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Flex 3-1120 SATA cable

Question: Flex 3-1120 SATA cable

Is there any way to purchase an internal SATA cable (5C10J08424) for my Flex 3-1120 32GB so that I can make use of the internal drive bay?

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Answer: Flex 3-1120 SATA cable

I found this: if this can not be published)I would like better to buy it from Lenovo Is it possible?Where?many thanks

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I have a Lenovo Flex 3 1120. When I bought it, I went for the hard drive option that had the cheapest price since all the other options were HDD of various sizes and I knew I was going to upgrade to SSD anyway. The flex 3 I have though, does not have a HDD and uses an eMMC embedded storage. When I went to install the SSD, there is an empty space for where the hard drive would sit and there is no SATA connection. There is a socket in the board that is labeled "SATA conn1" but no cable.
I called support and was told it is possible to use the SSD and boot from it. The cable and caddy can be purchased but she said Lenovo will not supply the part. I found the part number I think,  1109-01051, but apparently no one else sells it either. There was one on ebay, but it's gone. anyone know where I can find one?
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

Answer:Flex 3 1120.- No SATA connection!

update: the item number is actually 5C10J08424. I still had a hard time a seller with it in stock. One website wanted about $70 for it not including shipping. I finally found/bought one on for about $20 including shipping. I'll update once I get to try it out.

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I just received my new Lenovo Flex 3-1120 ( Model: 80LX001KUS).  As delivered, it has 32G of eMMC.  I am desirous of upgrading the machine with a Hard Drive (which I have purchased).    I have discovered that due to the fact that the stock configuration does not have a hard drive that there are two parts that are needed to house and connect the hard drive.  From Lenovo?s parts list those parts are:5B40J08368 HDD Bracket  and5C10J08424 HDD Cable As much as I have tried I cannot find any option for purchasing these parts on-line. Please advise of options to acquire. 

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I just got this Lenovo and when setting up, I am pretty sure I downloaded and installed the free Windows 10 upgrade.  In my program information, I only see Windows 8.1 as being installed.  When I go to microsoft browser, it says Windows 10.  How do I find product key for Windows 10.  I tried following directions on lenovo help site but it did not help. thanks for any advice.

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Hi, I just purchased a Flex 3-1120 with Windows 10 preinstalled via When I try to use the Lenovo OKR to restore the system back to the orginal state, it takes to the Windows 10 recovery options. Is this correct? Will the Windows 10 receovery option restore everything including the Lenovo preinstalled programs/apps? Thanks for your assistance!

Answer:Flex 3-1120 Windows 10 OKR

Iam not sure if it will restore lenovo pre installed apps but it will restore windows 10 completely......  RegardsKamal

Ask any questions or Doubts,Always ready to help.... Dont forget to click kudos if i have helped you

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My flex 15 was purchased second hand without a hard drive.  Turns out they took the hard drive SATA cable and bracket as well.  I found the service manual for the Flex 15 and have found the part numbers I need.  Lenovo parts representatives cannot find the part numbers.  These parts must exist somewhere!  Does anyone know a way I could order them?

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I have a new Flex 3 it was working fine yesterday, I shut it down last night and plugged it in, it seems to have a good charge (and I have tried it plugged in as well), but this morning it will not boot up.  I hope I don't have to take this back to BB today, any ideas?


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Answer:Flex 3 -1120 wont power on

I had the same issue. it appears that a driver was installed but the system has stalled. It actually happened twice. I sent it in and they "refreshed" it and it did it again. I let the power die on it and it started back up. I don't know of a way to manually shut it down. The old way was take the battery out but its not the case here. The battery is sealed in side and I didn't want to give them a reason to void the warranty. You can charge stuff with the usb while it's unplugged, try draining the battery that way with a phone or tablet.

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Hi, I have a Lenovo Flex 3 1120 and am having trouble playing games on it so i was wondering if i would be able to ugrade my graphics card and what card would be compatible with it. The processor is: Intel Celeron CPU N2840 2.16GHz
RAM: 4.00GB
System type: 64-bit
Graphics: Intel HD
If you need more information let me know how and where to find it becuase i need help. Thanks! 
Mod's Edit: Additional information added to Subject line for clarity of issue.

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Hello, My windows updated a few weeks ago and after the update I had a few issues with my touch pad and sound. I was able to roll back my touch pad driver and fix the problem but there has been no update to Realtek High Definition Audio Driver for several years so there was nothing to roll back to. The issue I have been having that my sound has been contstently going up leaving the sound bar on the screen (A picture is attach below if it helps). This has become very annoying since I  have not found a way to get rid of this. So far I have tried updating and deleting then reinstalling the driver but the sound bar remains. Therefore, is there any way I can fix this? Any help will be much appreciated.Thanks,SoundMax 

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My battery was charging fine and then I clicked on the battery icon today to open up and the menu and it went from telling me the battery was plugged in and charging to plugged in and not charging. It was like clicking the icon turned off the charging capability. This is a brand new computer, I've only had it for a couple weeks. The battery and adapater are both okay according to OneKey Optimizer, so I can't figure out why it's not charging. Currently running Windows 10 if that helps.

Answer:Lenovo Flex 3-1120 Plugged in, not charging

Does your battery stay at about 60%?  If so, then there actually is no problem.  Lenovo Flex 3 has a feature called "Conservation Mode," which keeps the battery from charging all the way.  This will supposedly increase the lifespan of the battery, which is a good thing, since the battery isn't meant to be replaced.  If you want to charge the battery normally, just click on the battery guage on the taskbar.  You'll find the setting there.

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When I push the start button on right side of the notebook, it will begin to start up.  The 'Lenovo' screen comes on but then the screen goes black and does not start.  I try pushing the start button again but not until I push it for a third time will the windows come up on the screen.  Is this normal or is there a problem I should have fixed?  thanks

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The model of notebook is a Flex 3-1120 Laptop (Lenovo) 80LXV. After downloading Windows 10 my web camera won't function. I tried using the camera application and I was notified with the alert "Something went wrong". Skype also doesnt detect a camera for video calls.
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I recently updated to the Windwos 10 Fall Creators update (Build 1709, 16299.125), and as soon as I updated, the graphics driver failed and switched to the Microsoft Basic Display Adapter. I tried updating and rolling back the driver without success. My driver right now is at the latest version ( I already tried fixing this issue with Microsoft support but they couldn't find any solutions. Microsoft Support Link: 

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I want to transfer data from my hard drive in my laptop (Lenovo Y480) to a hard drive in my desktop. the cables for the sata adapter do not fit the hard drive from the laptop. Is there a different form for a 2.5 hard drive and a 3.5 hard drive?

