Question about Western Digital Caviar Computers & Internet
I unfortunately destroyed my SATA (7 pin) connector. I wonder what is the third (15 pin) connector; could I possibly use it ? Thanks -jiri
In some cases an IDE connector is added to RAID Hard Drives or Industrial grade desktop computer drivers.. it's a backwards compatibility measure in case of failure.
Other driver may also include an IDE power source too..
Those IDE connections are also known as (PATA) or Parallel.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Unless you can find the matching chip and are good at soldering these small parts, it can be replaced.
Typically, I would suggest looking for busted harddisks (of the same model) and if their board was still good, just do a direct swap. I did this for a Fireball model HDisk.
Or if their board is busted, you can get the chip from them and, like I said earlier regarding soldering, solder it onto your Hard disks. This is considering that the only part busted was this chip.
Posted on Jan 23, 2008
Sounds like you have a proper adapter. Also thanks for the Vista info, although that's not helping it did rule out one major possibility.
Unless you have another drive to try on the adapter, or another adapter to try with your drive it will be difficult to isolate which one is the problem.
First thing to do is, with the drive connected to the new computer open your start menu, hover the mouse over Computer, right click on Computer then select Manage from the grey menu.
When the managment console opens click on disk management on the left then maximaize the window size. Wait a moment for windows to assess the drives in the system then scroll through the list. You should see your windows drive(it will have one large partition and usually one small one as well, a DVD drive and up to 5 media drives(they represent each type of memory chip your card reader can use.
Now look for a second entry similar to your boot partitions drive on the lower half of the screen(C: is boot). If the external hard drive is listed there you're in good shape, report back with all the details in the row that drive is on starting with the disk number
ex: Disk 0, Basic, 80GB, Online, C: 70GB, NTFS D: 8GB, NTFS
If the drive doesn't show up on the disk manager, go to the device manager on the left above Disk Manager, Expand Both the disk Drives section and the USB section and report back what is listed in each. You can ignore the entries in USB for USB host controller, just report them as there, how many and if they are listed as USB or USB2.
Reply back when you have this information and I will take you through the next few steps acording to what you find.
Posted on Jan 10, 2010
The voltages are right because hard drives use 12volts for the motor drive and 5volts for the digital logic circuits.
The only thing I don't know is the correct voltages for the various pins, there is a possibility it may not suit the LaCie.
This maybe a standard configuration for external USB hard drives, you need to check with LaCie.
Posted on Feb 08, 2010
Many USB power supplies will have the right plug. I picked one up by buying a cheap USB hub, What you want to look for (most likely on the bottom of the power supply) is VOLTAGE Output: 5.0 VDC, POWER Output: 1.0 amp or (1000ma) and the center hole is the positive side. I have even seen some BluTooth earpiece charges that supply what you need.
Hope that this will help.
Posted on Aug 08, 2010
SOURCE: i am having several sata
Many older sata drives have two power connectors.
The reason for this is that when SATA drive first came around many power supplies had many molex connectors and usually only one SATA power connectors.
If you were to need multiple drives this would force an upgrade of you psu or use 2 Molex to 1 Sata adaptors.
The simple answer is that HDD manufacturers did this to make life easier on the customer and to avoid any product returns due to poor buying decisions.
Please also make sure to only use one of the power connectors. Using both will likely not cause harm but is unneccessary,
Posted on Feb 28, 2011
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