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No Power to SATA hard drives

Q: No Power to SATA hard drives

Sorry I must not have sent the last post correctly I am new to this site So I will try again I was getting ready to upgrade to bigger hard drive or drives Before doing that I needed to take the old hard drives out to obtain some information off the labels I did so and while they where out I cleaned the Mounting slots a little better than using just No drives to SATA Power hard air Having done that I re-installed them both When I turned on the power button the button lit up and the fans were running But No Power to SATA hard drives it No Power to SATA hard drives does not seem that the hard drives are getting any power as I can t hear or feel any thing Plus the computer is not booting No Power to SATA hard drives I don t recall unplugging anything other than the two hard drives But I also notice that I have a short cable bundle with two white plugs with three pins and one empty pin hole on the other end a black connection with with five connector slots with one middle on blank That makes me think that I unplugged the power to the hard drive someplace along the ling As I have a wire bundle that has two SATA power connectors that are plugged in But their are three white female plugs marked P P and P which are not connected to anything in that wire bundle I don t know at this point if the power comes through that bundle from the power source Of if I do not have the power plugged into the lope I hope that somebody can help me figure this out and let me know if I burnt out the hard drives and have to start over with my recover disk reloading windows and going from there nbsp

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A: No Power to SATA hard drives

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I have an ssd and hdd already connected to one sata power cable and was wondering if I can connect a third (ssd)?

I'm sure my psu can handle it!? but I just need some reassurance it can

Thanks in advanced!

A:can you have 3 drives connected to one SATA power cable?

Yes, if the cable has 3 or even 4 sata power connectors on it, you can use them all, the PSU puts out more power when it has to.
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Hello All

What is the difference between the SATA Hard Drive and IDE?. Which one is the best to buy.

-Seagate 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 IDE Ultra/100 - HD-ST3750640A
-Seagate 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3Gb/s - HD-ST3750640AS



A:Hard Drives(SATA or IDE? )

SATA is newer, faster, and better.
IDE (also known as PATA or ATA) is older and slower.

It is not recommended you mix the techonologies. It may or may not work depending on the motherboard you have. I have learned this from experience.
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I currently have a 80gb seagate IDE hard drive. Fair enough, does the job pretty well.
I've been meaning to upgrade for a while and what I've seen around alot lately is SATA hard drives. New PSU, it has one SATA drive connector, my motherboard has two signal ones. The hardware is there just I have a few questions:

1. How easy is it to set up the drivers on XP Professional, I assume it can be done without wiping the system.
2. Can I still use the 80gb one? (It will eb used to boot off, the SATA will be used for storage)
3. How can I find out if my motherboard has SATA I or SATA II?

Also, if soemone could maybe give a step by step guide, that would be ace.


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Also, if this were to work, how would I set up the IDE ones? Windows is on my 40 gig and my 80 gig has all of my games and stuff on it. I need to access both. Would I set both jumpers to slave and then just pick one to be on the end of the ribbon cable?

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I've just got a new pc, and I deliberately only got 1 hard drive as I was going to take out the slave drive from my old pc. However, being a noob I didn't realise that the old drive (it says it's an ultra sata drive if that helps) is connected to the mobo using an IDE cable, wheras the new drive is connected using the newer SATA 2 thin red cable.

The question is, can I have a SATA 2 connected hard drive and an IDE connected hard drive on the same mobo? I particularly wanted to put in that specific hard drive as I copied all of the pictures of my son onto that drive.

the mobo in question is an ECS P965T-A: DUAL DDR2, S-ATA, x16 VGA, 3 PCI/3 PCI-EX.

Thanks in advance!

A:IDE and SATA Hard drives

If your motherboard has an IDE connector, sure (although Tedster will try to tell you otherwise).

You may get some booting issues depending on the braindeadedness of your BIOS and the Windows installation. The only way to find out is to try
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whats the difference between the two

A:sata ide hard drives

IDE are also called PATA (Parallel ATA) drives. They typically use 40- or 80- pin ribbon cables to connect to the system board.

