Solved help with my hard drive, do i have the cables needed?

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June 11, 2012 at 11:40:20
Specs: Windows 7, 8gb
hi there,
i have recently ordered a new 1 tb hard drive and made sure all the specs fit my computer perfectly but today i looked inside my pc and realised that i do not have another red sata cable (at the moment i have two connected already in use to my 500gb harddrive and dvd rewriter)

there are 2 ports next to the hub in which the two existing ones are already connected that are free and say SATA6 and SATA 5 next to them i do not know whether this will work if i buy another connecting cable or im going to somehow have to replace my 500gb hard drive (which i dont want to have to do)

i have also just noticed that i do not have another cable to connect a third sata through the power aswell how would i get around this?

i am still a begginner at most things but ive done simple tasks like put in a graphics card and changing ram but i have never had to deal with the cables e.g SATA cables and how they work with harddrives

if you could help it would be most appreciated.
thank you
Jacob


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June 11, 2012 at 13:09:04
The items you mention from Amazon are what you require, and it looks like you have a free Molex connector. Just plug the data cable into one of those two data sockets - SATA5 or SATA6 - on the motherboard, and the power converter into the Molex socket then the other ends into the hard drive, and away you go. Touch the metal chassis before you handle the hard drive, just to get rid of any possible static, and try to route the wires neatly, like the current ones, so that they don't affect the air flow.

Can I take it you know what you need to do to make the hard disk visible to Windows? (Use Disk Management to create and format a partition on it.)



#1
June 11, 2012 at 11:57:50
You should have no problem using either of those ports. You just need to buy a SATA data cable. As for the power, you can get Molex (the 4-pin connectors) to SATA power convertors. You almost certainly have some unused Molex connectors.

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#2
June 11, 2012 at 12:22:49
thank yoiu so much for the speedy response... i know this is a bit much to ask but would u mind showing me the things i would have to buy??? maybe on amazon
if that is ok?

also are the 4 pin connectors coming from the power supply and white... they also are female, sorry to ask all this i just want to know what im talking about :S

thank u


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#3
June 11, 2012 at 12:49:48
once again thank you,
also if you take a quick look at this picture this is my computer and ive labelled what i think is what. but i now know which bits are the molex's thank you:
http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums...

also are these the things i need to buy?:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Molex-to-2-...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Serial-Sata...

hope you dont mind me asking you all of this its just im very interested especially about learning about all the components in a computer.

thanks again


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#4
June 11, 2012 at 13:09:04
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The items you mention from Amazon are what you require, and it looks like you have a free Molex connector. Just plug the data cable into one of those two data sockets - SATA5 or SATA6 - on the motherboard, and the power converter into the Molex socket then the other ends into the hard drive, and away you go. Touch the metal chassis before you handle the hard drive, just to get rid of any possible static, and try to route the wires neatly, like the current ones, so that they don't affect the air flow.

Can I take it you know what you need to do to make the hard disk visible to Windows? (Use Disk Management to create and format a partition on it.)


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#5
June 11, 2012 at 13:17:50
you are truly amazing thank you, is there a way to reccomend you because i will if i find how. i will order those 2 cables now.

and i do not know how to make it visible i remember reading something about going into the disk management then going to a blank disk and u have to right click it and do something but im not too sharp on it if you wouldn't mind reminding me that would be great?


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#6
June 11, 2012 at 13:46:50
Here's a link to guide you through the process: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/... . With a new disk it will all show as "unallocated" space, so you can just create one partition to use the whole disk.

Make sure you work with the correct disk! It should be obvious from the size and the fact that the new disk is all unallocated.


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#7
June 11, 2012 at 13:57:51
ok i will do that
thank you for all your help
it is really appreciated and i hope that when all the stuff arrives, it wont be to hard to set up.

oh one more thing i ordered a Gtx 560ti the other day, as it was my birthday, and was wondering how i would set that up because i have noticed that there are also cables that connect to this new graphics card i will be getting as it needs a bit more power to run. on the current graphics card i am using (gt520 2gb) you only have to slot it into the pci-express slot or the graphics card slot.

i have put a few more pictures up on photobucket and if you could have a look at them it might give you a better idea if i have that cable/s, or if you know what cables i am talking about could you tell me if i need any more converters so i can use the gtx 560 ti?

http://s1259.photobucket.com/albums...

this is the album of photos if u wouldnt mind having a quick look at them.

thanks


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#8
June 12, 2012 at 00:08:41
I'm going to leave that question to someone else as I don't have the experience with graphics cards and PSUs that some others here have.

I'd suggest you repost this question as a new topic to catch the attention of the appropriate person.


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#9
June 12, 2012 at 00:27:35
thats fine, thanks for all your help
ive already reposted and had a reply which i need to get confirmed
i have to pay another £50 it looks like which is annoing
but thanks
Jacob

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