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    Can't install HDD for PC... how to?

    I know how to install a HDD, i just can't install this HDD.

    I have 1x SSD & 1x 500GB HDD in there right now. Plugged into these is a SATA connector from the PSU & a SATA cable to the MOBO.

    I got a new 1TB HDD ready to install. Ordered my SATA cable in ready to go at it & came unstuck.

    There's no available SATA connectors from the PSU. Except there is - but due to the cabling, it's way up at the top of my case & the HDD bays are at the bottom. Even if i put it in the upper most bay there's no way that last SATA connector from the PSU wiring is going to stretch that far down.

    I have a spare connector off the PSU which is possibly in reaching distance, however it's not a SATA connector. I think it's called a molex connector (4 'holes').


    Is there some sort of adapter that'd do the job here? Or am i out of luck? I'm wanting to use all 3 storage disks, so i'm not wanting to replace the 500GB with the 1TB.

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    You should be able to get a molex > SATA power adapter easy enough.

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    You can get molex to SATA adaptors as older/cheaper PSU's don't have any SATA connectors.
    Probably better off just getting an extension cable though
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/247113

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    Or:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/SATA-to-Mole.../dp/B000ZMCYQG

    (Seriously, Google is your friend!)

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    NRY, Wrong way round

    But yea, just buy a molex to sata power cable. Or re-do your wiring, The latter is more time consuming, but will be cheaper

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoop987 View Post
    NRY, Wrong way round

    But yea, just buy a molex to sata power cable. Or re-do your wiring, The latter is more time consuming, but will be cheaper
    Pfft, cheaper and correct:

    http://www.kenable.co.uk/product_inf...roducts_id=289

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    NRY's is the correct way. Molex to Sata, which is what he needs.

    I'd still opt for an extension cable though. If the PSU has a dedicated Sata power rail, why convert a molex instead?

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    Buckle, Nry's first one from Amazon went from a SATA Male connector (Or in otherwords, It plugs into the SATA power cable from the PSU) and converts it to a 4 pin molex connector.

    And buckle, It wont have a "dedicated" sata rail. They use 12v rails (And not all use multiple rails, My 1Kilowatt has only one 12v rail (Albeit 90A output)) And I think you'll find that the Molex power lead one will be from the same rail as molex lead one (Numbers used as an example) since most power supplys use dedicated 12v for the PCI-E connectors.

    Think of it this way:
    12v1 = 1 Molex lead and 1 Sata lead
    12v2 = same as above
    12v3 = PCI-E connector (Sometimes x2)
    12v4 = same as above

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    Thanks guys.
    Quote Originally Posted by nry View Post
    (Seriously, Google is your friend!)
    Tbh, i didn't know what i was looking for, otherwise i'd have searched the terms myself. I wasn't convinced of the names either other than the sata.

    So cheers all for the links.


    Looking at the job, it'd be a male>female extension lead i'd need, or female>male, whichever way round you prefer, which means that i'll buy in Geoff's link.

    The connector on the HDD appears male, which means the PSU SATA connector must be female, so Geoff's link should do the trick.




    On the topic of old/new PSU's, this isn't an "old" PSU, depending on what you'd call old.

    I'm pretty sure this is the one i bought back in Aug/Sept: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/530w-...ail-atx12v-v23

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