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Installing a new harddrive

Does it take a special cable, adaptor or hard drive for the dell xps 400 since it does not use a 40 pin connector?

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Hey pnut10,

Most computers will come standard with one of two types of hard drives: IDE or SATA. IDE drives typically will use a 40-pin connector, while SATA drives will instead use a 7-pin data cable and separate 15-pin power cable. If you're not quite sure what kind of hard drive you have, you can generally determine its type by checking the hard drive’s outside casing. Many manufacturers will clearly print on a hard drive's main label its type, capacity and other important features.

Based on your description (and information provided by the manufacturer), you most likely will want to use an internal SATA hard drive. A good number of the SATA drives available today are sold with all the necessary cables to connect them to your computer included in the box, so you should not need any special tools or adaptors apart from a non-magnetized screwdriver.

Potentially the largest hurdle you may encounter when trying to replace your hard drive however, is the actual reinstallation of Windows itself. Not all manufacturers will provide recovery CD's or Windows installation discs with new computers, so you may want to make sure you have access to one or the other before disconnecting your current hard drive. In the event that you don't, you may want to make a disk image of your current Windows configuration using a third-party program like Norton's Ghost before proceeding.

If you're ever in doubt, I would suggest seeking the assistance of a computer repair technician. Remember that Geek Squad® agents are your local Best Buy™ store are generally able to install new hardware components on your behalf, as well as provide you with data back up services if necessary.

Hope this helps you out.

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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.

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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

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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

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David, this is the Service Manual for the Dell Dimension 3100 Desktop PC,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3100/en/sm/index.htm

Click on Removing and Installing Parts.
Click on Harddrive

1) Pull the SATA power cable out of the back of the Harddrive,

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

[ Note the L-shaped slot in the connector. Lines up with the L-shaped tab on the back if the Harddrive ]

2) Pull the SATA data cable out of the back of the Harddrive,

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

[Top example is a SATA data cable. The bottom example is a SATA connector on the motherboard. Again note the L-shape in the connector.
The SATA power cable connector has 15 contact pins.
The SATA data cable connector has 7 ]

3) Now press the blue tabs (Clips) towards each other.
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If I may ask, why are you removing it?
Post back in a Comment.

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IDE's it should be the last connector on the cord and not shared with the cd/dvd rom cord.

Sata's it should be the number "one" connector on the motherboard. The board is typically labeled and with numbers.

The new hard drives you should try putting them into "cable select" since you said setting them to "slave" doesnt work. It's a good idea to just go into bios to make sure those connectors are enabled. Some desktop bios are set to off or disabled.

Do you have a CD/DVD player? Sometimes I have seen they can interfere with adding hard drives. Why not remove it for the time being just to see if it works.

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pmarrs177 you are quite welcome!

I suppose I better post this as a solution, instead of in a Clarification.

This way when someone looks for this type of information, it will be available in a search hit on the internet.

Your problem and my solution will be on the internet for years to come. (Also easier to read) Congratulations! You'll be known worldwide as one more person, who helped bring the mysteries of SATA to be a little bit less mysterious.

Installing it as a secondary storage Harddrive?

Did your Acer T180 model come with a SATA harddrive already installed?

There are several different models of the Acer T180.
Some examples: AST180-UA380A, AST180-U381A, AST180-UA380B

Some of these came with a PATA harddrive, and some came with a SATA harddrive. (PATA is also referred to as ATA, IDE, and EIDE)

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The model version of an ACER T180 that came with a SATA harddrive, has these drivers already installed.

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BIOS will find the harddrive. Just one of the nice features about SATA.

You can use ANY SATA header on the motherboard. {Not shouting}
(A connection on a motherboard is a Header. This is what a SATA header on a motherboard looks like, doesn't matter what color it is.

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

{Top right photo on page)

The SATA data cable, usually has a 90 degree elbow on one end. This end connects to the Harddrive. Doesn't always have a 90 degree elbow, but most of the time it does.

The straight end connects to the motherboard. There are 7 pins used in the connector.
The SATA power cable has 15 pins.

Scroll down the page in the above link, for photos of the end connector for a SATA data cable, and the end connector used for a SATA power cable.

NOTE*
IF, you do not have an unused SATA power cable coming out of your Power Supply, see if you have a 4-pin peripheral power cable that is not being used.

(The connector end is referred to as a 4-pin Molex connector. It is whitish in color)
This shows what a 4-pin peripheral power cable looks like,

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

Buy an adapter power cable that connects to the 4-pin Molex connector, and has a 15-pin SATA power cable connector on the other end.

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If this square lug is absent, don't fret when you go to re-install.
I will advise you the way to do it properly.

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