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Need power adapter from SATA to 4-pin molex

Q: Need power adapter from SATA to 4-pin molex

I made a service call today to set up a new Dell workstation. It had no PATA drives, only SATA, and no 4-pin molex connectors on the power supply. We need to connect his 500-Gigabyte PATA (aka old IDE) disk. I have already installed an IDE (PATA) controller.

I cannot find a power adapter that will take me from the new SATA power supply to a 4-pin molex.

Anyone know where I might find one?

A: Need power adapter from SATA to 4-pin molex

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Howdy gents,
I've been browsing everywhere on the internet, but I just cannot, for the life of me, find a SATA power supply header to molex adapter. (As in, SATA female to molex male.) Do they even exist, or is there some voltage issue that renders such an adapter not possible?
Backstory, if you're interested:
I bought a new power supply while trying to address my Machine_Check_Exception issue I was having a while back. (FTR, it did turn out that that's what was causing the problem after all.)

Now, it's a nice Antec 400w that had a super-fat rebate, but I swear, nowhere on the box did it say it had four SATA headers. I expected one or two, maybe three at most... but this thing has four. I don't have any SATA devices, and I'm going to order some new case lighting and I really don't want to start using splitters or go ballistic with pass-through connectors. I should have done my homework before buying this PSU, but the rebate deal on this thing ended the next day.

A:SATA/Molex Adapter

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I am putting lights inside of my XBox 360 case but I need a molex power cable.
The DVD drive inside the XBox is SATA powered.
Can someone help me find a cable that will allow me to still power the DVD drive, but also power some Molex components?
I think what I need is a SATA pass-through cable with some Molex connections. I have no idea where to look. I've tried some google searches but they haven't helped. I will be very grateful if someone can help find me an appropriate cable.
Thanks a lot,

A:where can i find a SATA to Molex adapter?

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What are the pros and cons of using the standard Molex power connectors vs the newer SATA power connectors on hard drives?

A:SATA Power vs 4 Pin Molex

dking63 said:

What are the pros and cons of using the standard Molex power connectors vs the newer SATA power connectors on hard drives?Click to expand...

I know of no pro's or cons other than only use one, they both work
I think the reason behind the drives having both at the moment is so they can be used in older pc's.
In time I believe the drives will only have sata power connectors

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Buying a new power supply - the molex to sata connectors - how can I tell if I need the splitter?

On a stock power supply, is the output for a molex typically the same as for sata?
Would a splitter not reduce the output?

Planning on getting Antec TP-650C looking mainly for long term life/dependability[email protected]:20140321184236:s

A:Molex to Sata power connectors

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I have a Old Hard drive from my computer it runs on windows xp but i think i upgraded it to vista. I removed my 200 gig old harddrive from my machine and then installed it to my new one i havent used it yet because i need to buy a molex to sata power connector but will it still work or will win 7 (or bios setup) reject it ?

A:molex to sata power connector but will it still work or will win 7

i have moved you post to its own thread
Please do not "hijack" other threads - it gets confusing with answers

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Hi there, im wondering if there is anything wrong with running three hard rives off the same power source. Basically coming form my power supply (antec 550 watt) im looking to split a single molex into three SATA power cables for the three hard drives b/c i have the molex to sata power splitter to do so. This way the case can stay a bit neater. But am not sure of the reprcussions of doing so if any.

I can see in the case of a power surge that there might be an issue...but i think there would be an issue either way if there was a power surge. But other than that i think i should all right...i think. But id rather ask first and she what ya all say before i go killing three drives with one stone.
Also, with the SATA II data cables that have the metal latch for keeping from coming dislodged....can those work on drives that are only sata I. Well im sure they would work...but would the latch actually make the data cable from coming off easier if the drive isnt meant for it??
Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

A:SATA / Molex Power and data cable hard drive question

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Is there an adapter for converting a sata connector from the PSU to a standard molex connector? If not I may end up using some connectors from an old PSU and use inline crimps to connect the molex to the PSU.

I am trying to do this operation without cutting my cables from the PSU but Google hasn't helped me much by typing in "sata to molex converter". I can find them going the other way from molex to sata but what I want isn't there.

I surfed newegg and found nothing. Maybe if I knew what to call it? Anyway, if anybody knows of such a critter please post the name of it or a link where I can get some.

I used up all my molexs and need a few more. I have 4 sata connecters that I am not using now, but who knows about later hence the not "wanting" to cut and crimp.

A:Solved: SATA to molex?

OK, I have figured this out. I don't like using Y cables but I used one on my CDroms. My video card needs a dedicated molex, thank heaven I didn't buy the 6800. I would have needed 2.

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so i bought a computer. then i bought a video card. i need to hook the video card up to my power supply unit but there are no unused power cables. so i figured i'd unplug my DVD player (bummer but whatcha gonna do). unfortunately my dvd player is a SATA plug and my video card is a molex plug. so i need an adaptor. preferably one that will allow me to plug in both my dvd player and my video card. i obviously need a female molex for the video card but i can't tell if i need a female or a male end for the SATA as it's not obvious (to me at least) which end i've got. can someone help me out so i don't have to return my video card/ buy the wrong adaptor/ etc.


A:SATA to Molex connectors

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Hey Guys,

I have a power supply that has a bunch of 15pin sata II I have some old power supply's Im not using, is it possible to just cut the wires off my sata power jacks, and wire in some 4 pin molex?

A:15pin Sata II to 4 pin Molex?

Could you use these?

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Hi, I am looking to upgrade my graphics card and the PSU I currently have does not have its own 6 pin connector for use with graphics cards so I have been looking into this adapter

1. are these adapters safe to use and what is your experience like them in terms of reliability

2. as long as there are molex connectors in some way coming from the PSU will this work? as my PSU does not have 2 individual spare molex connectors instead it has molexes spare that are part of a longer series of molex cables connecting to the hardware which I have shown in an attached image which is a similar setup to my PC

As you can see I have circled the connected molex and the hanging molex and in my case I would like to know if I could use this spare hanging molex with this adapter to power my graphics card?

A:using a molex to 6 pin pci adapter

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My case fan from antec has a 4 pin molex. I want to connect it to the mobod to be able to control the speed with the mobod controller but need a 3 pin. Is there a way to do this?

A:Is there a 3 pin adapter for a 4 pin molex?

Something like this? Mycableshop

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i have a sata plug and a molex connector on my hard drive (western Digital 320) can i use the sata plug to the mobo, and the molex power connector, or do u have to use a sata plug and a sata power plug?

A:Solved: Hard drive sata and molex

You can use either power connector to run the SATA

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Hi Everyone,

I recently decided to try installing a USB 3.0 PCIe card into my PC

Having physically installed it I see now that it requires power to function, but all I have on my Dell Inspiron 530 are spare SATA power cables and a 6 pin MOLEX. No spare 4 pin MOLEX.

I figured that as I cannot seem to find a Female 6 pin MOLEX to Male 4 pin MOLEX that I should see if I can find a SATA to MOLEX option...

The above cables seems like they should work, but wanted to ask what people think before buying it and breaking my PC...

A:USB 3.0 PCIe: Gender changing 15pin SATA to 4pin Molex

Either of those adapters should work. If you don't need 2 Molex connectors I would say go with the single one.

