What's the right Serial ATA cable?

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April 8, 2011 at 17:17:15
Specs: Windows 7, 3.00GHz/1.00 GB
I just bought a Hitachi internal hard drive (250GB, 3.5", 7200 RPM, SATA 3G, 8MB Cache) to replace my Seagate 40gb 7200 RPM Ultra ATA/100 hard drive because the 40gbs is too small. The problem is I don't have the cables for it. Which cable(s) do I need to buy in order to install the hard drive? I have an IBM ThinkCentre M50 with Windows 7 (Home Edition). Is it the StarTech 12" Micro SATA Power Adapter Cable as seen at Newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200464)? I only have the SATA power cable and not the SATA Interface connector. I need them both in order to install the hard drive.Thanks for any help.

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#1
April 8, 2011 at 19:49:56
I have a dumb question. If you had an IDE drive then does this computer also have a Sata controller to plug this new drive into?

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#2
April 8, 2011 at 20:20:28
Lol...I don't know...I asked on this same site was I buying the right hard drive for my pc and I was told that it should be ok. I thought it would be the same way to connect SATA as the ATA but I may have bought the wrong one even though I asked for help. But then again it might be the right one I just may need the right cables.

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#3
April 8, 2011 at 21:00:56
I think I need a PCI-to-SATA card but even if I get one there's the chance that my computer BIOS and/or operating system drivers will not support it. So I might be wasting money if I do that. I think the best thing would be to exchange for an ATA hard drive. I didn't know the difference but I see that the SATA hard drives are replacing the IDE or ATA hard drives which are the older types. Does anyone have any suggestions from their own experience or should I just exchange for another ATA hard drive? Thanks!

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#4
April 9, 2011 at 00:46:35
According to IBM specs your computer has two SATA connectors on the motherboard. You just need a SATA data cable (e.g. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... That assumes there is a SATA power connector on the PSU. If not you will also need a Molex->SATA power cable (e.g. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... which combines data and power cables).

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#5
April 9, 2011 at 13:53:57
If you have this then no you don't have sata.

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/s...

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#6
April 10, 2011 at 12:29:07
@ ijack I have a SATA power connector already on my motherboard. I don't have a SATA power cable. If I get one where do I install it on on the motherboard?

@Jefro At the site you mention above this is what it says:

IDE controller :
2 Ultra ATA-100 connectors
2 separate channels, 4 drive support

Serial ATA controller:
2 serial ATA connectors
2 drive support

Thanks for all the help.


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#7
April 10, 2011 at 13:41:33
The SATA power connector would be one of the spare connectors from the PSU, not a connector on the motherboard. If your PSU doesn't have such a connector it should have a spare Molex connector (the 4-pin connectors used on IDE drives and DVD drives). You can buy cables that convert from this to SATA - the second cable I linked to combined such a converter with a data cable.

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