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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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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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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

Oct 30, 2012 | Dell Computers & Internet

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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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I am having several sata hdd what i noticed is the third connector on the drive 1data 2 power and3?


most SATA hard drives have both the molex and SATA power connectors to work with every PSU (power supply unit). There's a good chance that your third connector is the Molex one, don't worry about it.

Feb 28, 2011 | Western Digital (WD1200BEVS) 120 GB SATA...

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How do i install a wdeads hard drive? where is the power supply (4pin Molex)?


I'LL TELL YOU UPFRONT i HAVE ONLY INSTALLED SATA ON A NEW SYSTEM SO MY ANSWER MAY NOT BE CORRECT IN ALL SITUATIONS
Question is vague. Are you replacing a drive or building a new system? SATA drives have a dedicated plug on the Mother Board. Of course you already know you can't replace an IDE with a SATA without an adapter (Ebay has them for about $8) or the Bios is incompatible. The power is on the Motherboard and does not have a connector from the power supply like an IDE has.

Feb 20, 2011 | Western Digital WD15EADS 1.5 TB SATA Hard...

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Intel D845GEBV2 can i use SATA to PATA convertor or a SATA PCI card. I need to fix SATA Harddrive


There are no onboard SATA connectors as i can see so you can either use a PCI-SATA card or use a PATA(Parallel ATA connector) which is the older grey ribbon cable used to connect the older IDE harddrives using an adapter which is very easily available at most computer hardware stores.The power supply will also need an adapter from the drive SATA power to Molex (white power ) Connector.

Power connector looks like this

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And the Data cable looks like this , the one in the image is a combo power + Data connector PATA to SATA converter.
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Jan 19, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Install IDE devices (drives / DVD / CDROM) sata


IDE devices have different "data" and "power" connectors than SATA drives.

So, you need a motherboard with IDE connectors, if you wish to connect an IDE disk-drive (or CD/DVD), and you need a motherboard with SATA connectors, if you wish to connect a SATA device.

Similarly, the connectors on the power-supply must be compatible with the sockets on the disk-drive (or CD/DVD) drives, so that the devices can get power.

You could possibly purchase a short IDE-to-SATA power-adapter, if you have a SATA device, but there are no SATA power-connectors on your power-supply.

May 29, 2010 | Intel Motherboard

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Does dimension 2400 support SATA DVD player


No, not directly. There is no SATA header, (Connector), on the motherboard, and you have no SATA power cable on your power supply.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim2400/en/sm_en/techov.htm

HOWEVER, you can buy, and install a SATA Adapter Card, and use a SATA adapter cable, on a certain power cable you have already.

The SATA adapter card goes into any available, (Open), PCI expansion slot on your motherboard.
(White slot on motherboard)

This is an example, (Not an advertisement for said manufacturer, nor website),

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2329305&CatId=1455

You will also need a SATA data cable, to hook that SATA DVD player up to a SATA adapter card.
(7-pin connector on each end of the cable)

As said, you can convert a certain power cable on your power supply into a SATA power cable. (15-pin connector, on the SATA end of the cable)

The power cable is a Peripheral power cable. It will have a 4-pin Molex connector on the end.

If you have an unused Peripheral power cable, an adapter power cable plugs onto it. The other end of the cable has the SATA power connector. (15-pin)

Will give examples of a Peripheral power cable, and a SATA adapter cable, in an additional comment.

Jan 24, 2010 | Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop

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