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I am fixing a Dell 5100 desktop with a SATA hd and have an extra SATA connector in the frame. I want to use her old hd as a slave or secondary drive, but it is a molex can I hook it up?

A:Solved: Question about using a old molex hd as a slave drive in a SATA connector syst

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I had to replace my power supply..

Unfortunately, the molex power connectors
don't reach my 2nd CD-Rom.. Are there
extensions available ?


A:Power Molex Extension ?

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Hi all,

bought a new dell server,put in a hp scsi tape drive

the tape drive uses old power connecor (molex,ugly white 4 pin)

can i cut the wires and join them to an old connector to get the BTU working?

on the serial power i see 5 wires:

white,black,red,black and pinky brown color

on an old power connector (i plan to cut off from an old power supply)
are 4 wires red ,black,black and yellow....

how do you join it advisable to? i bought a sata to ide kit...but it didnt do the

any info appreciated

A:convert from serial power to molex

If there are any molex connectors on the power supply,
you can just use a splitter.
If not,something like this..
You could probably splice,but could end up with
more headaches.

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Does anyone know of a right angled 4 power molex power cable because i need it to plug in my Gigabyte X58-UD9 motherboard for extra power to handle crossfire graphics but its on the side right against the power supply and the gap is too small to plug in a normal molex cable

A:Need a right-angled 4 power molex cable

Do you know how I know you didn't try google with your topic?

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Two questions:
What is the voltage on the hot leads on a molex plug?
Saw some really neat stuff that could be used for modding on a car customing site. But it is all 12v (I guess) Any good way of getting PS output for 12v or am I better off thinking a separate power system?

A:molex power, 12v modding stuff.

Yellow is +12 volts and black is ground on a standard connector.

Seperate power supply would depend on your current power supplies size and output and the amount of modding load you plan on doing.

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Hello, i am 15 and very new to pc building and pc gaming in general. I recently built myself a gaming computer and the deal is I bought a nice case and it seemed to have everything that I needed it for and it also came with the PSU so I thought great! I built the system and everything runs and it's perfect. I put in my own MSI R7 250 graphics card (which doesn't require power) not exactly a powerful card to play latest games but plays games like CS:GO & League of Legends well enough but I want to upgrade to say a GTX 950 or maybe 750ti. The thing is most of them require a 6pin or 8pin PCIE connector to power the card and my PSU doesn't have a 6pin or 8pin that i can speak of. I have 1 spare Molex connector available on my PSU, if i get a Molex to 6 connector. Would the one Molex to the graphics card be enough to power it? I'm affraid it won't be enough power or fry it or something.

Thankyou so much for anyone that helps me!

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Hello, I'm new to these forums. I think I'm in the right area, if not I'm really sorry.

My problem is my pc won't turn on. One early morning it was already running, just fine running the scheduled virus scanner. Around noon when I came back to check on it, there was no video and I had to force it to power down/reset by holding down the power switch. After that, it wouldn't show any sign of life.. none at all, no noise, no crackle, no smoke or fire, or smell.. until just recently.

I did a number of tests already. This is what (I think) I've found out.

It does not seem the PSU is the culprit.

I brought the PSU to a shop and asked them to check it for me.. they said it was fine.
It worked in my friend's computer, which is identical stock-wise (mine only has a different PSU and one more RAM card)
Taking the stock PSU from my friend's PC and inserting it in mine did not boot up my PC

The red and black wires on the power switch is okay on continuity. This is proven with the next thing.

The computer came to life! Or I thought it did. Unplugging ONLY the P4 molex connector allows the PSU to turn on, where it was not before. There is no video however, and it doesn't seem like anything else turns on. Testing that connector, I get 12V which seems right.

This connector, when disconnected, keeps my PSU from powering on.
I've reset the BIOS on my mobo and the canisters on it look alright. After this, I'm not sure what else ... Read more

A:Power problem (turns on w/o molex p4 connector, but won't turn on w/ it?)

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would a 3pin y adaptor:

damage components?

how bout a 4-pin molex y adaptor?

what about an extender?

are they safe to use?

I saw that MAXIMUM PC used a Molex y-adaptor in they're "dream machine 2003" to split it so it could plug into the Hard drive and GeForceFX molex plug

A:POWER Y-Adaptor: 3-pin fan; 4-pin molex; they damage components???

These are very safe.....if it wasnt for these y connectors their wouldnt be enough connectors to attach all our addon's......As long as your power supply can handle all the extra addon's. Everything should work out well......

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Has anyone else here ever had problems pulling out a molex y cable, it seems completely jammed!

Also, I want to connect an x800 pro with a 350w power supply, I currently use two molex y cables one that directs some power to the two hard drives and the other going to the graphics card which is currently a 9800 pro, anyone think I might have a problem with that?

Thanks a lot.

A:x800 power supply question + stuck molex y cable!

ah finally got the damn molex y cable out. Anyone any ideas about the power supply yet? Thanks.

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Does the drive have an adapter need to remove to expose the SATA conenctors? I don;t see anything about the Y480 not having a standard SATA drive and laptop and desktop SATA connectors are the same.

Maybe post pictures of both the drive and your SATA cables.

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Thank u for any help

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A:Adapter to connect SATA HD to motherboard with no SATA connection?

You can always use one of these PCI SATA adapter cards:

A computer as old as you're describing will likely have an old type standard PCI slot, and NOT a PCI-E (PCI express). be certain to verify which slot you have, before you make a purchase. These are two entirely different interfaces, which are not interchangeable.

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Can someone explain what happened? I though you could connect devices while the computer was on without any issues?

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The tips I got with this Kensington 33197 power adapter have numbers stenciled on them like N3, N5, N19, etc. The tips sold on their web site make no mention of the "N" numbers and have numbers like K20059, K20050, etc. and there is no cross reference.

You can also see a complete reference for "N" numbers to all the laptops they support at the above link. Again, no mention of the numbers Kensington uses on their site.

I need a cross reference for these kinds of numbers.

Kensington referred me to their telephone tech support; but, there is a language or cultural barrier that prevents their understanding what I need.

Does anyone know of such a reference?

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I just picked up the above adapter. I comes with its own power source. I picked this up to get the info off of a hard drive from my old computer that is dust. The mb is shot but the hd is fine. Now when I hook up a cd/dvd rom drive to this adapter and plug the usb into my new machine with Vista, it detects it and shows the drive and it works, no problem. But when I try the hd it detects it, installs the drivers and then says it is ready to use but the drive or a new mass storage drive letter does not show up. Under device mgr it just shows the title of usb device not mass storage. Again, the attached hd does not show up under my computer so I have nothing to double click on or open to get to my files. Any ideas? My new computer all updated bios and chipset drivers so I'm pretty much set there.
Thanks for any help.

A:IDE/Sata to USB 2.0 adapter

go to control panel, admin tools, computer management, disc management

after plugging in the drive, select assign letter or add drive letter.

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A:SATA Adapter

Cheaper than an actual adapter (and faster)would be a PCI SATA controller card. This one has IDE connections as well.
Note that versions costing less than 35$ only come with SATA1 speed.

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A:sata to ide adapter?