Answer:sata to usb adapter cable dosen't fit sata hard drive in laptop?

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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So i found an old sata hardrive that was stored for about 2 years.
While the computer was on, i tried to plugged the Hardrive in the SATA power connector cable, as soon as i plugged it in the power connector there was smoke coming from the connection and my computer immediately shutdown.

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

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Question: lcd flex cable

May I get LCD flex cable for my HP 15-r033tx laptop?

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Question: Flex Cable

My name is xttwo.

I've recently rebuilt a laptop.

It's a Toshiba Tecra 8100. The last part I need is a ribbon flex cable that connects the motherboard with the front end of the LED display just below the keyboard.

Toshiba the company won't help me since I have an out-of-date out of warranty computer.

So far I haven't been able to find any place to get it. It seems to be the one computer part no one in the world keeps in stock.

Believe me I've looked.

Sales & Service locations where I live, other places in The United States, other places in Singapore and France.

So now I've decided to try asking people on tech forums. This is my second of what I hope won't be many more forums.

If anyone out there has the part I'm looking for; I'll be happy to pay you the $30 dollars I was originally going to give one location that presumably had it.
( via PayPal )

The part I need is called Ribbon Flex Cable.
( flexible printed circuit cable )

Appliance Wiring Material : AWM E41447-M 2896 VW-1

That's the serial/model number printed on the computer cable itself.

Answer:Flex Cable

Is this what you are looking for? e41447-m,awm e41447m,2896 wm,awm 2896 ,30pin cable,30 pin 2896m,

Far cheaper than the $30 you are offering up to people... Also, from what I can find, that model and such really gives no information as different vendors use that same number for different cables in different products. One company has a 40pin version, another has a 5 pin, another has a 20 inch long one, another has a 2 inch long one.

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Relatively new hdd disappears after some time.
(1Tb WD black sata3 jumpered to sata2)
All cables are sata click.
The drive is used for storage and is accessed only few times a month.
So is any way to test somehow what is the problem
hdd, cable or mb sata connector (GA-EP43-DS3L).
It's all start with annoying red hdd activity light lighting all the time when a drive disappears.
After a reboot all is back to normal for some time.
Tested a drive with hd tune pro and it seems ok.
-up normal
-down 1Tb missing

Answer:Sata Hdd / cable / motherboard sata / problem?

a few things to try first.

-use a different sata cable
-use a different power cable
-try the drive in a different sata port on the motherboard

my first thought was a motherboard fault, which it may well be but try the above first, if nothing else you can eliminate three things as possible faults in the mean time.

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Hi I opened up Flex 2 14 inch, and only saw there is only 1 slot for the 2.5 Harddisk.I search high and low on the motherboard.Unlike other models, there is no additional slot for a m.sata or m.2 harddisk. Please correct me if I am wrong? Thanks. 

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Hi  i m DELL XPS 14 L1421X owner. I need flex cable connetor on the hardrive side of the motherboard. Which is connect modher board to sound and msata controller board with flex cable.
I was accidently broken i need new connector to replace bu i didnt find please help me about that

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So, I got my new Flex 5 last week and I'm absolutely loving it, but I noticed today that my cats have already chewed through the charging cord (thankfully it wasn't plugged in at the time!). I've been looking for new ones on Amazon, but I can't find anything from Lenovo and I'm very wary of buying third-party chargers after a few incidents with my old Macbook and the cheap chargers I bought for that. Does anybody know where I can buy a replacement from Lenovo? If not, is there a brand or specific product you have purchased that works correctly with this model?

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I have a card reader from a Dell Dimension 5100c system​ which has a 10-pin flex bay card reader cable. I would like to change the cable to a sata one. Is this possible and if so which cable would suit?


Answer:10-pin flex bay card reader cable

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Does anyone know were I can get a lcd flex cable for a Pavilion zt1135. I have been searching but can not seem to come up with anything. :cry Thought maybe someone here would have a special spot to get odd parts.
Thanks in advance for your help.


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Hello HP support, I need to buy new cable that connects my display with motherboard. Can you please tell me s/n of that particular part? According to HP service manual it should be  "Display panel full HD cable for non-Touchscreen models (includes webcamera/ microphone module cable and screws) for HP Pavilion 15 Notebook PC computer models" with spare part no.  762544-001 .I think the s/n should be DDY14ALC140 . Is that correct? Thanks a lot, M.

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I have a Lumia 920 and for the past 3 months the compos, Accelerometer, and proximitor stopped working al together causing my screen not to rotate, glance not working, Phone display not turning of when calling, capacitive button lights not turning on, Nokia Camera app crashing, and auto screen brightness malfunctioning. I heard that replacing the button flex cable could be the solution because the sensors like compos and accelerometer are on the flex cable. So I put my phone on the freezer for 60sec freezing only the button flex cable side and it worked for 20 hours. I then froze the other side of the phone and it still didn't work so I once again froze the side with the flex cable and it worked temporarily.
So I Would like to know if it sound like the button flex cable needs replacing. Thank you!!

Answer:Nokia Lumia 920 Flex cable Replacement?

If your compass isn't working then it's either uncalibrated or yes the flex cable isn't working. however the proximity sensor to detect the lighting isn't related to the flex cable, it's located right beside the front facing camera. Of course it would be best to just replace the flex cable for now and see how that goes.

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I need to buy the Cable Flex DDORD3LCOOO ( OAV-0071) for the HP Envy M7 K111 - Product B4T7OUA
[Personal information removed]
Do you have an address in Atlanta city or in Miami area?
Thanks for your help.

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Hello everyone,

I was replacing a floppy drive on my HP Pavillion ze5470US, and I had removed the old floppy drive flex cable from the Low Insertion Force (LIF) connector on the motherboard. At first I thought the connector removed from the board, so I tried for a while to pull the peice off. When I realized it was not coming off, I finally thought to think to remove the cable. I am not sure if I have actually damaged the connector, or if when I replaced the new drive cable in the connector, if I had not done it correctly. When I use the computer now, the floppy drive will work fine sometimes, however, most of the time it will give me errors telling me that it can't find the sectors on the disk, and it cannot format disks. I know the disks are good as I have tried them in other computers.

