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powering video card in a new computer

I bought a new computer and realized that the power supply does not have a dedicated six pin cable for my video card. It does, however, have two sata cables coming from it (like this) that are situated in reserve for an extra bay device and also an extra hard drive. Can I use an adapter to sufficient convert them as a power source for a six pin Radeon HD 6850? If so, would it require a converter for both sata connections, or just one?
posted by SpacemanStix on Mar 12, 2014 - 17 answers

First time pc build : SATA-2 versus SATA-3 connection conundrum

What drives can/can't be connected (and in what order) to SATA-2 and SATA-3 motherboard ports? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Dec 6, 2013 - 5 answers

SATA to USB adapter for drives over 2TB

I have a SATA to USB adapter that can handle 2.5 and 3.5 drives and is great for quick transfers and migrations without having to lug around an external drive. There don't seem to be any that can handle drives above 2TB which are becoming more common now that 3TB drives are so cheap. Does such a device exist that can handle larger drives? [more inside]
posted by ridogi on May 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Why would a SATA drive work in a SATA>USB dock, but not via SATA cable?

I've got a 3tb Seagate SATA drive, formatted NTFS, that I bought along with this Thermaltake SATA docking station. It's the kind where the naked drive just kinda chunks down vertically into the dock, which then connects to the PC via USB. Works great in the dock, but at a certain point, I thought I should just install the drive, not freak out about accidentally bumping it, and I'd get better throughput via sata cable to my mobo. Unfortunately, when I connect via sata, the disk shows up as uninitialized in Windows (Win7 x64) If I plug the drive back into the dock, it mounts just fine and there's all my files. I am very confused.
posted by stenseng on Feb 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Help my poor dead Mac?

Sooo...my newish MacBook Pro is dead and I have a question about whether or not I can salvage the HDD and stick it in the new MacBook Pro to save a whole world of time. [more inside]
posted by dance on Dec 30, 2012 - 8 answers

How to get Win 7 to recognize a large HDD

How can I get Windows 7 64bit to recognize my 3 TB SATA hard drive? BIOS sees it, it works fine under Ubuntu, but it doesn't show up in Win 7's disk manager / storage tool. [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Nov 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Can you help me upgrade my MacBook Pro (late-2008) hard drive?

Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Adding a SATA HD to the computer. Bios thinks it's an external drive. What?

Adding a SATA HD to the computer. Bios thinks it's an external drive. What? [more inside]
posted by elmonobonobo on May 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Why is my hard drive causing a reboot loop on my computer?

Weird computer technical problem pertaining to the POST and bootup stages of conputer use. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Jul 30, 2011 - 7 answers

The customer grapevine surpasses my Google-fu.

I have a half-height 5.25 bay on a Dell Optiplex XE, currently occupied by a DVD/CD burner. It needs to be replaced with a removable hard drive, but I still need an optical drive. [more inside]
posted by panmunjom on Jun 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Cheap sata cable in manhattan?

Where can I find a sata cable in manhattan at a reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by jefftang on Jun 21, 2011 - 7 answers

Supply seeking demand

Where to sell lots of SATA cables and stuff? [more inside]
posted by hypersloth on Apr 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Cloning a hard drive...how?

Using clonezilla, I cloned my 80gb Maxtor SATA hard drive. Now my new Western Digital 500gb SATA hard drive reads as identical but only 80gb. What did I do wrong?
posted by Mike Mongo on Feb 11, 2011 - 7 answers

It's what the future looked like in 1999

Sanity check: I want to build a large external storage device. I have a tower that I'm not using. I don't want the tower for anything but its case. Can I just hook up hard drives (5 or more) to a hard switched PSU, run the data cables to a SATA port multiplier, then connect that to the eSATA port on my "server"? Oh, I have RAID questions too. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Dec 28, 2010 - 4 answers

PATA to SATA power adapter needed in Forest Hills NY ASAP

I need to a PATA power molex to SATA power adapter (like this) near Forest Hills NY ASAP. [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio on Dec 20, 2010 - 3 answers

How to retrieve data from an external hard drive, when it was the enclosure that went bad?

How to rescue data from two SATA drives housed in an external hard drive, where the drives seem to be OK - it was the enclosure that died? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Nov 15, 2010 - 10 answers

SATA problem that's fixable?

I keep having to restart my computer to jiggle the SATA cable on my secondary HDD. If I don't do this, the computer drops the drive and gives error messages. How do I keep the cable firmly connected? [more inside]
posted by circular on Sep 18, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me put this NAS together?

I currently have 6 SATA drives that I'm trying to put together in a nas box. Will this motherboard and this power supply be able to deal with it? Are there cheaper ways of going about this? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Aug 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Which HDD?

Should I get an SSD, if so which one? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta on Jun 27, 2010 - 15 answers

Would a terabyte be terrible?

Am I limited as to the capacity of a second hard drive to be added to my PC? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on May 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Wait, is that clicking? What do you mean boot disk not ready?

NERDS! It's that time of year again. I need some replacement HD's. Let's say Western Digital versus Seagate. Let's rap anecdotal and tell each other which brand is awesome and which we should never use again. [more inside]
posted by cavalier on Apr 16, 2010 - 25 answers

hdd not seen

I have an external hdd dock by rosewill that I got from Newegg, that connects via usb. When it is plugged with a hd in, the drive spins up and all lights come on but no drive is displayed anywhere. I do get an usb to Serial ATA bridge icon in my devices and printers folder. Any ideas for a fix before I RMA it?
posted by dstopps on Feb 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Why does shopping for cables always sound so dirty?