I think a good solution would be to get a PCI card with IDE controllers. Of course, you need a free PCI slot but the card should have two controllers (connectors) that will handle two IDE devices each.

Click here to see an example of such a card. Mind you, I'm not endorsing this exact card since I don't have one. However, it's to show what I'm talking about.

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A:ide to sata adapter

Most of those adapters don't work right, sorry to say.

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He guys today i buy new optical bluray drive.but its interf with sata and i have ide port..

And i only want to know that the sata to ide adapter will it slow the transfer speed or burning speed..
Pls reply fast

A:sata to ide adapter

if their is only ide then then you will need an adapter so if it slows transfer speed not much you can do about it but get new motherboard. burn speed you will want to burn at the lowest speed anyways to get the best quality burn.

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A:Ide/Sata usb adapter

Quote: Originally Posted by alibren

I am trying to use a usb adapter to move files off my old hard drive (ide) onto my new system (sata). It does not show up in windows explorer but does in disk management. It wants to initialize the drive which brings me to the question of whether or not that will erase my files on old drive which I am trying to access. I have read thru several forums and have seen some yes some no answers, at this point I am totally confused, I can not afford to lose the files on the old drive. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Old drive (with data) is initialized (what OS?) and so should not be or you will lose the data. New drive (empty) may need to be initialized before use.

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I recently bought a USB to SATA/IDE adapter so I could backup data from several old laptop IDE HD's. Worked great! Now I am trying to use on standard IDE hard drives and I can't veiw the data. The system i'm using is running XP. Would anyone now why these hard drives show up in Device Manager as being seen as hardware but no data can be viewed?

Thanks in advance for any support on this matter!


A:USB to SATA/IDE adapter

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Are there certain adapters for certain laptops? I`m new to these and thought they would all be the same as the research i did on the net said nothing about there being different adapters for different laptop mobo`s.
The only reason i bought one was because my hdd died and i have a few spare ide hdd`s and instead of buying a new hdd i thought i`d try an adapter.
All info greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: IDE to SATA adapter

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A:dvd drive adapter sata to ide

Heres one;

Or shop around with keywords "SATA to IDE adapter" at and

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A:IDE to SATA adapter problems

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I'm not at all concerned about what may happen to the old hard drive, but I am concerned about the rest of my PC.

Thanks for any info on this.

A:IDE to SATA adapter - can cause malfunction?

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Can't get new drive on External USB to Sata adapter to boot

I just did a clone of my hard drive (250GB) to a new hard drive (500GB) using Clonezilla.

The dirve appears to have copied correctly except for signature conflict since I now have
two HDs with the same signature.

I took the 250 drive offline (physically) and attempted to boot the 500GB drive using the
external USB to SATA connector.

Window 7 logo came up, then gave me choice to "Start Normally" or "Repair"
Start Normally showed Windows Icon and then threw me back to BIOS.
"Repair" locks up (freezes) as doesn't recognize my keyboard.

Putting the 250 drive back, system boots as before.

1) With all this new "Secure Boot" and UEFI is their anything I need to do differently -- BIOS setting since drives are Not the same size?
2) Any idea what's up?


A:Booting HD through USB to SATA Adapter

If that is a W7 system, it should boot. I cloned my system the other day (with Macrium) and that booted immediately from my external drive.

A UEFI system is another matter though. With UEFI and on the high seas you never know what is going to happen, LOL.

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Hi all,

I just finished building my new PC, And a stupid error on my part, I just noticed I only have 1 IDE slot, the rest are SATA. Now i'm looking for an adapter or two to hook up my DVd drives...I tried a PCI Card with the option for IDE..but the dirvers would not install, plus i'm running Vista.

So bottom line can anyone suggest a good Adapter to plug in my IDE drives to my SATA ports


A:Recomindations for a IDE to SATA ADAPTER

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First of all, I know this is a really long post, but I tried to include all the information I've acquired so far. Thank you in advance for reading through this whole thing to help me

In anticipation of a new HD I'm going to be getting soon for my laptop (I hope) I've been trying to decide what to do with my current laptop HD. I want to use it as an external HD for storage (or maybe to boot other OS's off of, I haven't decided yet). So I searched through eBay and basically found two solutions to use it as an external HD: A SATA/IDE to USB adapter, or a HD enclosure, with different pros and cons for each. I also have several older internal desktop HDs around my house that I'd like to use as external storage devices as well, so that plays a part into what I want to get. I'm going to list the pros and cons of each possible solution that I can think of, and then if anyone has anymore that I didn't think of or more information about which setup is best or the questions I have, I'd appreciate it. I'm trying to decide which one is going to be best solution.

What I want: A way to interchange and connect internal laptop and desktop HDs with sizes up to 1TB to my computer through the USB ports. If the 1TB support isn't possible for my price range (Trying to keep it to $5 on eBay; no more than $10) then at a minimum it should support a laptop HD up to 500 GB. Preferably something hot-swappable, with as few cables as possible.Also, the more support for different types, connection type... Read more

A:IDE/SATA Adapter vs. HD Enclosure?

Sorry Adam, but I'm not very good on hardware so I wont be much help here. I've posted this exact thread over at TSF so you can benefit from the combined knowledge of the two forums:

IDE/SATA Adapter vs. HD Enclosure? - Tech Support Forum


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Hello, I am trying to connect my SATA DVD drive to my Dell PC Via "3 PORT SATA SERIAL ATA + 1 IDE VIA 6421A PCI CARD". My Dell Is an XP Home edition 2004 and when i Connect everything together the PC will not fully boot. I have tried connecting it through all three IDE plugs, i have tried unplugging all other IDE plugs and only using the SATA Adapter's and the Mother boards and i have tried using the USB's IDE plug but when i Boot the System it says that the primary drive 0 seconadry drive are not found. I have a way of powering the DVD drive Via Molex CK3 mini and have tried booting both with the drive on and the drive off. Once before, I had gotten the PC to boot by using the secondary drive's IDE and leaving all other IDE ports in tact and the PC booted but now i have tried everything and i can't get it to Boot again.

How do i get the PC to boot and detect my SATA DVD drive through my SATA IDE Adapter?

A:IDE to SATA adapter not working

SATA to IDE adapters typically do not work (or work properly) for CD/DVD drives.

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I just got my new Vantec IDE/SATA to 2.0 USB Adapter installed. I use it on my laptop to give me extra storage space.. or plan to.. this drive already has a good copy of Win 7 installed and i'd like to boot into it from the USB adapter so it will be easier for me to find out what i need to back up.

I did try to boot from USB and windows does start to load then crashes.. I don't know if it's due to the Vantec unit or if I just need to repair the MBR on the drive. The drive has been sitting in a safe place for about 8 months not being used.

A:Can you boot Win 7 from a Ide/Sata to UBS adapter?

There is a way but its not worth it if you ask me, Use the Drive as storage or send it to me, Ill use it.

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okay.. some partitioning with PartitionMagic went wrong a few days ago on one of my computers, and it won't boot anymore. In Winternals Disk Commander off of a bootable CD, I can see all of the files that I would like to recover off of my hard drive.. but it won't let me back the data up to anything but a floppy, which obviously isn't an option.