Anyhow, I was just wonding how one would properly go about removing and inserting floppy drive flex cables into LIF connectors? Is their a special tool, or do I just gently pull the cable out and firmly press it in?

Any help you can provide me would be much appreciated.

Thank you,


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Hi i have a Del Dimension 3000 with motherboard number E210882 and i need to change the factory  GREY FLAT CABLE TO A SATA CABLE SO I CAN USE A NEWER HDD but i don't kinow what this cable would be called or where i can find it.there are 39 pins in the motherboard and no SATA connectors in the MOBO just IDE connectors.
I'd appreciate your help on this!

Answer:Switching from an IDE cable to an SATA cable

There is no way to use a cable to install a SATA drive on a mainboard with no SATA support.
You'll need to install a PCI SATA controller (and you'll also need a MOLEX to SATA power adapter for the drive -- it's long past the time that SATA drives had MOLEX power connectors on them.

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My laptop got that notorious crack at the right side joint. So I bought a replacement part from AliExpress. Fortunately it is cheap and fits perfectly.
But a service man who replaced that part did it very bad. Sometimes my keyboard does't work. I opened the bottom cover and discovered that a flex cable was placed incorrectly and some screws were missing or screwed wrongly. Can anyone tell me what is the function of this cable? Is it 40 pin? I'm thinking of replacing it by myself because it looks creasy and afraid that it can cause more problems in the future. But right now my keyboard works well again...

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Please help me, i broke flex cable of my productiviy jacket. please tell me to get spare part to replace flex cable fo rpoductivity jacket for elitepad 900 

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Recently the power button on my Lenovo flex 2 14D (Win8) broke and I have had to resort to using the 'backup' power button by poking it with a paper clip. I've googled around a bit and it seems as if you'd need to replace the motherboard to repair it, something I'd prefere to avoid.  Another thing that came up was that it would be possible to change some BIOS setting to make the computer turn on, wake from sleep/hibernation etc when the AC-cable is attached. However I have not been able to find any such setting anywhere (and I'm decently confident that not only have I not found it but that there is no such setting in the BIOS version that's on this computer). I'd appreciate some pointers on where to find it. If it doesn't exist: are there any other ways to achieve the same or a similar result?Thanks in advance

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Hi there, I am planning to purchase ideapad laptop.Initially I was interested in Z series, but came to know that there is .77ghz stuck problem. So I have diverted my search to Flex and U series (U430 and U530). I need help to decide which one is the best and should I prefer either of them to Z series. Also please let me know pros and cons of Flex and U series. I'll appreciate your help. Thanks Apoorva p.s. I am not a gamer. So Y series is out of question.


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Answer:Flex vs U series Which should I buy? (Flex 14, Flex 15 / U430, U530)

Hello, No any inputs to my query?I need help to decide what to buy. Please please let me know...

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I bought a sata3 ssd instead of a sata ssd- didn't read the package correctly. I've already cloned the sata3 drive. Is there a cable/adapter available that I can adapt the sata wiring to the sata3 drive? It's going into a Dell 545 desktop. Thanks.


Answer:sata to sata 3 cable

If I am mistaken someone can correct me.

Sata 3 has a faster transmission engine. But the wiring on the connectors stay the same. The difference in the cables is sata three is has a much lower resistance which permits the faster signal transfer.
Pinout: Serial ATA (SATA) pinout diagram @

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Hey, I got a new case today and it has an eSATA port on the front, the cable it is connected to is...

NEW 20 inch - Serial ATA SATA I II Red 7-Pin 7PIN Data Cable ? Copartner ? AWM 21149 ? 26AWG ? E119932 ? 80?C ? 30V ? VW-1 [YOULIKE-YOUBUY a division of &]

I was wondering if this cable was a SATA 2 or 3 'cause I like to put things in the right ports on my motherboard (3GB SATA or 6GB SATA slot), I know a 6GB will work in a 3GB and vice versa but I like to get it right

Answer:Is this a SATA 2 or SATA 3 cable?

Sata II

Makes no difference though.

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Question: sata cable

I have a hp pavilion DV7 (4180eb).
It has a SATA 3 slot for 1 HDD but it's no regular sata cable and power cable: it's integrated in one cable.

Has each laptop a specific sata cable?

Answer:sata cable

Most laptops don't use a SATA cable at all. They just have a SATA connector that the drive snaps into. They're usually an all in one connector, not separate power/data cables.

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Question: 2nd HDD Sata Cable

Anyone know where I can get a second HDD Sata Cable from? Have tried searching online!!  None available. 

Answer:2nd HDD Sata Cable

Normally I would say look at but I just found their website down.  This is the right cable on eBay delivered from China. You still need the rubber rails to add a second hard drive. 

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I purchased a cable the other day so that i could retrieve some data from an old hard drive, i installed it but am unable to locate it on my computer. Checked device manager and the device is installed and working properly but cannot locate it.Can anyone help.

Answer:USB 2,0 to SATA/IDE cable

Do you have the power cable connected as well as the USB cable? Is it an ATA or SATA drive? What OS is it?

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Question: Sata cable

I want to install a new SSD-drive in the second bay.As shown in I need a connection cable.Which one do I need and where can I get it? 

Answer:Sata cable

Gerard,Manual: laptop came with two 2.5 inch 9.5mm SATA drives: 500GB (250GB, ◊ 2) from factory in the 2 HDD bays.Page 59-60.So you could just� take out HDD (spinning drive) from primary bay and put in 2.5 inch SATA SSD, making it boot drive - giving huge overall performance boost. This is the best option. Putting SSD in secondary bay as storage alone is not a good idea.If you're still wanting HDD bracket kit, here it is:Hard Drive Hardware Kit : 480457-001�RegardsVisruth

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Question: Sata Cable?

I'm stuck in bios screen and my computer can't detect my internal hard drive. (Can I just buy a sata cable to fix my problem?)

Answer:Sata Cable?

If that is in fact the problem, then yes. In order to find the cause of your problem, you need to test in a systematic manner.
First reseat both data and pw connectors on the drive. If that does not work, try another cable. If that does not work, test your hard drive in a working system or bench system.

