
CPU Fan is the Processor fan.

D) The four SATA headers on the bottom right in the photo, (Blue, Orange, Black, and White), are for the SATA data cables.
They connect to a SATA harddrive, or SATA optical drive. (CD/DVD drive)
(They are an L shaped connector inside, with 7 pins inside)

Power for these SATA devices comes from the Power Supply.
The Power Supply has SATA power cables.
Example of an average SATA power cable,

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

(L shaped connector with 15 pins inside. The longer connector between a SATA data cable, and a SATA power cable )

Did you forget which SATA data cable plugs into where, on the motherboard?
Don't sweat it.

The beauty of SATA is that you can plug the harddrive's SATA data cable into ANY of the SATA headers (Connectors) on the motherboard, and BIOS will find it.
Same with a SATA optical drive, or any SATA device, for that matter.

IF, your SATA harddrive has a place on the back for BOTH, a SATA power cable, and a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable, ONLY use the SATA power cable.

Using both will eventually burn out the SATA harddrive!

Example of a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable, (Misnomered as 'Molex'),

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

From there the main optical drive, (CD/DVD drive), has to have the audio cable plugged into the audio connector on the motherboard.
(Plus the power cable, and data cable, of course)

In the illustration this is the header down in the very far left corner, and located towards the bottom edge.
It has CD_IN marked underneath it.

In the photo it is the Black rectangular connector in the very far left corner.

If you didn't connect the 4-pin +12 Volt power cable, your Processor isn't getting any power.
No Processor operating, No computer.

No Signal on monitor.
(No video signal)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Jul 24, 2011 | HP Compaq Presario SR1430NX (PS566AA) PC...

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How do I install a new CD drive in an old destop computer It is an old Compaq Presario 5WV254 The existing CD drive has a ribbon type connector that mates up to the pins on the drive plus a 4 pin module...


The Compaq Presario SWV254 Desktop PC uses IDE technology, not SATA.
In the specifications for the above Desktop PC, it states ATAPI is used for the interface technology, and connector, for the optical drive/s.

[IDE is also referred to as PATA. Parallel ATA
SATA is Serial ATA.
The PATA designation was implemented, so that computer users could easily distinct between IDE, and SATA technology]

1) The IDE interface cable, (Flat ribbon cable), has a connector on each end with 40 socket holes.
(39 are actually used. Most of the time, one socket hole is blocked off. (Pin 32)

2) The SATA interface cable has 7 contact pins. Also referred to as a Data cable.

3) The IDE devices, (Harddrive and optical drive), use a 4-pin Molex connector for the power cable.

4) The SATA devices use a 15-pin connector on the end of the power cable.

More info on SATA,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA

The Samsung SH223C optical drive is a SATA device.
You cannot just plug it in.

IF, you have an open, (Available), PCI slot on the motherboard, you can use a SATA adapter card.
The SATA adapter card plugs into the PCI slot, and has the necessary connections on the card, for a SATA interface cable.

(NOTE*
Just for the SATA interface cable. Does not have a connection for the SATA power cable, you need.

You have to buy a 4-pin Molex to SATA power cable adapter, and connect it to an available 4-pin Molex power cable, on your power supply.

You will also need a SATA data cable. The interface cable that goes from the SATA adapter card, to the SATA optical drive you're trying to install)

This is an example of a SATA adapter card. It is not an advertisement for said website, nor manufacturer,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1281807&CatId=1455

Jan 06, 2010 | Compaq PC Desktops

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I have 3in1 USB 2.0 to IDE & SATA Cable but nothing to show me how to use this kit


SATA 3.5" 2.5" IDE 3 IN 1 TO USB 2.0 CABLE ADAPTOR KIT

1 external connection kit
1 internal connection kit

The internal connect kit consists of 1 red USB connector cable
and 1 internal white male molex connector to SATA female power connector
( 1 yellow wire , 2 black wires , 1 red wire )

the external connect kit
consists of a 3 pin power adaptor (with a tiny plug to save space) feeding a power supply which powers either IDE thru a Molex connector or SATA through a supplied adaptor. Supplied also are data connectors to link the IDE or SATA hard drive with a USB port. Use this adaptor set to retrieve data from a hard drive when it is not mounted in a computer.

Selah :-)

Sep 14, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Installing a new harddrive


Uses a SATA cable. If you're using an IDE harddrive that uses a 40 pin connector, there are IDE to SATA adaptors available.

The power connector is also different on SATA Harddrives.

Jun 18, 2008 | Dell Dimension XPS 400 PC Desktop

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