Anyhow.. what I want to do, is to use another hard drive I have, which has XP installed on it, to boot off of, and then rescue the files from the failing hard drive. My motherboard only has SATA connectors though.. and the spare hard drive is IDE. I got an IDE to SATA converter (Syba).. but it's not working.

When I connect the IDE with the adapter, the hard drive is set to master.. all cables are connected.. all power plugged in, but I get an error message.. something like, "Media Check failed. Please check cables."

Anybody know what's going on? I know the hard drive is fine.. I can boot off of it fine on another computer, where the mobo supports IDE drives... Could the converter be the problem?

I can't see the drive in the bios either... I've tried changing a few settings, but nothing seems to remedy my little problem.

Any ideas? I'd be thankful

A:IDE to SATA Adapter Problems..

You're saying you don't have any cdrom drives in your computer? That's strange. If you do, remove the cable from one of those and attach the IDE as a slave or if only one cd drive, attach the IDE to that cable as Master.

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I had troubles connecting my 3rd IDE hard drive (Seagate 80GB) to my new motherboard (Asus P5K). I bought a SATA->IDE adapter since the motherboard has only two IDE slots. That adapter was a cheap one. It didn't work. Strangely, once out of dozens of tries it did work, but only for one bootup (no idea why, tried everything).

Then I bought a new adapter, similar, but a bit more expensive and with some more leds on it for status reporting. It is also a basic attach-to-the-IDE-drive-model. The new adapter does actually work. This time, it fails to be recognized at every 10th boot or so though. The BIOS SATA recognition times out and the drive is not recognized. It will be recognized if I just reboot again (soft reset is ok).

What could cause this strange "random" behaviour? I have two main suspicions myself: the motherboard is faulty or the power supply is just at the limit. The latter is kind of not valid though in the sense that I think it doesn't matter if I add or remove peripherals, the behaviour will stay the same.

I don't think the drive is faulty since it worked fine with the previous system (different motherboard and power supply, no SATA to IDE adapter).

Now I also encountered a new problem: I get "Delayed Write Failed" in WinXP when installing a game. The drive will vanish from My Computer after that failure. I found many solutions to that and I have to try them one by one. But I was wondering if someone could connect the dots... Read more

A:SATA to IDE adapter not always recognized

I'd go with your assessment of an underpowered power supply. Do try disconnecting extra drives for a test.

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I have a Samsung SATA 250 gb HDD. I used a IDE to SATA adapter to attach the HDD to my Main boards IDE port. When I start the PC everything is fine, Windows loads normally and so on. But after 2-3 minutes the system totally hangs and then screen goes black. I had to unplug to restart the pc. Can anyone help me with this.

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This is a common problem (I see lots of posts)
The problem source is the [Dell] AC adapter.  PA-21 Family, 65W, P/N: NX061.  It is made in China.
I have an XPS M1330.  Using Dell after warranty service, replaced the Mother Board twice, replaced the battery twice, replaced the AC adapter twice - not fixing it.
Turns out the power warning message is very informative.  It states "Please connect a Dell 65W AC adapter or greater for best system performance".  So, I plugged in my Dell 95W adapter - WOW Problem Solved.
A lab test of my new Dell 65W AC adapter shows it to be 64.6 watts.  If this unit gets hot (like after several hours of use), it may not put out the full 65 watts - the system may not recognize the adapter, it may power the system ok, but won't charge the battery.
These units burn out after only a few months of use. Their cables are too fragile. If Dell's or their supplier's Quality Control can't produce a reliable 65W product - I found seveal "Made In USA" universal adapters.

A:AC Adapter - Alert - "AC power adapter wattage and type cannot be determined"

Well my solution was simple.
I just removed the battery pack and powered up my notebook. Then I turned off the notebook replaced the battery pack and VOILA. The error message was gone.

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am looking for anyone who has had the need to take a sata h.d. and connect to an ide system via usb.

i am getting sata drives with problems and i need to move the data off the drive but my problem is my systems are still ide. would be nice to find an enclosure that the sata drive can snap into and then with a usb cable i can connect it to my existing system.

anyone have any recommendations.

A:sata to usb adapter or converter or enclosure

To my knowledge external enclosures only fit IDE drives.
You could install a pci sata controller card in your pc to access the drive.

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My old laptop died of a bad hard drive controller but I managed to rescue the hard drive, so I thought I'd save money and scrounge up a laptop that didn't have a hard drive and stick the old one in. And without thinking about it any further, I bought one that required a SATA hard drive and mine was IDE. So far I've been unable to find anything so I have to ask: does an adapter to use a 44-pin IDE hard drive in a SATA notebook exist? I'd really appreciate any help anyone can give me.

A:Does it exist: Notebook IDE to SATA adapter

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I have an Inland Sata Ide Cable Adapter, trying to retrieve pictures and video from harddrive when I dock it to tower it does not work. I hear humming but no pop up box to or anything.

A:Inland Sata Ide Cable Adapter

Are you supplying enough power to the disk?? Many hard drives need more than can be supplied though USB.

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All the other problems seem to be the other way around.

My 2 DVD writers are on the primary IDE port. Had 2 x 80GB HDD's on the 2 SATA ports. Upgraded 2nd HDD to 320GB. No problems. Decided to use left-over 80GB HDD as backup disk. Installed an adapter. Plugged into secondary IDE port on motherboard. Did CMOS changes.

Booting up has three (seemingly random) results:
1. Boots up normally
2. Boots, but takes 6 minutes from "Starting Windows" to password screen
3. Never gets past "Starting Windows". This is the most common.

When it boots up normally I can use the drive. Formatted it. Changed label. Did system image.

Anybody had any success doing this?

Later edit: Tried with PCI SATA adapter and that works 100%.

A:SATA drive on IDE port with adapter

is Sata <-> IDE adapter set to master/slave or cable select? may help

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I am not sure if this is in the correct section. I apologize if it is not.

I am trying to install windows xp on a brand new hard drive for my desktop (the old harddrive fried). The thing is the desktop is an older model and only has the cables for ide hard drives, not sata. So I am trying to install xp on the sata harddrive via the usb adapter.

i tried installing it using the desktop and i got an error message saying your computers start up program cannot gain acess containing the space you choose...etc

So i tried installing it using my laptop and everything went fine until at the end i got an error message. i plugged it into the desktop and booted from the install cd again and it did recognize the drive and the newly partitioned space. So how do i get the desktop to boot from the usb harddrive. Or can it simply not even use the sata drive?

thank you

A:installing os on sata harddrive via usb adapter

i'm confused. how can you plug it in your desktop when it has no cables for it (or even supports it in general) are you using an hard drive enclosure on the sata drive and connecting it via usb and then trying to boot from it?

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Hi all

I've searched for the answer to this query, but haven't found exactly what I'm looking for. Apologies if this is a duplication and I've missed it.

The HDD died in a spare PC a while ago and when I finally got round to buying a replacement I unfortunately bought a SATA one instead of an IDE. In an attempt to prevent more money wastage, I decided to try an adapter to try and get the new HDD working.

I've connected it all up, but when I try and install an OS the HDD is not recognised. Can some kind soul please talk me through any possible solutions or have I just cocked up (again ) and wasted my money.

Thanks in advance

A:SATA drive to IDE via adapter - HDD not recognised

XP does not natively support much new hardware, including SATA drives.

