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Just bought a HDD but when I went to put it in my machine I discovered that I don't have the right power connection plug thingy.

 

I've got plenty of spare power plugs, but they're not the right shape.

 

All suggestions welcome, thanks.

 

 

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Is it a Serial ATA drive? I'm pretty sure I got some spare converters with my motherboard (can't say for sure), which convert a 4 pin Molex into the SATA power plug. Can't find any on MD though, so I might have imagined it.

 

Hopefully (in this case) you have a PATA drive, in which case a http://www.microdirect.co.uk/ProductInfo.aspx?ProductID=2165&GroupID=97 would do it.

 

If I dreamt the converter, a new PSU might be in order.

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Does your board support serial ATA drives?

 

Yeah, I've already got two HDDs one of which is a SATA, but it uses the only appropriate power supply plug, the thing NQ has suggested should be perfect.

 

The only thing that slightly bothers me is that there are two sets of cables coming from my power supply, are these all the same voltage, etc, I'd have thought they were, but does anyone know for sure?

 

 

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Yeah. The only thing that converter will fit in is a 5V molex, which is what you want.

 

Basically, there will be multiple sets for the sake of stability. Each rail in the PSU can only handle so much power, so it's spread over several rails, each of which will be 12V (and possibly rated to around 20-30A). Basically it stops your PSU blowing, and taking out a terabyte of porn, which might happen if you had 8 things going on one rail.

 

The other leads vary in their output (20/24pin motherboard one), but you don't really need to be concerned in this case.

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Yeah. The only thing that converter will fit in is a 5V molex, which is what you want.

 

Basically, there will be multiple sets for the sake of stability. Each rail in the PSU can only handle so much power, so it's spread over several rails, each of which will be 12V (and possibly rated to around 20-30A). Basically it stops your PSU blowing, and taking out a terabyte of porn, which might happen if you had 8 things going on one rail.

 

The other leads vary in their output (20/24pin motherboard one), but you don't really need to be concerned in this case.

 

Thanks mate, I got one which plugs into the molex socket and provides two SATA sockets, it was only two quid, bargin!!

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Erm here's a really dumb questionfor you:

 

How do I install the drive? It's all wired up properly, but windows explorer can't find it and partition magic says it's unallocated. Am I being really dumb? Do I just need to format it?

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Cheers mate, that's what I'm doing, it's good to know I'm doing it right!! Phew.

 

It's taking ages though, it's only done 23% so far and it's been going for about 10 minutes.

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