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I have purchased the above cable from ebay and the instructions have been followed as they directed to plug and hence play ? i carried this out to no avail and then procede to add hard etc but to no avail , i have no visual in my computer but a ide drive does show up in device manager but still will not update driver etc to make usable , i have unistalled etc ! still no good , i have tried it with the sata connection and then nothing not even in device manager ?, i looked in the bios settings nothing for any of the drives when connected ? any ideas guys !! would be very grateful

gringo !!

Answer:usb 2.0 to sata/ide cable

Do you have the link to the one you bought on eBay? I have received bad adapters when I was going cheap.

Also, does this one include a separate power cord for it? If this is a desktop drive, you absolutely need to power it with the included power brick. You can sometimes get away with not using it on a laptop drive, if you are using a powered USB port.

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Question: SATA Cable Help

Iím installing a Western Digital SATA hard drive and the instructions say the cable has a large end and a small end. On the SATA cables I have both ends are the same size. Do I need a special cable for Western Digital drives?

Answer:SATA Cable Help

hmm I don't know, I thought both ends were the same on a SATA cable.
Are both ends completely identical? If so do they both fit into the hard drive and the mother board? I don't think it should matter which end goes where.

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I have recently purchased a SSD which supports sata 3. My motherboard also supports sata 3. But I can't find any sata 3 cable in the shop. So I want to know whether sata2 cable will be fine for my SSD or not. I mean, will i get the full speed of SSD or it will be slowed down due to sata 2 cable? Thanks

Answer:Do I need SATA 3 cable

Quote: Originally Posted by skanungo

I have recently purchased a SSD which supports sata 3. My motherboard also supports sata 3. But I can't find any sata 3 cable in the shop. So I want to know whether sata2 cable will be fine for my SSD or not. I mean, will i get the full speed of SSD or it will be slowed down due to sata 2 cable? Thanks

Hi skanungo,

YES, SATA 2 & SATA 3 differ in data transfer speeds, SATA 3 is at 6GB/s whereas SATA 2 is at 3GB/s but this is only dependant of your hardware, NOT the cable. Therefore it should be completely fine to use a SATA 2 cable between 2x SATA 3 Devices. SATA 2 cables can handle 6GB/s speeds.

If it is bothering you that much take a look on Amazon: SATA 3 cable

Let me know how it goes,


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I bought one of these today off eBay but then noticed the description says not comparable with vista and windows 7. But surely windows 7 should just find it on its own? Please let me know ASAP as I'm worrying I bought wrong one.
Thanks kent.

Answer:Sata/IDE to USB cable

I never heard of cables being differentiated by operating system.

Does it work for your intended purpose? I'm guessing you are using it to transfer data between drives?

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Ok .. so you can use a SATA hard drive hooked up with a IDE cable. Is there some sort of convertor or do you still use a IDE connector on the other end and plug it into your primary or secondary IDE connectors?

The reson I'm asking is I have a IDE swap drive enclosure and am wondering if I can use it with a SATA hard drive and have it be hot swapable?


Answer:SATA With IDE Cable

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One of our laptops has a corruption issue. I will have to order the recovery CD, but in the meantime I really need some of the files off of it. I have a USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Cable that I have used in the past to retrieve files from bad hard drives. I am encountering a problem this time that I did not have before. Every file I try says I do not have permission. I know the difference is the previous ones were not password protected and this one is. I do have the password as it is my computer. I have tried different file sharing and permissions options with no luck. I cannot locate a place to enter the password so it knows I have permission. When I have used this in the past I was able to get a screen that was just like looking at the desktop of the other computer and that is not showing either. I really need help figuring out how to let the computer/files know that it is ME. I don't want to mess it up so that once I restore the corrupt file I can't access anything either. Thanks

Answer:Using USB to Sata Ide Cable

Not sure what windows version you have
have a read here applies to XP and also Vista

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Question: sata cable

I only have one sata cable left in my computer is it possible to get a splitter and make it into two.

Answer:sata cable

No.You would need a plud-in SAT controller board to get more SATA ports.Or you may have unused PATA/IDE connections you could use.What do you want to connect and what do you have already?

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I'm trying to take all my files off my laptop HD and put them on my desktop seeing as I crushed my laptop.
I am using a USB 2.0 to IDE and SATA connector.
When I plug in the connector the comp recognizes my USB but it doesn't show up in my comp as specific hardware.
I use windows xp pro. If anyone can help me access these files itd be greatly appreciated

Thank you

Answer:USB 2.0 to IDE & Sata cable help

I am not sure what happened to your laptop, but if you ran over it with a car or truck it may have damaged the hard drive too. Any physical damage?

Can you hear it spin? If you cannott hear it spin, does it feel like it is spinning? If you hold a spinning hard drive in your hand and move it, do you feel 'resistance' to movement as you would with a spinning gyro? (Most people are unable to detect this though).

Also go into the laptop BIOS setup to see if the drive is seen there.

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Question: Sata Cable help

SATA Hard Drives have two cables one for Power and one for Data.When I look up how they work on the web I can't find what I need.Is the SATA Data cable 15 pin and if so when I see a picture of one it ony has 4. wire out of the back???And what does the Power cable look like and the Color codes for the wires.I seem to get the run a round on the web??

Answer:Sata Cable help

Sata power cable and pinouts are shown on this site.  There can be 5 cables, or 4 if the +3.3v is not required, and there are 15 pins..  Please read....Sata data cable has 7 cables and 7 pins and is shown here..QuoteWhen I look up how they work on the web I can't find what I need.I seem to get the run a round on the web??What else do you need?

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I bought the above item which shows the cabled disc in Device manager and Disc management says the disc needs to be initialised. If I did that I would probably lose the files on it. None of the files or the connected hard drive show anywhere in Windows Explorer.I have seen many others posting the same question elsewhere but no solution yet. Hoping someone here has a solutionThanks

Answer:USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Cable

I've put hard drives into external boxes with a USB interface loads of times - and never had an issue.One way around it may be :-Put the drive as a second internal drive - copy all the data off to the main drive - refit the drive via the USB cable - set it up (initialise etc) - copy all the data back again.