If you have an adapter, then none of the BIOS tips in what follows apply to you. You need the driver.

Installing XP on a SATA drive
Install Windows XP on SATA without a Floppy
Resolving "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation
"Many newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the BIOS and check the 'Sata Operation' setting, change it to 'Raid Autodetect/ATA' if it is not already. Now try to install XP (Verbiage will vary by manufacturer)" - Courtesy of simpswr.

BIOS settings to try:
Claymore said:

you can change the controller settings in the BIOS.

Restart the computer and enter the BIOS.
The location and type of setting will vary with the make and model of the motherboard.
Here are some:

MAIN menu
Select IDE Mode instead of AHCI Mode


SATA Drive Configuration
Select Compatibility (Mode) instead of AHCI (Mode)


Disable Auto
Enable Combination


Set to PATA mode

IDE Function Setup
OnChip IDE => Disabled
SATA DMA transfer => Enabled

Onboard Device
SATA => Disabled

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I have a mini pcie mSATA card that I want to use for a desktop of mine. Kingston sm200s3 60GB

I believe there are only 2 options.
1. SATA > SATA adapter > mSATA card
2. PCIe slot > PCI adapter > mSATA card.

As far as 2. goes; I have found a card that fits into a PCIe slot which has an input for the mSATA card.

I know that this is not the ideal way to hook up the card but I don't see any more options.

Which is there better way to go or what am I missing?

A:Mini PCIe and adapter VS. SATA

Whatever has an mSATA interface for it will work.

From here SSD Kingston 60GB SM200S3/60G mSATA p/ Ultrabook,tablet - Atera Inform?tica

its a SATA 3 device, so for optimal performance you should use something that can guarantee enough bandwith to not bottleneck it.

PCIe bandwith depends from number of lanes used (a x1 card has one lane, a x2 card has two and so on) and the PCIe revision/version of both devices. The panel on the right here gives all speeds so just multiply that by the number of lanes the card has and you will find out its bandwith. SATA 3 has 6 GB/s of theoretical max bandwith, although actual transfer speed does not go above 1 GB/s afaik.

This Mini PCIe PCI E mSATA Intel Samsung SSD SATA 3 III Adapter Card with Case | eBay

this SATA III Dual Port to mSATA X 2 w/ PCI-e Bracket | MSATA-2XS3-BKT

are examples of what you listed as 1, and stuff I would orient myself towards if my mobo had SATA 3 connectors already. Because... hey, why waste PCIe slots for that?

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I was looking at this and a question came up about which I know nothing. What is the difference between these:
SATA to PCMCIA adapter
Expresscard eSATA
The intended use is to connect an SATA hard disk or SATA burner temporarily to a PCMCIA card for data recovery or burning an image of a laptop hard disk when the laptop doesn't have a DVD burner of its own.

A:PCMCIA to SATA adapter question

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Hey everyone. I have a notebook that recently died on me, and I'm trying to back up the data from this drive. The drive is a: "40.0GB SATA II hard disk drive - 5400 RPM, 2.5-inch form factor, 9.5MM thick - with bracket". I purchased a SATA to USB adapter kit, which claimed to support all sizes of SATA and IDE drives. Unfortunately, the provided adapter does not fit the drive. I tried to take a picture of the problem, but it's a bit blurry, so this may or may not help.

Point is, the connector on the hard drive does not appear to be a typical SATA connection. Nor is it an IDE of some sort. The only difference I can think of is that the HDD is a SATA II drive. . .are the connections for SATA II a different size/shape than standard SATA?

Anyway. I'm not sure what the issue is, so if you can point me in the right direction, I'd be much obliged. Thanks!

A:Problems with notebook SATA to USB adapter

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Hello, hi, I hope someone can help me too.

I have an external hard drive that no longer works. I have taken out the hard drives from the enclosure (there are actually two 500gb SATA hard drives inside, but the computer reads them as one 1tb drive) and they can be read by an external dock that I already own (so I know that the hard drives still work at least).

My problem is that because of how the drives worked inside the enclosure they originally came with, the data is spread across both drives meaning I can't open or move the vast majority of it, because I can't connect both drives at once.

Does anyone here know of an adapter, or dock, or cable or converter that would allow me to connect both drives, but most importantly, have read the computer read them as one drive? I've found docks that have two slots, but I can't find any confirmation that these would read two drives as one. Is what I'm looking for even a thing?

Thanking you in advance.

A:Twin (2) SATA Adapter/Connector

Some pics would help..........

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I recently purchased a SATA to USB adapter in order to get some files from my old hard drives to my new laptop. The adapter works fine and I can access all the files of my old HDD's.

I also want to boot to my old hard drive but there seems to be something wrong. I changed the boot order in BIOS and selected the SATA to USB device as first option but when my laptop tries to boot, I only get the Windows 7 logo and then it restarts and asks to 'Repair computer' or 'Start Windows Normally'. I selected both options but it always ends up doing the same thing over and over. What could be the issue for that since my hard drive was booting just fine on my old computer?


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I have one Hiitachi Hard drive with data on it from my old computer.
I would like to transfer the data from this hard drive to my new computer.
For that I bought a USB IDE/SATA adapter from VZTEC, VZ-UA2259.

The old hard drive has two partitions. On the first Partition is Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. The second partition contains no system, just data.

Problem: I connected the Adapter with the old hard drive, plugged it in and I saw the two partitions. I was able to download some data. Automatically a driver was installed for the new hardware.
I disconnected the old hard drive to continue the next day.
Next day, I connected the old hard drive to my new computer and the partitions were not shown. Instead I got a message asking me to format the two partitions.
I disconnected the drive and re-connected it...Same problem.

I went to my second computer, also W7 HP64bit, Connected the hard drive.
First time worked, I saw the two partitions of my old hard drive. All following attempts failed to connect the disk.

What am I doing wrong?

A:USB IDE/SATA adapter, Connection problem.

If you can locate the HDD in "MyComputer" (WinKey + E) , then "Right-click" - "Properties" - "Tools" and schedule a CHKDSK for the faulty HDD after repairs has been made remove & reinsert.Post back!!

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I purchased a used Latitude E6230 laptop from my employer. They took out the HDD and I have a new one to install. Apparently an adapter is needed to convert the HDD SATA (horizontal) to the motherboard SATA (vertical).
Unfortunately I can't find it on DELL's site. Any idea how I can solve this? Thanks.

A:Latitude E6230 HDD SATA adapter

You need a HDD SATA interposer: Y5GVV - BRIDGE, CONVERTER, SATA TO MB, E6220
I've ordered a compatible one here:
And it works fine.
P.S.: Or you could search "hdd interposer E6230" or "SATA interposer E6230" or even "E6230" and choose needed part from one of the stores you like.

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I'm looking to purchase in the UK a powered USB to IDE/SATA lead and having looked on ebay and amazon, I have not seen a unit with a decent set of reviews and UK plug

anyone actually purchased on of these units and could recommend a good quality unit.
I intend to use on customer provided harddrives, to attempt to recover data, so do not really want a low quality unit - read about a couple damaging the harddrive - which is the last thing I need

any now compatible with USB3


A:Solved: USB to Sata/IDE powered adapter recommendations

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I have been trying to recover files from a corrupted hard drive. No OS will boot on it, scandisk freezes on trying to correct index errors, HDD Regenerator shows no bad sectors.

