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This is probably a very dumb question but here it goes. Is there an adapter or cable or something to go from the long skinny plug thats on the back of the caviar black hdd to the small sata 6gbs cable that goes into the motherboard? Am I missing something?
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This is probably a very dumb question but here it goes. Is there an adapter or cable or something to go from the long skinny plug thats on the back of the caviar black hdd to the small sata 6gbs cable that goes into the motherboard? Am I missing something?
The long one is for power from psu, the short one is data to the mobo.
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There should be two ports on the back of that black drive. One part will be skinny and transmits data, the other port will look similar, but be about twice as long. That longer port is to power the drive.
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So what is the connector on the left of this ( http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...re,2421-4.html ) drive called? And the small looks like 6 pin one on the right. Right now i have my hdd and ssd in the 2 hot swap bays in my haf x because there was a built in plug in the back of the bay so you just push the drive into it. I would rather move them both into lower bays without the built in plug...but then how do i plug it into my motherboard....
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post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Twister773 View Post
So what is the connector on the left of this ( http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...re,2421-4.html ) drive called? And the small looks like 6 pin one on the right. Right now i have my hdd and ssd in the 2 hot swap bays in my haf x because there was a built in plug in the back of the bay so you just push the drive into it. I would rather move them both into lower bays without the built in plug...but then how do i plug it into my motherboard....
Just use the standard SATA data cable that came with your motherboard and the standard SATA power cable that came with your PSU.
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Yes, that IS a very dumb question.

Data doesn't plug into the PSU so obviously the other 'sata looking port' on the HDD is data.

And the cable small enough to fit it goes into the identical plug on the motherboard.

Come on man this is like 2 year old match the shapes sorta stuff here.
    
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post #7 of 10
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well this circle wont go into the triangular hole...here is what im working with since it is not as easy as you are saying.

cable that goes into my motherboard


back of the HDD



Cables on PSU

Edited by Twister773 - 3/30/11 at 10:23pm
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post #8 of 10
Not sure what the issue is but both connectors are keyed to fit only one way. Plus the connector for the sata power is to the left of the hard drive. The other is for the older hard drives and optical drives and is not needed.
Edited by KILLER_K - 3/30/11 at 10:34pm
post #9 of 10
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well this circle wont go into the triangular hole...here is what im working with since it is not as easy as you are saying.

cable that goes into my motherboard

The black DATA cable shown here goes onto the connector directly above it with the clip on top. It will only fit one way.

Quote:
Cables on PSU
The POWER cable shown here goes on the wider connector to the left of where you plugged the data cable. If you look closely you'll notice that the opening has a slight L shape like the connector so it will only go on one way.
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WOW, i just realized that that spot is for 2 connectors. In my case it is just one big one it slides into like is on the back. Sorry for the stupid question and thanks for the help, I realize that one connector goes on one side and the other on the other side in that one long slot. I thought one connector went into the big slot and one on that 6 pin slot on the right. Thanks again for the help!
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