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Bad SATA data cable connector or drive?

System has been running fine for over a year, almost two now. I added another SATAII 2.0 drive and am having trouble getting winxp pro see the new drive. Any suggestions?

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Hi miss, is you're new SATA being seen in you're bios?
To check this. At boot up press the Delete key every two seconds until the bios main menu loads.
You should see the new SATA listed here. If you do not see you're new drive listed than shut down the PC & unplug the power cord. Remove the data cable & clean it with a cotton swab & some house hold alcohol. (no dripping). Wipe off both ends of
the data cable & the drive's connector. ( Allow time to dry).
Re-connect every thing & again check you're bios. If you're drive is listed than you can use you're current windows to format the drive. I gather you're current windows is running correctly.
If you get a error message from windows during format, do not worry, yet!
I suggest you download the drive's Mfg's software tools & use this to test & setup the SATA drive. Locate the white sticker on the new SATA drive. There you'll find the model number & serial number. Write the drives information down on paprer for later. You can register you're SATA drive later at the Mfg's site.
Most Mfg's have bootable software for a floppy disk & the same to creat a bootable CD-ROM disk so you can setup & test you're new drive which is what I am suggesting you do. You will need to disconnect you're other SATA drives while using the bootable software. (Just unplug their data cable). No need to unplug the power to the drive - (s).
I am sure you will be able to setup and test you're new drive. Once finished, reconnect everything. Double check everything before closing up the case. Boot you're system. Windows should see you're new drive.

Good Luck!
If I can be of more service, just ask.

Mike

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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.
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For additional questions please post in a Comment.

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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.

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This is an example of a SATA data cable,

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

Note the L-shape inside the cable's connector.

It also shows a SATA connector for the motherboard.
Note the L-shape on the connector. The optical drive (CD/DVD drive) also has this L-shape on it's connector.

(SATA connectors on the motherboard come in various colors. Color signifies what SATA connector it may be. SATA0, or SATA1, or SATA2, etc.)

Between a SATA data cable's connector, and a SATA power cable's connector, the SATA power cable connector is the larger of the two.

SATA data cable connector has 7-pins. (Contact pins)
SATA power cable has 15-pins. (Contact pins)

Example of a SATA power cable,

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

A SATA data cable connector, and a SATA power cable connector, may have a small 'bump' on them, that you depress with your thumb, when installing the cable, or removing. The 'bump' is a Lock.

Usually the cable end going to a harddrive, or an optical drive; will be a 90 degree Elbow.
The straight end connector plugs into the motherboard.

A Top View look at the motherboard in your computer,

HP Support main page > Product information > Product specifications > Motherboard specifications, MCP61PM-HM (Nettle2),

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01077676&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&lc=en&product=3436817

View shown has NO hardware on the motherboard.
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The SATA connectors on the motherboard, are to the bottom/right corner, of the Number 3 and Number 4 ram memory slots. (Blue)

Yellow, Blue, White, and Black.

Scroll down, and click on the + sign to the left of the blue -
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Using this illustration you can see;

Yellow SATA connector is SATA4 <-
Blue SATA connector is SATA3
White SATA connector is SATA2
Black SATA connector is SATA1

Due to standards set by JEDEC, and generally followed by all; the harddrive is plugged into SATA1.

HOWEVER, you can plug your optical drive, or drives, or harddrive, or harddrives; into ANY SATA connector on the motherboard that you want to.

The beauty of SATA is that BIOS will find the drive, NO matter what SATA connector on the motherboard you plug into.
Harddrive, or optical drive.

For clarification on anything I have stated above, or for additional questions; please post in a Comment.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/wst3400/en/ug/ug_en.pdf

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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.

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