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I am baffled at the fact that I can not, for the life of me, find anyone who sells or even produces a Y data cable for SATA HDs. I recently bought a new computer and I want to create a Master and Slave scenario with two different HDs so that I can throw Vista on one and XP on the other... just to keep the children from fighting in the back seat Does anyone know where I could find one? I've looked at all of my local retailers as well as just googled it... nothing. Everyone has the Y power cable, but no Y data cable... I would kind of expect this cable to be in existance like it does for IDE hard drives... meh.

Answer:Two SATA HDs - Y Data Cable

Uh, I've personally never seen one - why would you need it? Most motherboards come with plenty of SATA ports.

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Question: SATA power cable?

are there any differences between the power cable for SATA drives and IDE drives?

are there PSU's wich have a power connection for SATA and some wich don't have it?

are there special converters to change the IDE power cable to a SATA power cable?

Thanks very much

Answer:SATA power cable?

tnx very much

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Hi !

I have been spending a lot of time making the inside of my rig as "clean" as possible. My last hurdle is a short SATA cable (HDD to MoBo).

Anyone know of any Do-it-yourself kits?

I attemted to modify a cable myself as I did with the all the other cabling (molex, 4/6 pin, etc..) but to no avail. The housing is really not designed to be opened and re-sealed without it looking like a "bailing wire and duct tape" job (no offense).

I did check all the usual suspects: Newegg, ZipZoomFly, Tiger Direct, etc. ....nada.

I need a 4" cable...

Thanks for your time.

Answer:Custom SATA cable...?

Here's 6" cable
From a Great merchant

Custom made here:

I've never see any retail shorter than 6"

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Question: Thin Sata Cable

Does anyone know where I can find a sata cable where the plug is the thin all the way through? I think the one that I am using now will become unplugged every so often and my computer is getting a BSOD. I do notice that when this happens, the cable is loose and not snapped in like the 3.5" drive I have. I tried to file down the fat part on the cable, but that didn't help much. It is plugged into my SSD that is mounted on a 2.5" to 3.5" bracket.

A link to a cable or ideas to how you got around it would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Thin Sata Cable

You could try something like this with a locking mechanism. - BYTECC 18" Serial ATA-150/300 Cable L Shape plug w/Locking Latch Model SATA-118D

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hello , i have lg w7 a bit old laptop but it's working fine. There is just one small problem with it the "hard disk "fpc" cable broke and i am looking for replacement.. No luck though, so if someone got one or know where i can buy one will be much appreciated.

Answer:Lg W7 fpc to sata cable connector

Assume you are talking about the ribbon cable that connects the HDD connector to the motherboard?
Does the cable have a part no. printed on it? google for the part no.
can't find a LG w7 laptop listed on the LG site.

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Question: sata power cable

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

Answer: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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is it possible to burnout a SATA cable?

i was having trouble with my hard drive a while back and it wasn't being detected. i put a new SATA cable and it worked fine until about five minutes ago. i shut off my external hd and my computer restarted, then my internal hd wasn't being detected. i had to put my internal hd in my external enclosure because i ran out of SATA cables. is this common for SATA cables to burn out like that?

Answer:Burnout SATA cable?

i have never heard of a SATA cable burning out. the connections can be broken through excessive bending but if they burned out as you say i would guess that replacing the cable would be the least of your problems. for the cable to actually be damaged by the current it carries it would be more than high enough to do serious damage to your motherboard and/or hard drive

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I am going to buy some Sata Data Cables. The ad I saw said "Straight to 90 degree left". I had not thought about the direction in the past. I held up a cable and I guess it depends which way you are holding it as to if it is left or right. What is the normal cable, left or right?

Answer:Sata Cable Question

The nomenclature is rather weird, they should have been called "up" and "down."

If the drive is sitting on a table, right-side-up, and you're looking at the connector end, then:

Left = Cable goes up

Right = Cable goes down

citation: Tom's Hardware and looking at several pictures from a Google search

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Hi, My computer started up fine this morning but after my sister turned it off because of a storm and I turned it back on when I got home, I got a disk boot failure message. I immediately checked my power and SATA cables as a loose power connector ruined my last harddrive. The power was fine, but I noticed the SATA cable on the motherboard end was a little loose. You guys know of anything I can put on there to tighten up the connection so it does not come loose again? The connection is SATA 1 type. Also, if the cable happens to come loose when the computer is in use, will that just ruin the data currently being written only or will it possibly ruin the whole drive as well? Thanks for the help.

Answer:There a way to tighten SATA cable?

Time to get out the hot glue gun maybe ????

Just kiddin,, can you not just secure the cable to the HD cage with a cable tie or similar.

I have gotten away once or twice with pulling the IDE lead out of a HD with no ill effects, just lucky or an act of god I cant decide, but generally it can cause HD failure or controller failure on the board.


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Ok, so i'm upgrading my drive to a 500gb, my motherboard is fully sata compatible, but the plan i have is to take a 60gb hard drive and use it as the primary drive then use the 500gb as a secondary, but have all the files on it so they doing get lost in some kind of corruption of the primary, but the 60gb doesn't have a sata port, my motherboard also supports that its just can i have the primary drive not on a sata cable and then the secondary on the sata cable? or will that cause conflict

Answer:sata cable compatability

You can use the IDE drive as primary master and have the SATA as a secondary.
You just want to make sure the IDE drive is set to first boot device in the BIOS
setup,so the computer boots the operating system from it.
Shouldn't be any conflicts.

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hi everyone im new to the forum, ive got an elitedesk 800 g2 mini and the sata plastic connector is there which is at the minute plugged into the hard drive but the little ribbon cable is not there that plugs in to sata 0 on the motherboard. ive tried googling and looking on all forums and i cant find anything with a pic on  the nearest looking things ive got are the hp envy 15 sata cables they look the same to me does anyone have one of these elitedesk 800 g2 and can send me a pic of the 2,5 inch sata cable/connector please? thanks i even bought an m2 hard drive to use that instead but i cant get it to see it in bios! thanks mac 

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Question: SATA Cable variety

Say i buy a computer addon, like a CD Drive. It says the interface is "SATA"

My mother board has a SATA 3Gb/s and a PATA, and SATA RAID

Would the CD Drive, being only listed as a SATA interface, be able to hookup on the SATA 3Gb/s???

Answer:SATA Cable variety

Depends on the computer and the motherboard. Usually, computer mother boards as you describe use SATA hard drives, and EIDE ribbon cable CD-ROM/CD-RW/DVD-RW drives which work just as well. The additional speed of SATA doesn't really show up in a SATA optical drive until you get into the Blue drives.