Computer power supply conundrum. We need to convert SATA power (male) to old school Molex (female) and we need to add another 12" of length. I can't seem to find a single cable that meets our needs. [more inside]
posted by advicepig on Jan 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Dual-Bay SATA Enclosures

Dual-bay SATA Enclosures! Which ones let me copy from one drive to the other on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Nov 28, 2009 - 3 answers


Is my external HD enclosure killing drives? Or is it bad luck? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 20, 2009 - 11 answers

What caused my drive to die?

What happened that suddenly caused my harddrive to not be recognized by BIOS? [more inside]
posted by comradestu on Nov 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Tell me what internal hard drive to buy for my MacPro.

Tell me what internal hard drive to buy for my Mac Pro. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Oct 17, 2009 - 24 answers

Should this SATA to ATAPI setup work?

Should this SATA to PATA/IDE conversion work for a slimline DVD drive in desktop computer when the motherboard is SATA only? [more inside]
posted by clarkie666 on Aug 16, 2009 - 4 answers

Why can't I adapt?

Trying to get a computer to recognize a dvd rom drive. But there's a snag. [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Jun 27, 2009 - 6 answers

Someone should just sell me this already

Building your own RAID, let's talk hardware options... [more inside]
posted by lundman on Jun 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Diagnosing a faulty hard drive

My PC is no longer recognising one of my SATA hard drives. [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens on Feb 25, 2009 - 11 answers

Hard Drive Woes

How do I get Windows XP to detect a new hard drive in my laptop? [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide on Feb 7, 2009 - 4 answers

Which is faster? The hare on nyquil or the tortise on crank?

I have a 5400rpm SATA 3.0Gb/s & 7200rpm SATA 1.5Gb/s drive. Wondering which one to put in a laptop (which one would give better performance, if noticeable). Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Upal on Jan 5, 2009 - 13 answers

Running short on cache?

Hard drive issues: Frequently when I attempt to open a folder on my Windows Vista partition I will have to wait 5 seconds or so for the drive to spin up (I hear it). Is there some way I can fix my cache or otherwise set up the drive so that it doesn't need to spin up every time I access files on my root drive? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Nov 22, 2008 - 3 answers

Sata RAID controller in V64?

SATA card for Vista 64? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Oct 10, 2008 - 4 answers

Please help two drives co-exist

SATA I or II? Hopefully very simple question about hard drives [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell on May 20, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me find my old hard drive.

Why would my hard drive show up in the BIOS, but not in Windows? [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX on May 7, 2008 - 10 answers

Hints on diagnosing HD failure

SATA Hard disk , suddendly not spinning up. No click of death, no sign of expected failure. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito on Apr 29, 2008 - 12 answers

Hard drive pain.

Highly technical hard drive filter: My hard drive failed. Came home, and PC was sitting at the "where's my hard drive" BIOS screen, to my great horror. [more inside]
posted by gjc on Apr 27, 2008 - 9 answers

Damn you, computers!

I lost the little jumper that sets the SATA drive from SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) to SATA I (1.5 Gb/s). Where can I buy/steal a replacement?
posted by jytsai on Apr 8, 2008 - 8 answers

Storage-arrays for moderate nerds!

What is the best way to create an expandable storage array with eight 500GB SATA drives? [more inside]
posted by cgomez on Mar 8, 2008 - 11 answers

computer help: IDE HDD and SATA DVD drive: why does the computer freeze up on start-up?

Would IDE HDD and SATA DVD drives confuse each other on boot up? How do I tell if my dvd drive is mucked up? [more inside]
posted by Jhoosier on Feb 26, 2008 - 4 answers

Mac mini cannot see sata drive

Liquid was spilled into and fried my MacBook Pro. The local Apple fix-it shop removed my HD for me and put it into an external case. The Mac mini I have access to does not see the drive. [more inside]
posted by jdl on Feb 9, 2008 - 7 answers


NoIWillNotFixYourComputerFilter: I've got a 500 gig that won't show up in Windows XP. Help! [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Jan 29, 2008 - 7 answers

My MadDog enclosure should be called HotDog

My new HD enclosure gets really hot. Should I worry? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Dec 10, 2007 - 7 answers

enclosure for 2.5in and 3.5in drives?

Is there such a thing as a hard drive enclosure that supports both SATA 2.5in and 3.5in drives? [more inside]
posted by advil on Nov 21, 2007 - 5 answers

Connect my drive to my mac please!

How do I connect my NTFS hard drive to my new mac? [more inside]
posted by smithmac_99 on Sep 26, 2007 - 5 answers

How to take an internal hard drive and make it external

What do I need to know about hard drive enclosures? My computer (PC) died this morning and I want to pull out the 2 hard drives and use them as external drives for my new Mac. I don't know if they're FAT32 or NTFS. I don't know if they're IDE or SATA. How do I find out? Do I need to? A little background on my old PC. It was one of the first P4 3.0 PCs with hyperthreading technology. I've had it for ~4 years
posted by smithmac_99 on Aug 28, 2007 - 13 answers

AHCI gives me a headache...

Hard Drive Filter: Someone explain to me how SATA and AHCI work. [more inside]
posted by lou on Aug 28, 2007 - 10 answers

What kind of a converter do I need to backup my laptop hard drive?

What kind of a converter do I need to backup my laptop hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on Jun 3, 2007 - 6 answers

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