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My new WD SATA hard drive does not have a 4-pin connector

I am trying to replace my desktop hard drive. I have a Gateway 510XL. My new WD SATA hard drive does not have a 4-pin power connector like my old WD HD. My question is can I replace the 4-pin power cord with newer style SATA power receptacle connector and use that to connect to the motherboard OR do I have to find a new HD with a 4-pin connector?

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  • nas2 Apr 28, 2008

    My old Hard Drive model is a Western Digital WD1600JD. I bought a new WD HD model WD3200AAKS.

  • nas2 Apr 30, 2008

    Yes, you are right! I called Western Digital and they said they no longer make hard drives with the 4-pin connector. (I bought the PC just 4 years ago in 2004, just an FYI for anyone researching the same problem.)



    Western Digital is sending me the SATA power cord for free and will help me swap the cords when I receive it. I thought this might be a possible solution, but since I've never had to replave a HD, I just wasn't sure if it was feasable.



    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question. Amazingly, no one at Gateway or Bestbuy was able to solve this, although the BB Geeksquad didn't really take the time to fully address my problem as the store was closing in 20

    minutes.


  • fuckyou857 Mar 01, 2009

    My Computer is 4-5 years old and my WD HDD dose not have the same cords! :(

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Hi nas2,

You can purchas a SATA power cord addapter that can assist you. The cord is called SATA Serial ATA Power Cable. Unfortunetly, Best Buy™ does not carry these cables. You can however google the cord and order it online for cheap.

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