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SATA disk with OLD (4 pin) power connector

  1. #1


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    SATA disk with OLD (4 pin) power connector


    Hi hardware gurus

    I've got an old 750 GB HDD (SATA) which will be fine for file serving (multi-media). It's got the standard SATA connectors (both the small one (data) and the power connector but it's ALSO got the 4 pin power connectors that you get with older IDE drives (Molex ??)

    Do I need to connect BOTH power sockets or just ignore the older 4-pin IDE type connector.

    Not sure why they needed BOTH power connectors -- maybe this drive might have been used also for making external HDD's at one time.

    Any ideas -- I'm minded just to connect the two SATA cables and ignore the other one.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey Jimbo,

    It included both for backwards compatibility at the time, but you would only want to connect one of the power connections and not both. Both could fry the drive.

    I would recommend to use the SATA power and data connections.

    Found this for fun: Which power connector to use with a Raptor Serial ATA drive

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    Thanks

    Connected as suggested -- working fine

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome mate.
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