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I have quite old 256Gb Crucial RealSSD C300 (without OS on it, just NTFS formatted with default 4k allocation size) which I want to use just as regular flash drive. For that purpose I bought SATA to USB cable-adapter. Once I connected it to my laptop it worked for the first time just fine and was recognized as New Volume (ESmiley Happy, I could drag and drop any files to that volume with no problem. However once I remove it from USB and insert it again - it doesn't work anymore. Windows doesn't recognize it and doesn't show in My computer drive list. It only recognized as ASMT 2105 USB Device in Computer > Right Mouse > Properties > Device Manager > Disk Drives.
The only way to force it work is to click Uninstall on ASMT 2105 USB Device in Device Manager > Disk Drives and then to connect it to USB. But again, it will work only 1 time. If I remove it from USB and reconnect - it won't work again.
Any suggestions how to fix that? Would highly appreciate that.

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 Does anyone know of a source for this short SATA/power cable assembly used in the N4630G?  Or the Acer Part Number?  Apparently the current models have the SSD built onto the mainboard, but there's an empty 2.5" drive bay bracket and open SATA/power connectors.  This one comes with 128GB onboard, but I'd like to try installing a larger SSD.  Any experience doing that with the N4630G?

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Question: SATA Data cable

I searched here but didn't find anything close. My problem lies with the non positive locking of these cables, if I touch something else usually it disconnects easily, like PSU or other cables when I try to tidy up. I got mine with my ASUS A8N-E mobo. Are all of them the same? This is my first experience with SATA drives and cables. Thanks as always for your help.

Answer:SATA Data cable

Some newer cables may not fully interlock, and you have to push on the ends to get them to solidly connect if they have interlocks on them. Otherwise if they slip out, possibly the ends have shrunk someway or another and may need to be looked at.

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I am in the process of building my first pc right now but I am running into many problems. One major problem is that I just cannot find where to connect my SATA cable to. I plugged one end to the SATA 1 place on my mobo but I cannot find where the other end goes! It would make sense if it went into my HDD but no slot can be found that would fit the SATA cable. Also I have a lot of wires, especially from my PSU, that I just have no idea where they go. I have a Western Digital 80 gig 7200 RPM Hard Drive, bought a OEM at newegg so no info was included.

Also this is a real newb question but since my hard drive is SATA, I do not connect an IDE cable to it right? I just connect the IDE cable to my burner and set that on master? Or am I wrong somewhere?

If needed I will post pics of anything necessary. Please help. I really want this first build to be successful. Thanks in advance!

Answer:HDD and Sata Cable Help Needed

If you just have one device on the ide cable, set it to master.

The other end of that sata cable connects to the hard drive for sure.
Either your not looking hard enough or maybe you didn't get a sata hard drive

The hard drive will either just use ide or sata. You don't need to connect an ide cable to it if your hard drive is sata.

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Have about given up with my Seagate external HD (FreeAgent), but saw a post where the poster
mentioned that the drive (his) was apparently mechanically fine and that it turned out to be the electronics inside the HD case.
(My Free Agent External HD has a separate power wart, and a dc power input, as well as the USB output)

He was able to recover his files by opening the case and using a SATA to USB to go directly from the Drive to his desktop PC, and bypassing the FreeAgents case electronics. The PC apparently recognized the HD without any problem.

Sure sound like it is worth a try.

Will have to purchase the appropriate cables.

Question: they seem to come in different "flavors". Some cables have just the SATA drive connector to USB, and have a statement that the drive would be powered by the power thru the USB.

Is this doable, and the right approach for me probably ?
How would the Drive "know" to use the single USB-Data cable for power, and not the normal dc power input ?
A jumper somewhere ?

Or, some others (on Overstock, e.g.) seem to come with a power supply and a cable for the output to go to the drive, as well as a data cable. Does this make more sense, particularly since my HD uses an external dc power supply ?



Answer:SATA HD To USB Cable (External HD To PC)

I got this one a while back to recover a friends IDE drive. It does IDE, Sata 1 Sata 2 and has power brick for both types of drives. Since I needed an adapter I went with one to cover all types of drives. - Rosewill RCW-618 USB to IDE/SATA Adapter Supports Windows 7


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Hi.I have just received my WD Sata HD.It was the retail ver.Reading the instructions has caused me some concern.Connecting the SATA lead to the motherborad is simple,using the supplied lead.But the instructions state that I must use a SATA power cable,not supplied.I was hoping to use the spare PC molex lead to power the drive.The drive has a molex socket.Can I still power the drive via molex,or must I purchase the SATA power cable.And how does the SATA power cable connect to the power supply.Also ,can I use XP to set up the new HD,or the supplied disc.Thank you.Cheers

Answer:sata hd power cable

A SATA power cable looks like this:click here=

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Hey guys. I had built a computer with a MB having numerous SATA ports, and only one IDE. I am using a SATA as the C system drive. I have a CD writer setup as Master on the IDE cable. I want to add an IDE HDD for data storage on the cable with the CD writer. Should the CD writer continue to be used as the master (on the end cable connection), or does it matter? By the way, now and then I will be swapping out the data IDE drives. And I do write CD/DVDs fairly often on this computer.


Answer:Where to put HDD and CDwriter on IDE cable when SATA is C

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Hi, I have just upgraded all my system with new mobo, cpu, SATA hdd's etc. I have installed Vista home Premium and have had this running for 7 days now. All runs well for most of the time, but every couple of days my system stops. It seems ok one min and then just stops responding. I have had this problem before with SATA, and all i do is turn the computer off, open the case, disconnect the SATA connection and reconnect. This cures the problem for a few days and then it happens again. Has anyone any suggestions? Im i doing something wrong.The drives and system seem to be running cool enough, and have worked for over 14 hours or more before.Thanks for any help advice.Dave

Answer:SATA Cable Connection

You could try another SATA cable,have you connected the SATA cable to the first SATA controller on the MB.When you fitted the new HDD,did you install all the MB drivers.