The only option left that I can see is using an adapter and trying to pull the files off through a pc, but this hard drive, Seagate Momentus ST9160821AS, has a interface that I am not farmiliar with.

I do have an IDE converter for laptops but it interfaces with pins, and I cant find a converter that fits with this one, probably because its SATA NCQ. Is there another name for this kind of adapter that i can't find?

Here are some pictures of the interface, hope somone can give me some info on it.


A:SATA/NCQ Laptop Hard drive adapter

You could buy an external USB Sata enclosure for the notebook drive, and access it that way. This Seagate drive should be replaced under warranty (5 year)

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ok my friend has a device to be able to use a IDE internal drive externally
via the usb port i was wondering would something like that be able to be found for a sata drive. The case i have only has 2 slots for sata and it came with a dvd lite scribe burner and a HD both sata but I unhooked the burner for now so i can use my other sata drive that already had my apps and music,movies on it from another pc. the cd burner that is hooked up is a reg ide I dont know what the name of the device he is using or if it even has a name but its pretty neat has a power cord for it and you put the hard drive in it well slide it in and he hooks the internal drive to the usb port thru it.

A:SATA hard drive external adapter

This one.


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i have a Dell 280 with a IDE Hard drive. I want to change to a Sata drive using one of these adapters. Dell has one for $17.99. Do these things actual work without reducing H/D speed and has any one used/ tried one?

A:Male ide hard drive to sata adapter

Add your link to the adapter, please.

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Just built a moderate spec gaming PC from scratch, and all has went according to plan except when I try to install Windows 7, my hard drive won't show up.
My new motherboard doesn't have any IDE slots, but I only have an IDE hard drive. I am using a 'Pluscom Serial ATA PCI Adapter' to connect my hard drive to the computer as it has 1 IDE slot on it. I don't have a disc for drivers and don't know where to start.
I am running Ubuntu on it at the moment so I can download any drivers I may need.
Thanks for any help in advance

A:Installation won't detect my PCI adapter for IDE & SATA drives

Does the hard drive show up in the BIOS? That card may have its own BIOS menu that you will have to access to set the correct boot order. My IDE RAID card had its own BIOS setup menu that I had to access during boot up. It had its own drive detection etc. Watch your screen during boot up and you may see a message telling you what key to press to enter its setup menu. Did it come with any documentation or a driver disk?

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I have an old machine with only 2 SATA connectors and 2 PATA connectors. I need to install 3 hard drives. I don't have any PATA hard drives so I got an SATA->PATA adapter. I installed Win 8 on the hard drive connected to the adapter and it was running fine. I decided to replace the OS hard drive with a SanDisk 64G SSD and ran into problems.

So I decided to go for a fresh installation. I booted via a USB drive and installed Win 8.1 on the SSD. After reboot, it goes directly into recovery and reports an IO error. Has anyone seen this before? Thanks.

A:Boot goes to recovery. SSD via SATA->PATA adapter

Windows 8.1 is not happy on older PC's.
New Windows 8.1 requirements strand some users on 8

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I bought awhile back a sata/ide to USB adapter. It seems to be a pain to get drives to show up in explorer a lot of the time, it doesn't simply show up right away, so I start replugging things trying to get the particular drive to show up. Is there some item out there (inexpensive) that will allow me to connect 3.5 and 2.5 inch internal drives via USB to my laptop that isn't as bad as the adapter I use?

A:Best inexpensive SATA/IDE internal to USB adapter device?

What adapter do you use?

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I just brought this product to get access to one of my hard drives and I am simply unable to get it working on my windows 7. the directions are useless, theres nothing about windows 7, only xp and vista. I seriosly hope theres a answer to getting this functioning for me. thanks for your help

A:sabrentz usb 2.0 sata/ide hard drive adapter

Hi frusterateDUDE, welcome to the forum
Have a look here; SABRENT USA / Computer peripherals and accessories / Product support page and see if they have newer drivers

I guess it is a cable device? more details would help

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When I installed a TF III GTX 570 video card I lost my PCIE-X1 slot and 1 SATA port on the Inspiron 530 Foxconn G33-M03 MOBO I am still running. Now aside from the fact that I need to upgrade the MOBO...

I added a Rosewill RC-209-EX PCI-SATA adapter (SiL3114) to gain back 4 SATA ports.

The card is working fine. It is slow compared to the MOBO SATA ports but I expected that. I have a Seagate 500GB HDD and an Optiarc DVD R/W drive attached to it.

BUT..... I can not boot from either device. They do not appear in the boot options....

Based on my reading I got the "NON-RAID" (IDE/ATA emulation) BIOS from Silicon Image and flashed the card's BIOS since I will not be using it for RAID. It is just for more SATA ports.

Should I be able to "see" the PCI-SATA card and its attached devices in the 530's BIOS Setup Screen? Is it a limitation of my Dell neutered BIOS?

The RC-209-EX documentation specifically states it "supports" CD/DVD drives.

There is plenty written about booting from a RAID array configured to the RC-209-EX but very little about booting from single device.

Any input would be appreciated. I have already tried several things but with no luck.

A:Cannot boot from devices on RC-209-EX (SiL3114) PCI-SATA Adapter

Well to answer my own question.

The RC-209-EX PCI-SATA controller requires a MOBO with a BIOS that supports booting from a SCSI Contoller. It would seem that the Dell Inspiron 530 FoxConn G33-M03 MPBO does not.

Now that that is settled I can just configure it for the additional storage which is what I really need anyway.

As a side note, Rosewill technical support said that not all OD devices will work with it even though the documenation states that the RC-209-EX "now supports DVD/CD drives". I can state that my Optiarc DVD/RW drive seems to work fine with it though I will move it back to a MOBO SATA port in case I do need to boot from it.

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I'm looking for help in understanding why my external 3TB WD My Book is working just fine with Win7 Pro 64bit. My PC is a Dell Precision 690, and only supports USB 2.0.

I have a new 3TB WD Green "internal" drive. Plugging it in to the PC I hit the "only 746GB seen" issue one can Google about. I expected this. The BIOS doesn't support larger than 2TB. But when I plug the drive in via a USB-SATA adapter, I still only see 746GB. I've been using these types of USB-SATA adapters for years. Internal drives are cheaper and I never need more than one plugged in at a time. The drives are mostly for backup, and (for <= 2TB) like the flexibility of being able to plug them in for higher speeds when needed.

The USB-SATA is USB 2.0 only. I'm _guessing_ that's the issue, but rather check with others here. Before I go an get an USB 3.0-SATA, someone might be able to clue me in on other things to look out for.

Given the PC itself can only support USB 2.0, now I'm curious why the MyBook 3TB even works. There is important data backed up on it.

Any ideas?

A:Why WD 3TB USB MyBook works, 3TB via USB-SATA adapter doesn't

Given the PC itself can only support USB 2.0, now I'm curious why the MyBook 3TB even works.

USB 3.0 is backwards compatible. MyBook will just operate at the lower limits of USB 2.0.

Are you seeing the same size limit on your MyBook as your Green?