SATA drives are "Serial ATA" drives, and provide much faster throughput, but use a different interface to connect to the system board (typically a 4-pin wire, non-ribbon cable).
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I have a 80 gb Samsung HDD which has OS on it. I also want to install a SATA II 160 gb WD, but windows xp doesn't recognize the drive.

I have googled the problem, i think there could be a solution but they are so complicated for me. I should also say that I have an old motherboard which doesn't support SATA II.

After some searching on WD's website, I try to use a jumper setting but still there is the problem.
The setting I tried is like that:
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Any ideas?

A:IDE and SATA Hard Drives

I've had older boards that didn't see drives that were set for 3Gbps transfer speeds... see if the drive has a jumper to limit the speed to 1.5Gbps. That's what I have to do to get drives to work on my old Asus A8V-series boards.

Does the drive show in the BIOS, but not in Windows? If your SATA controller has a RAID mode, you may have to go into the BIOS and configure it for IDE instead of RAID operation. Either way, you may also need to install drivers for the SATA controller (with some boards, it will be different drivers depending on whether it's set as RAID or IDE).
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I have a sata 250gb hard drive and a ide 80 gb hard drive. I heard that in sata there is no master or slave. So what do u do with the jumpers on the sata drive, Do you just take them off or what? I want to have a partition on the sata 125 and 125 and have my windows on it. My questions is how do i set sata so that my pc boots from it and the ide is set to slave as a storage drive. Also my bios does not recognize the sata it only shows the ide being as master and nothing as being slave. idk how to set this up.

A:help with sata and ide hard drives

The jumper on the SATA drive is probably to force compatibility mode, i.e., set the drive to 150MB/sec speed vs 300MB/sec speed, as some older controllers won't work with the faster drives. Info on the jumpers should be printed on the label, or in the documentation that comes with the drive.

If your BIOS doesn't see the drive, it may need the drive jumpered for 150MB/sec mode, or it could be the SATA controller has been disabled. You'll need to search through the BIOS to find the settings for the SATA controller. There should also be some way to specify the SATA drive as the first boot drive vs the IDE, but that may not be visible until the BIOS can see the drive.

Jumpers on the IDE drive don't need to be changed. The Master/Slave settings only refer to how the controller refers to the two drives that it controls, not whether SATA or IDE is first boot device.

If you want to install anything earlier than Vista onto the SATA drive, you'll need to provide SATA drivers during the install via a floppy drive, or create your own install CD with the drivers slipstreamed onto the CD. The drivers should be on the Motherboard driver disk, or can be downloaded from the MB/PC manufacturers web site. Note that some motherboards have a BIOS setting that puts the SATA controllers into an IDE compatibility mode, so that Windows setup can recognize the drive without separate drivers.

If you don't have a floppy, this article is a good reference:
or just search google for install Windows XP on SATA

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A:OS Won't see other SATA Hard drives

Heh. I had the exact same issue on my first boot into Win8 Pro retail. For some reason, none of my other drives showed up. By SHUTTING DOWN, POWERING OFF, and REBOOTING, they magically appeared. You probably already have this fixed if you were the same as me.
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A:Can you combine Sata and ATA hard drives?

You can definitely use PATA and SATA together. SATA and PATA drives are independent of each other therefore the jumper settings for Master and Slave are not based off the SATA drive, same as PATA drives connected to another PATA port. Master/Slave jumper settings only apply to drives connected on the very same cable. So if the hard drive is connected by itself on an IDE cable it should be jumpered as Master(or Single or Cable Select). If its connected with another drive on the same cable then you need to jumper one as Master and one as Slave(or both as Cable Select). As to which is Master and which is slave, doesn't really matter in most cases although most people prefer to have the HDD jumpered as Master. Additionally, the boot order in the BIOS will determine which drive will be used to boot the system, so make sure after adding the PATA drive that not only is that PATA/IDE channel enabled in the BIOS but that the boot order still has the SATA drive as the primary hard drive for booting.
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A:Can't See Back-Up SATA Hard Drives

You need to go into disc management and format and consign drive letters/names to them
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A:BSOD with SATA hard drives

This is almost the exact same sort of issue I am having, was there any resolve ever?
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A:Sata Hard Drives Missing

First, if the BIOS can't find the drives, then your problem has got nothing to do with any software, including operating systems and drivers.