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Hi, i want to add an HDD to my laptop because the 256gb are nothing to me, and i know that my laptop has the space where the HDD is supposed to be, but it doesnt comes with the Sata Cable to connect the HDD.  Does this sata cable match my laptop ? (  DD0U86CD030 ) or anyone know the model of the one the AK 15 000 uses ? Pictures of the Sata Cable I need:

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Hi i have a machine an acer aspire x3450 specs in the pic

now i have a 2tb external but i want to fit the drive inside my machine but i only have 2 sata sockets 1 has the dvd drive in it the other the main drive.

i took the dvd out and connected the external to it and it worked but that means no dvd drive.

so the question is

can i fit a sata splitter cable and connect both harddrives to it like you can if it was ide ?

i know you can buy the splitter cable but i seem to find alot of posts saying that you can only connect 1 sata item to a sata cable ?

any one tried this or have more than 1 item connected to a sata cable and works ?

Answer:sata splitter cable

I assume that you mean a splitter for the data cables, which I'm not aware of anything like that. Do you have a spare PCI slot to add a SATA controller?

EDIT: When I Googled for a SATA splitter, all that came up was a splitter for power, not data.

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I opened the case to my Dell XPS 8900 and inside were two blue Sata Cables. One cable was connected. The Other SATA Cable was connected to a SATA Port to the right of the Memory slots. The other side was hanging loose in the case. 
The first Blue SATAable comes from the front of the case near the hard drive to the bottom of the mother board into the Front USB 3.0 connector. The other blue cable that you can see next to the memory is not connected to anything.
Here's the blue cable that goes no where. Should this be connected to one of the SATA connection on the mother board?

It just seems strange to have a SATA Cable connected to the Mother Board and going no where?

Answer:Unconnected SATA Cable

Doubtful a SATA cable connects to a USB header on the motherboard.
There is a blue SATA port on the motherboard, right below the blue USB header. Cable from the blue SATA port should be connected to the boot drive. So you probably mis-IDed that blue motherboard connector.  Manual with board layout here: manual_en-us.pdf
How many hard drives do you have? The SATA port near the memory slots should probably connect to either an optical driver or to a second hard drive.

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Hey! so thinking of buying a second harddrive.
Just a simple Seagate Barracuda. (Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5'' HDD
SATA 6.0Gb/s, 7200RPM, 64MB cache, 3.5'')
So my question is do i need a 6gb sata kabel for it? I belive I have a 6 slot left on my board.

Answer:Do I need a 6gb Sata cable for my new hardrive?

Yes, get a data 3 cable.

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Can a loose HD SATA cable cause the HD, and Windows to boot/load/run slow?

I thought I heard that a loose SATA cable can make the HD not "spin up" on boot, thus giving you a "no boot disk" error?

A slow spinning hard drive would also affect the accessing of programs as well?

What other problems can a loose SATA cable create?


Answer:SATA cable problem?

SATA cables have to be firmly in place or you are going to have issues many of which you have listed. A SATA cable can be bad in itself causing a system to report issues with your hard drive when the hard drive is not the issue.

I just helped someone recently in the BSOD forum who was having all kinds of issues with his hard drive including Blue Screens of Death. I had him swap out his SATA cable and the issues ceased.

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Question: Sata Cable Length?

I was wondering if they made some shorter HDD Sata cables. Something along the lines of 4-8". The standard ones that came with the my mobo are just fine, but it'd be nicer if I could get my hands on some shorter ones for cable management.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Sata Cable Length?

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What are some symptoms of a faulty HDD to motherboard cable? I'm pretty sure it's called a SATA cable, but I have limited experience with them. I have an HGST disk drive, 1 TB, and I posted about my issue a few months ago.

Basically, data on the drive seems to be slow. When I watch a movie or play music, it pauses intermittently and needs to catch up. I've come to the conclusion that it's not an issue with the drive itself. Unless I received two faulty drives in a row, which is very unlikely, I'm thinking it has something to do with the SATA cable. My laptop, the MSI GT80S Titan, doesn't have a standard connector between the HDD and motherboard, so it needs the SATA cable.

My question is if the cable can cause data issues like this. I've contacted MSI about purchasing a replacement cable and hopefully I'll be able to. I've checked on Amazon and I can't seem to find one that'll match the socket on the motherboard.

If it's not the cable, then I have no clue why it's doing this. I'll post specs just because.

CPU: Intel i7-6920HQ @ 2.90 GHz
GPU: x2 Nvidia GTX 980 in SLI
RAM: 4x Kingston 8GB (total of 32GB)
Storage: HGST HTS721010A9E630 (1TB) and SanDisk SD8SN8U512G1122 (512 GB)

Answer:Symptoms of bad HDD SATA cable?

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Question: Loose Sata Cable

The sata cable that I ordered doesn't plug into my hard drive very well. Just little force can unplug it from the drive.

I ordered this cable: - Rosewill 18" Serial ATA II cable with metal latch, Model RC-18"-SA2-90-BK, Black - Cables

It doesn't like this drive: - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Any tips to keeping the cable plugged in?

Answer:Loose Sata Cable

Hello Nikolay,

Strange, I suppose good old vinyl electrical tape should be able to hold in place on the drive until you can find a cable that connects better.

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I'm just finishing up a new build and as I started to plug in my SATA devices (two HDDs and a disk drive), I noticed that the SATA power cable was a bit off.

It only goes on about half way onto the plug and then seems to get stuck. The SATA data cable seems to go on fine and cover up all the pins, but the power cable only covers up about half the pins. See photo for situation.

Any ideas? I'm totally stumped.


Answer:Bad SATA power cable?

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I can't believe I'm asking this but I can't find anything on the net about how to undo a sata connector.The thing seems stuck in both the motherboard and the hard drive and there don't seem any clips to release it.What is the secret ?

Answer:How do I undo a sata cable ?

There are no clips - you just pull it!

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Hi everybody, I have an issue with my AIO HP Pavilion 22-H010EL TouchSmart.The hard drive broke twice while PC was covered by warranty; now the warranty period is over, and the hard drive broke again. I suppose there's a power supply issue, in fact I see the hard drive has more boots up than I actually did; sometimes I can clearly hear a boot up noise while the PC is on (and I'm sure it's not because of the stand-by, since it happens while I'm using it). Also, just after the first hard drive replacement, it shown 7 boots up in just a hour; I suppose the SATA/Power Cable is damaged, causing the issue described, but it could be the motherboard, too.I'd like to replace the cable to see if it works, I really hope it does; thank you in advance for any reply.