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In the past I've migrated 7 from one hdd to another by doing a backup to a usb drive, then swapping the drives and restoring to the new one.

What I need to do now is a twist on that. My MB is one of the new p67s that has the faulty intel sata ports, and will eventually be recalled. The 4 6Gps sata ports on the board are not affected by the chipset problem, so i plan on just using them instead(plus i just got a 6G seagate drive that I wanted to use anyway).

What I envision happening is restoring to the new drive on an entirely different sata adapter and port #, and the system not booting. I assume i could get around this by booting to a command prompt and using bcedit, but am not 100% on that.

Can someone recommend a good way to do this, or if my idea sounds fine, confirm it?


A:Need advice moving a win7 install to a new HDD and sata adapter.

Quote: Originally Posted by dronf

In the past I've migrated 7 from one hdd to another by doing a backup to a usb drive, then swapping the drives and restoring to the new one.

What I need to do now is a twist on that. My MB is one of the new p67s that has the faulty intel sata ports, and will eventually be recalled. The 4 6Gps sata ports on the board are not affected by the chipset problem, so i plan on just using them instead(plus i just got a 6G seagate drive that I wanted to use anyway).

What I envision happening is restoring to the new drive on an entirely different sata adapter and port #, and the system not booting. I assume i could get around this by booting to a command prompt and using bcedit, but am not 100% on that.

Can someone recommend a good way to do this, or if my idea sounds fine, confirm it?


Hello dronf, and welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

You have left out lots of info that would help answer your question. Is this a Desktop Computer? A laptop?

With my desktop, I use a second hard drive to save an image created by Windows Seven backup utility. When the OS hard drive failed, I just swapped for a new hard drive, booted to my 7 install DVD, and restored the OS to the new hard drive.

You could do something similar and just as easy. You have the choice of saving the image on either the old hard drive or the new hard drive. If you do not have an install DVD, have Windows 7 make you a repair CD for ... Read more

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I am using an HP Pavilion dv6 running Windows 10.

I have retrieved a 500GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue HDD from another Windows laptop. This is the main hard drive with the OS installed.

When still in that laptop, the computer won't boot up at all. It brings up the very first screen for about five seconds, and then the entire laptop powers down, then repeats infinitely.

I am using a Apricorn brand USB to SATA adapter to read the HD externally. The adapter works and is working properly, having tested with another drive.

When I plug the adapter in, the drive spins up almost immediately a "G" partition appears in "Devices and Drives" on my laptop. This partition is labeled "System Reserved" and is 100MB in size with no data on it.

A minute or so later an "H" partition appears, but that's the extent of it. A green loading bar starts at the top, fills, and just sits there loading. If I try to click on the H drive to open it, a spinning wheel appears and it seems to try but nothing happens. If I right click on the drive and click properties, nothing comes up.

If I try to open Disk Management while the disk is plugged in, the window opens but it just hangs at "Loading Virtual Disc" but won't open up.

I attempted to run ChkDsk from the dos prompt. When I type CHKDSK G: it says it finds no problems. When I type CHKDSK H: it just hangs there (surprise surprise.)

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I have a SATA 250Gb Seagate HDD from my desktop. Since I am away from home I brought the HDD to use with my laptop. I bought a SATA to USB adapter and was unable to use it. I don't think enough power was being provided by the power supply that came in the adapter box. The head used to spin up and then spin down over and over again. The HDD would work for no more than 3 minutes and would spin down.
Today, after about 3 months, I tried using the adapter and smoke came off the controller card as soon as I tuned on the power. I tried twice and the same repeated. Then I took the HDD to a friend's place and connected it to his pc as a SATA drive. The computer would not even power up unless I disconnected the drive.
Is there a way to get my HDD working again? Since I am a student I don't think I can afford paying a company to recover my data although I have invaluable stuff in it.
Thanks people.

A:SATA HDD attached to USB adapter emits smoke when tuned on

Once an electronic device smokes you are pretty much screwed.

You could buy that exact same drive and try swapping the PCB, provided you didn't blow up the motor or damage anything actually inside the drive that will work.

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Hello all,
I am trying to access my wife's macbook hard drive via my Windows computer using the Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter. The Apple techs said they could not get the drive to register when they hooked it up. However, we gave it a good drying with blow dryer.

The adapter works fine and all the correct drivers installed.

I am in disk management and the 250GB drive seems to be showing up. However, it is not showing up in My Computer and right click shows "assign a letter" is grayed out.

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A:SATA USB Adapter With Macbook Formatted Hard Drive

You are going to need a utility like MacDrive
to read the files. About all you can do directly from the windows management in this instance is format the drive. (which would result in the complete loss of data on the drive)

Also if any of the apparent moisture involved got inside the housing it's very possible the data is damaged beyond recovery. Since hard drives save data to the disk by creating what is essentially rust (iron oxide) manipulated magnetically on the surface.

There is likely a free utility out there that does the job. I just don't deal with mac's very often personally so it's not something I would be aware of, you might try google.

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Hey all,

I'm upgrading my SSD from an Intel SATA II 320 120GB - which has worked very well for me - to a Samsung SATA III 840 EVO 250GB. My computer doesn't have any native SATA III hookups, but I do have several PCIe 2.0 slots that are open and ready to be used. As such, I've decided to purchase a PCIe to SATA III adapter so that I can run the drive through the adapter, and hopefully get better performance than using SATA II.

My first question is, is there a recommended controller or card that anyone here has used? I've heard that while sub $100 cards can work, most use Marvell controllers which have mixed performance. However I'm still unsure. For example, here's an affordable SATA 3 card, and the reviews are mostly positive, but it is a Marvell controller. I've read that LSI is a reliable brand that makes excellent controllers, but the cost is prohibitive for most upgraders.

I know that if I get any PCIe card, the first thing I should do is get at least a dual lane x2 or x4 card. Anything higher than that will be overkill, but x1 will probably be too little bandwidth.

To clarify, I'm not going to be running RAID with any of my drives. I have a standard 500GB HDD that I'm going to leave on the SATA II port on the mobo. I'm not sure if I should use HyperDuo mode or not if I get a card that sports such a feature. I've read that while HyperDuo is a convenient feature, SSD performance does take a dive, as opposed to a manual SSD+HDD setup.

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My Gigabyte motherboard has SATA III Marvell 91xx controller. Not having any problems with that.

Here is the benchmark for my OCZ Vertex 4 SSD. and my Intel 520 SSD. The OCZ is for Win 8.1 and the Intel is for Win 7 64 bit (dual boot). It shows as "SCSI" but not sure why (all the drives whether SSD or conventional are showing as SCSI).

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Hi there

Now these exist (SATA USB3 connectors) you've now got extremely FAST external laptop PC drives !!!!

If you've replaced a laptop drive with an SSD don't ditch the old drive unless it's REALLY old. If your machine has USB3 use a SATA==>USB3 cable to the PC laptop drive and have it as an external drive -- works SOOOOOPER FAST.

(SATA to USB2 is fine too so in any case don't "Bin" the old drive --use it for backups etc).


