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How to connect your hard drive to your motherboard
The first thing you have to figure out is what type of hard drive you have, a PATA or a SATA drive.
PATA = Parallel ATA
This type of drive uses the older IDE connections. Most of your current motherboards still have aleast one IDE connection to support the ROM drives on the market that have not moved over to SATA connections but you can still connect a hard drive to this connection if needed. The thing to keep in mind is that you can only connect 2 IDE devices to one IDE connection on the motherboard.
Here is an example of an IDE cable. If you can see there are tabs on the cable to make sure you line up the pins properly.
SATA = Serial Advanced Technology Attachment
This type is now the standard that most hard drives are. Also note that alot of your ROM drives are switching over to this format as well.
Here is an example of a SATA cable.
In regards to power connectors If you are using a PATA drive then you will use the Molex power connector. Note some of the early SATA drives use this power connector as well.
For the SATA drives you would use the SATA power connector. Note if your power supply does not have this connection you can get an adapter that goes from a Molex connection to the SATA connector.
Next you will need to find the connectors for the hard drive on your motherboard. Below if pictures of the 2 connection types.
The Gigabyte GA-7VKMP motherboard does not support serial ATA SATA drives. Open the link provided; http://tw2005.giga-byte.com/Motherboard/Products/Products_GA-7VKMP.htm 2 x ATA 66/100/133 bus master IDE ports 1 x FDD, 2 x HDD and 1 x CD audio input IrDA(1x5) and COM2 on board GBT standard front panel 2 x USB2.0 connectors (support 4 ports by cable) You can connect the adapter below to an opened IDE port and connect a SATA 1.5 drive to your system. http://www.satagear.com/SATA-MM-A1_SATA_Adapter.html This should allow you're SATA drive to transfer data faster than the 133MHz standard IDE speed. Cheers' Mike
Unlike IDE drive cables, which allow you to connect at least 2 drives to the same cable, SATA cables only allow one connection from motherboard to drive per cable. You can connect as many SATA drives to your motherboard as you have SATA connections.
I have successfully connected a older. 20 GB drive to a computer with a 2. sata connection on the mother board.
Buy trial and error I found that connecting a power cable to the converter and the hard drive was the only way to get the Bios To recognize the drive. Done sucessfuly with a 40GB drive as well, Set drive to master.
If the old one is still conected you can connect it the same way if not here is how to::
Well firstly they are 2 types IDE (large connector) and SATA (small connector)
of an ide cable has 3 jacks 1 for the main board and 2 for IDE drives 2 drive must be set to master and the other to slave Set the drives by using the jumper on the back the instructions are written on the drives Connect the Ide Cable and then the power and turn you system on
IF ITS SATA connect the sata cable to both hard drive and main board connect the power cable and your done!!
NB:: sata ports are labeled SATA 1 SATA 2 etc
IDE are LABELED IDE 1 IDE 2
Ide is a large grey cable black connector SATA is usually orange or red and small
I'm sorry, but I couldn't wade through this bunch responses, so I'm going to give you my own.
You have 2 sata drives installed, already, so you cannot add an additional one w/o a bunch of wonky adapters, so use the IDE channel. You say you have an IDE rom drive. Well, there's a reason there are 3 connections on an IDE cable. One side goes into the motherboard, the other 2 into your drives. The motherboard side is the one furthest away from the center connector. I assume you have the primary connector connected to your rom drive. the 2ndary one would be on your hdd. Why people asked you why you're doing this is beyond me. It works, you'll have an extra drive, your preference. Whatever.
Let me know if you have any more inquiries.
To answer your questions from your original post directly, the other 'ide' channel is specifically for a floppy disk You CANNOT connect an IDE cable to it. And yes, you can connect an hdd to the slave port on the ide cable.