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internal cable

by padyboy / January 31, 2012 9:18 AM PST

I have purchased an internal drive for my desktop. I now need the correct cable to connect to my microprocessor. The drive is a WD7502aaex 750GB.
It is PCI Express, but the retailer does not state whether it is 32 or 64 bit (my processor is 64). I have searched extensively for this information, to no avail. I have x1 and 16 slots availble according to the HP website.
I do not know where to turn from here. This was a bare drive, with no accessories.
Any assistance would be appreciated. Considering my lack of computer knowledge, I will confine all future threads to this location.
Thank you.

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Let us keep it simple ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 31, 2012 10:43 AM PST
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the drive is a SATA 6GBs drive and requires a SATA cable that supports SATA 6 (and it will be backward compatible if your motherboard only has SATA 3 connections).

You mention PCI EXPRESS and X1 and X16 but don't tell us why you are mentioning that as the hard drive fits in a drive bay and not in a card slot so whether you have PCI Express or not is immaterial..

Do you mean that you have also purchased a SATA 6 Host card for attaching your hard drive? If so we would need to know the manufacturer and model number of that SATA host card.

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by padyboy / February 1, 2012 1:31 AM PST

Thank you for your prompt reply.
I was not clear on what I need in my last email.
"Do you mean that you have also purchased a SATA 6 Host card for attaching your hard drive? If so we would need to know the manufacturer and model number of that SATA host card."
No. I am refferring only to the hard drive I purchased, bo cable included.
I have a SATA 2 drive, which is not relevant to my problem. I need a cable to connect the above-mentioned drive to my motherboard, which (according to HP) has both 1x and 2x, which are not the same socket type.
I have not located an explanation of the difference between x1 and x16. Form the pictures I have seen, the sockets are obviously different, which was expected. Can you tell me which cable to purchase? I have not received an answer to query at the seller.
It seems the more I learn about computer technology, the more I realize how little I know.
Perhaps there shoild be a new category of members, below "newbe", called "no-be".
"Do you mean that you have also purchased a SATA 6 Host card for attaching your hard drive? If so we would need to know the manufacturer and model number of that SATA host card."

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OK, you did not get a 6G SATA ....
by Edward ODaniel / February 1, 2012 2:46 AM PST
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host card so you will be using the motherboard SATA connectors. Here is a link that might help you identify the SATA cabling and the connectors on the motherboard:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCgFYNLzn18

SATA 1 is the original 1.5Gbits spec and SATA 2 is the newer 3Gbits spec and you bought a SATA 6Gbits hard drive which is the newest spec. All are backward compatible with SATA 1 including cabling but operation will be at the slowest common denominator. Here is a link to a bit of an education on SATA:
http://www.serialata.org/documents/SATA-6-Gbs-The-Path-from-3gbs-to-6gbs.pdf

Apparently you just need to purchase a SATA cable so I am linking you to one that will work for you. Note that it clearly states that it is used for SATA 1.5, 3, and 6:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119052

If your case and power supply does not have a SATA power adapter here is a link to a molex splitter that adds two SATA power connectors:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119010

This should help you to better know what things are and what you need.

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Re: connecting to motherboard
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 1, 2012 5:45 AM PST
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Let's hope your motherboard does have a SATA connector. If not, you can't connect your drive. If not you would have to buy that card that Edward mentions.
Better take your PC with you then, so the shop can put it in, install the drivers, connect the disk and mount it. They have more experience in this kind of thing than you do.

The alternative might be to buy an IDE disk and return this one. A motherboard that doesn't have SATA usually has 2 IDE slots, each allowing 2 devices. And a basic PC only uses 2 of the 4 for a hard disk and a DVD-drive.

Kees

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Kees, if he has ...
by Edward ODaniel / February 1, 2012 7:46 AM PST

PCI Express as he indicate he will have SATA connections on the motherboard. He also mentioned "I need a cable to connect the above-mentioned drive to my motherboard, which (according to HP) has both 1x and 2x, which are not the same socket type." and that indicates he has SATA 3G capability.

Of course it would really have been helpful had he mentioned the model in addition to it being an HP computer.

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specs
by padyboy / February 1, 2012 11:48 AM PST
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Pavilion a4310f
sn mxx00906wf
Model ay014aa#abl
bios v6.1.7601
Pack1 Build 7601
American Megatrends Inc. 5.19 10/02/2010
smbios version 2.5

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Re: specs
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 1, 2012 4:46 PM PST
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