A:Sata==>USB3 adapter Now really GREAT use for old laptop drives

this adaptor is the best way to broke the connectors on the drive. If you want to use an external HD, better use an enclosure like this one, it cost only $ 19 ;

if like me you need a bench r solution to transfer info for many drive , a dock station is the best for not damage the connectors

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some people change ide to ahci in the bios then it worked.

some people put drive on master, hey then it worked
Second PATA hard drive not detected in the BIOS? - Yahoo Answers

some people put drive on cs, hey then it worked
SATA to IDE Adapter, Drive Not Detected in BIOS - Hard Drives - Storage

What do I do to make it work for me?
The yellow led lights up
the sata cable plugged into sata port and tried multiple ports.
Under sata configuration I tried AHCI which caused windows to BSOD
I switched that back to IDE

This Asus p5qc has a PATA DVD drive lugged into MB IDE port
And a sata drive plugged into sata port.
And a sata drive plugged into sata port.

A:sata to ide adapter do not see PATA hard drive in the bios?

Following this guide, i made it so windows boots ok with bios setting to AHCI
AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

Still the bios does not show drive with adapter connected.
I have tried 4 HD and a dvd drive.

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Hey guys, I have used all my SATA ports on my motherboard (4 HDs on them), but i wanted to use my dvd burners, so I bought a IDE to SATA connector, to use on the DVD burners, the PC turns on and boots fine, but my monitor LG L192WS wont turn on, with the connector connected, what could be the problem.

A:monitor wont turn on after installing ide to sata adapter

Here is my confusion:
If the monitor will not turn on, how do you know the PC "boots fine"?
What do you see? Are there any error messages? How could you tell if there is no output on the monitor?

Do you mean that you eventually hear the Windows startup sound, but with nothing on the screen?

If so, then your new device may be conflicting with your video card. I assume if you remove it, all works normally?

If this is so, then try installing the new card in a different slot on the motherboard.

Let us know what is going on here!

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Hello! I have a SATA dvd writer (Liteon iHAS524-32) that I would like to use as an external unit by connecting it to a SATA-USB adapter. Problem is that I keep reading that such adapters may give various errors when the optical drive is trying to write. Apparently, the JMicron chips inside these adapters is to blame, but it seems that in some cases it works OK and in some other it doesn't (?!) I couldn't find out more. Also, all the adaptors about whose chip I could find something use a JMicron, all of them.

The main candidates atm are (considering also the local availablilty):
1. Digitus DA 70-148-1 . Main positive argument: I have seen one working ok with my dvd writer (wrote 2 DVDs without problems). Cons: I know it uses a JMicron chip and some users have commented it worked OK as well but others complained about optical drive problems (see user reviews on; only HDDs are mentioned in the manual and datasheet.
2. Manhattan 179195 . Main positive argument: the old version that you can see in the picture on the box in the above link as well as here: was specified to work with optical drives as well. Maybe I could still find the old version on stock, but I kind of doubt it. Also, it has lifetime warranty.The new version, h... Read more

A:Please suggest a SATA-USB adapter compatible with optical drives

Nobody knows?

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I purchased an adapter on Ebay that was supposed to allow me to connect my ide hard drive to my sata mobo connectors. My mobo has primarily sata but it has one ide which is already connected to my ide hard drives.

I have tried everything I can think of. connecing this and that, reversing connections, nothing workd. The instructions I was given were awful and the person I purchased is not helpful in answering questions. He hasn't responded.

Once connected I can't get it to show up in the bios The hard drive is an IDE Seagate 400gb drive. I am connecting to a sata connector on my mobo. I already have two other sata devices connected, they are two dvdr's .

My computer specs are listed above in the computer icon. The converter I purchased is listed here:

Is there a trick to doing this?


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hello alll
im new here and hope you can help me fix my problem
basicly iv got a adapter for a sata hard drive to go to ide on my motherbourd in the bios it picks it up, but when i let it run i get the primary master hard drisk fail message, im not sure what to do.

im using a asus x series motherboard

cheers inn advance for the help

A:sata hdd to ide hdd adapter-primary master hard drisk fail

Might check the adapter for a master/slave jumper.
If it is the only drive on the cable,set it to master.

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Interaction (interface?) between a Sabrent USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Hard Drive Adapter Product Code: USB-DSC5 and my Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I am having an issue with the following situation:
When connected to IDE Drives Maxtor and Western Digital, and through the usage of Windows 7 it tellls me that the Hard Drive "is not ready". Is that a message originated by the Windows 7 software?
If so how do I go about "getting the disk ready" so i could change disk type or number or sizes of each partition and/or reformat?
I would appreciate your support to help me solve this unexpected report from the Windows 7 interaction with this adapter and the Hard Drives it holds, 40 GB and 80 GB IDE drives Maxtor and Western Digital. I am trying to use Windows (or some other third party software) to resize the partitions, change the disk type and eventually reformat.

Thank you kindlly

A:Clash between Sabrent 2.0 to SATA/IDE Hard Drive Adapter with Windows

Check the power & DATA cables.
When using IDE HD Drives, make there are set to master.

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For the last two weeks, every time I start my Dell INSPIRON E1705 while using the power supply I am greeted with the following message. "The AC power adapter type cannot be determined. Your system will operate slower and the battery will not charge. Please connect a Dell 90W AC adapter or higher for best system operation". I press the F1 Key and everything works fine. I've read about this on other websites and most say it's a design flaw in the power supply after the cord has been properly wound around the supply as designed. Apparently a few of the cords internal wire strands become broken and cause this message. My computer is from June 2006 and shouldn't be having this issue so early...or ever. This seems like a flaw that should have created some type of manufacturers recall since so many people are having this issue. I'm of course out of warranty, will Dell replace this free of charge?

A:Power Supply - "The AC power adapter type cannot be determined....."

You are correct, the failure is due toloss of the power supply ID signal. Sometimes this happens because of strain on the plug, which breaks the signal wire. Some even are so severe that the insulation breaks away from the plug; this is due to rough handling. The other cause is one or more of the power socket solder connections to the system board become broken. This also is related to severe handling. I have seen one case where all three power connections and three of four mechanical connections were disconnected. If the power supply is bad, a replacement will cure the problem. If not, then the socket is bad, and this will require a system board replacement. If you are experienced, you can try to resolder the connections. I am experienced and was not able to get my daughter's E6000 to work by resoldered. More recent Dells are using a replacable power connection board which is a much cheaper repair.

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Here's what you X58 guys can look forward to in the near future.

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Its so pretty!

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Hi there. I have an near identical problem. Have disconnected build in 4 GB Flash and inserted a 160GB Samsung Harddisk.Bios is not responding under the menu to setup harddrive. A newer firmware than 40HV0104.rom seems not available to fix my problem, or? Any trick to get harddisk working? Or at least how much capacity does the bios support? I will be very glad for an answer. Many thanks in forward.

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i got hold of a really smashed up sky+ HD box today so i took out the 500gb hdd which is a sata hdd which is new to me..
i opened up the case of the computer and found 4 serial ata slots on the mobo but no where to plug the power cable into the computer, it has a old style dvd drive and hdd plugged into it but thats it im sure there must be a way to do this since theres sata ports on there

i appreciate anybody willing to take time to help me

A:sata power cable

If you have an available 4 pin molex power plug,
you can use a molex to sata power adapter.
They look like this..........

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