Try your SATA drives one at a time in another computer to make sure that they actually work.
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A:Mixing SATA with IDE hard drives?

You can easily mix ATA (IDE) and SATA hdd's.

It would be best to have the OS installed on the SATA as it is the faster HDD.

I currently have my OS on an 80GB ATA(IDE) and my storage on a SATA, but that's for my own reasoning. Best to make the most ofthe speed of the SATA drive. Just make sure when installing Windows that you WILL need to have the motherboards sata drivers on a floppy disc.
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It depends. Often they are oem drives - no screws or leads included.

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A:Questions about SATA Hard Drives

SATA is fully backwards compatible. All SATA 150 devices will play nicely with SATA 300 devices (at SATA 150 speeds).

The buffer size is totally irrelevant. Look at seek times (less is better), sustained throughput (more is better) and warranty (more is better).
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A:Change from IDE Hard Drives To SATA SSDs

I hsve 3 Corsair SSDs...I install/use them the same as I would any drive with SATA connections, with the exception that I reserve their use for operating systems/programs installed. I have a ton of other drives I use for data storage, backups, etc and I see no value in using SSDs for storage at this time.

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A:Connecting SATA hard drives to existing IDE PC...?

It should be very easy. First install the sata card into the working system. Install the drivers and make sure the device is installed correctly in device manager. Next shutdown and connect the drive. Note you will need a power adapter for the drive since sata and ide use different power plugs. The one exception to this is a WD drive; it has both power plugs on the back of the drive. If it is one of these, DO NOT use both plugs. Just install one power plug.

Once the drive is installed and power is connected to it, restart the system. You should see the drive in explorer / my computer; copy whatever you want.

The only problem you might have is some bios [ami] like to reset the boot device. If you have a problem, enter the bios and make sure the system still is set to boot from the original ide drive.
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A:Review of the sata 10000 rpm Hard Drives?

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It's most likely a power supply issue, not SATA ports...
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A:Changing hard drives from IDE to SATA With a RAID configuration

Windows XP is not capable of running SATA drives as either AHCI (single drive SATA mode) or SATA RAID without installing the proper drivers during the OS install. You would be instructed to "Press F-6", then insert the drivers with a floppy drive.

Bottom line, you would have to install the OS clean to do what you want to do, no exceptions.

You cannot change the drive mode with the OS installed in either Vista or Win 7 either, but the driver situation is a bit easier to deal with.

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Someboby can confirm?

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A:Are Sata hard drives natively managed by WinXP SP3?

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A:Adding a SATA hard drive to a PC with two existing IDE drives?

If the drive is physically fine the drive should work fine plugged into the motherboard. Does the motherboard have RAID and standard SATA connectors? It may be that with the drive connected to the RAID connector that you need to do some type of configuration prior to having the drive seen in Windows.

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Welcome to TSG!

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Hi Norm,

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Place the disks in the dock and use disk management to format/partition.
Rt-click My Computer/Manage/Disk Management.
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Hello and welcome rodo first up


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System Info - See YourSystem Specs

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A:System won't power on after playing with Hard Drives (I'm an *****. help!)

:wave: Hello & Welcome to TechSpot :wave:

If you hotswapped disks, then I'm afraid you'll have to take it piece by piece...

If you get any fans spinning (or any sound out of it) chances are the PSU survived...
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A:Turning off Hard Drives to Reduce Noise/Power

You can use a manual option like this, but make sure to turn off write caching on the drives connected to it to minimize the possibility of data loss when switching off. I would recommend this for drives that you only read from and write to only occasionally:


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FIX: AHCI/SATA drives showing in "Safely Remove Hardware"

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