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Answer:Asipire es1-132 HDD bracket and sata cable

Hi,You can contact Acer Support centre in your region and request the details of Acer Partner retailers in your area:

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Having major issue with vista recognizing this device.
Im using a PATA Samsung HD

When I plug in the USB vista recognizes the drive for a second or two then changes into an unkown device.

Anyone know of some basic drivers i could try to load for this?

Or another solution?

Answer:USB Sata / IDE cable VISTA driver

Could you just install it as a mass storage device?

Did the ATA to USB device come with any drivers? Check their website?

I've used an ATA / SATA to USB device to pull data off files and never had to install a driver because Vista and XP saw these as mass storage devices.

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Hey folks,

I'm trying to hook up a new 1TB hard drive on my old dell dimension 8200. I had both hd slots already filled so I removed the original slave drive to make room, and connected the the new 1TB SATA drive via an adapter that plugs into the slot on the hd and turns into the IDE connection (with pins) and power supply input on the other side,.

The SATA drive came with no jumper, and I read that the jumper settings for SATA had different meanings anyway. Not sure how the motherboard would respond, I started going thru the configs, borrowing the jumper from my old drive to use on the SATA

IDE drive:.....master...master...master..master...master...cable select...cs.....cs
SATA drive:..none......1/2........3/4........5/6.......7/8.......none...........1/2....3/4


I always get one or more of the following error messages in various combiations.

Primary hard disk drive 0 not found
Primary hard disk drive 1 not found
Plug and play configuration error (x3)

Then I gave up and hooked my old drive back up the original way and it was recognized and the OS booted without hesitation.

So... Anyone have any experience connecting SATA drives to IDE and/or can offer some insight? I must have my TB of storage
***update*** I found the master/slave jumper on the adapter. tried both settings, no luck there either. more specifically: drive 0 (ide) set to master, no jumper on the sata drive itself, tried both settings on adapter.

Answer:connecting a SATA HD to an IDE cable/board

I don't know about connecting SATA drives to IDE connector.. You'd propably have better luck getting a add-on PCI SATA controller card, or a USB cable to connect it. The onboard IDE controller propably won't understand how the SATA drive is configured... Although the adapter is supposed to make it.

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I just got some new SATA data cables. They have the lock on them which my old ones didn't.
I put them on and I could still grab the sides of the cable and pull them off the drive. Should they lock and not come off unless I loosen the lock? Thanks,
Coboc Model SC-SATA3-10-LL-BL-90 -

Answer:SATA Data Cable Question

Hi there .. They are just Locking latches which means you can open them to use straight ..

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I want to fit a second drive in the 2.5" caddy on the new Dell Inspiron 7560, but it needs an interposer cable.  The part number is NH9YV (confirmed to me by Dell technical support on the phone) but I cannot find anyone who can sell me one.  It is referred to in another post on this forum which seems to have gone dead.  Can anyone help me to find one?  It is the item shown in Step 3 in the Service Manual: procedure to remove Hard Drive.  Thanks 

Answer:How can I buy a SATA cable for an Inspiron 15 7560?

The only place you'll find a part like that on a system that new is to call Dell Spare Parts.  Note:  you MUST call - they do not sell parts such as this online.
Mon?Sun 8 a.m. ? 8 p.m. CST.
If you're outside the US, call your local Dell sales number and ask for "spare parts".

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Can I plug in the power cable to a sata drive (already connected to sata port on mobo), while the computer is on.

With that drive connected Windows will not boot (I never have had a problem with the drive before, even when installing windows). If I remember right, a few years ago, I moved the pagefile to that drive, and it also had a boot.ini file on it (for some reason) I wonder if that is the problem (never until now), because when that drive is installed windows hangs at starting windows.

Answer:Plug in a sata power cable

If the SATA controller is set to AHCI mode, and the SATA port the drive is on is set to allow "hot-swap", then yes you could. If not, then no you can't.

You should post a screenshot of your Disk Management window with the problem drive connected. Expand the window so everything can be read.

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Hey guys,

New project I need accomplish the following
-14' IDE cables to Audio panel and CD Drive
-14' SATA cable to aux port for ext HDD if ever used
-14' 1394, Shielded cable works will just splice

From doing some research 36" is pretty much the max distance, Any way to accomplish the following? Some1 mentioned to me signal repeators but idk.

Answer:Cable Questions (IDE/SATA/1394)

WHY would you want 14 foot long cables??

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Hi all, can someone advise the part or FRU no. for the above? I want to swap my IDE hard drive for a SATA type. It currently shares the same cable with the IDE optical drive and the cable is faulty.

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I tried to use new branded ?R-Driver III? USB 2.0 TO SATA IDE CABLE device with Laptop HD IDE and Desktop HD IDE (once at a time) but it did not show me the HD , although I checked Disk Management (each one at a time)

I thought the problem with ? R-Driver III ?, about another one branded as Ritmo

Still the same problem is going on with both Hard Disks (external power source is used for 3.5 HD not 2.5,,,,,,,,I can hear spinning for 3.5 but not for 2.5)

I jumpered HD3.5 as master then slave,,,still I can not access it

Both hard disks are working if I hook them into a computer

The device that I was talking about is same as in the link below

Technology: R-Driver III USB 2.0 to SATA IDE Cable

Any thought would be appreciated


Answer:USB 2.0 TO SATA IDE CABLE does not work properly

It was suggested in the link you posted to make sure the cables and power were plugged into the drives BEFORE turning on the pc. Did you do that?

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I have bought a new hd to replace a damaged drive but ordered one using a sata connection. The mother board has sata 1 &2 sockets on it but my computor fails to recognize the drive when inserting my windows 2000 disk. Any advise would be very welcome.(I,m not too technical.)

Answer:New hard drive- sata cable

You will need to enable the SATA pports in your BIOS screen (usuuall by pressing the DEL key on bootup.Scroll through the options until you find the SATA entry and enable it.You will then need to format your new drive using disk management console. Post back when you have the BIOS set

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I've just taken delivery of a Precision 3510 laptop with a M2 SSD. I now want to add my own SATA 2.5" drive but find there is no connecting cable. How is it possible to ship an expensive top-of-the range laptop without such a basic part? Additionally, why is the part not available from Dell??
This kind of thing just creates frustration for loyal Dell customers like me who fight to recommend them over HP. Please can someone tell me how I get hold of such basic items - because I can't find them anywhere. 

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