Solved Help reconnecting my hard drive

August 12, 2013 at 19:36:13
Specs: Windows Vista
I am having problems re connecting the wiring harness to my original hard-drive. A family member disconnected it and does not recall how things are supposed to be. I would like to get this up & running asap so my second-grader can use it for homework.

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August 12, 2013 at 20:15:39
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Usually you can only attach them one way. For the older IDE drives with the 40-pin connections one of the pins on the drive is missing. That matches up to a filled in pin hole on the wire harness. If the harness doesn't have the filled in hole you can figure out the alignment by looking closely at the edges of the cable. One side will have a red stripe along the length of the cable. That is the # 1 pin side. So you attach that side to the # 1 pin side of the drive and the motherboard. On all the hard drives I've seen the # 1 pin side is the side closest to the power connector. If you have any doubts at least some of the pins will be numbered on the bottom of the drive by the connector.

The power connector also fits only one way. The ends of its connector are notched on each end of one side and that matches up to the connection on the drive.

Sata drives have different connections but they too only fit one way.

If you need additional help, post back the drive model number and we can find some pictures.

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August 13, 2013 at 04:19:42

As rightly suggested by "DAVEINCAPS", let us know the drive model so that we can help you.

Meanwhile, refer to the link mentioned below:

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S

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August 13, 2013 at 04:50:06
There are only 2 cables (power & data) & it's almost impossible to plug them in incorrectly. Were the cables unplugged from the hard drive only or was the data cable unplugged from the motherboard too? It would also help to know why the HDD was removed in the 1st place.

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