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I'm building a computer. I get no response from this Maxtor Maxline III SATA150 250GB HDD. I've hooked up the SATA cable and the power cable. There are another 4 pins on the back of the hard drive that have nothing plugged in. Is this a problem?

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Need some more information to help you. Does your drive even spin up? If not, are the extra 4 pins you are referring to similar to the standard power pins on the PATA drives? If so they are to be used with power supplies that do not have the SATA power connector. You can use EITHER the SATA power connector(15 pin) OR the other 4 pin power connector. NOT BOTH !!! If the pins are not power connectors, then you are probably referring to jumper pins. Ensure that that all the jumper pins are open. If the drive still does not spin up, the pin 11 on the SATA power cable is probably floating indicating a delayed spin up mode. In this mode, the drive will need the PHY initialization sequence from the system before spinning up. You can override this by grounding pin 11 of the 15 pin SATA power connector. Refer to the attached picture for clarification. If you still have questions send me a comment.

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SATA Power Cable:
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MOLEX to SATA Power Adapter Cable (may have multiple SATA connectors as well): captainhawk1_7.jpg

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