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Molex adapter cable for SATA HDD


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#1 synergy513

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 10:48 AM

Anyone ever use this getup successfully?  my second SATA connection off of my PSU is frayed and has to be physically manipulated to recognize and connect to the non-boot storage hdd, so i saw this cheap molex ~ SATA adapter cable and picked it up.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 10:56 AM

Those work fine. I personally used them and used them for other people and had no issues. Talking about this right? http://www.jham-trading.nl/ProduktPics/Molex-SATA_TN.jpg


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 11:05 AM

Yes, that is the one.

 

 wow,  so if a PSU has many molexs, can those adapters be used on as many HDDs as the MoBo RAID configuration allows?? I am limited by my MoBo to 2 RAID connections.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 11:11 AM

As far as limitations, I am not 100% sure. Sounds like if the PSU has many of molex cables, it may be a fairly older model with not much wattage. So I'd say it probably limited. The adapters are really used as bandaids if you dont have the correct connectors. I wouldnt rely on using that many in one system. The systems I use them for were probably no more than 1 or 2 adapters.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 11:17 AM

excellent. this topic may generate some spinoffs.

 

my wimpy thermaltake tr2-430w PSU has only two SATA connectors but quite a few molexs.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 11:18 AM

Yes You could convert all the Molex to SATA Power connctions. Keeping in mind Wattage requirements as bory504 mentions. A different option would be to buy a Molex to SATA Y cable that is a convenient way to power two SATA drives that are close to each other. Such as these.

Offered as a example only. 6 inch Molex to SATA Power Y Cable | 4 Pin Molex to 2 SATA Power

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ0qakzyFME11fSsMKZF8UNBLe1fFIXm33m5EyTCqJj2q3TO83canqp-d66mQ

 

You can even get them in one molex to three SATA power connectors if needed.

 

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 11:20 AM

Yes You could convert all the Molex to SATA Power connctions. Keeping in mind Wattage requirements as bory504 mentions. A different option would be to buy a Molex to SATA Y cable that is a convenient way to power two SATA drives that are close to each other. Such as these.

Offered as a example only. 6 inch Molex to SATA Power Y Cable | 4 Pin Molex to 2 SATA Power

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ0qakzyFME11fSsMKZF8UNBLe1fFIXm33m5EyTCqJj2q3TO83canqp-d66mQ

 

You can even get them in one molex to three SATA power connectors if needed.

 

Good Luck

Roger

 

I wasn't sure if you could use as many as you want, but I do know putting wattage into thought is important. But that's good to know thanks.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 11:34 AM

One of the limiting factors is the Actual power supply wires. Some power supplies have a thicker gauge wire coming out of them than cheap ones do and that wire can handle more current that a thin wire.

 

When I Used Molex to SATA or Molex extensions or Molex Y cables I always used wire ties to ensure the most reliable connection between the power supply cable and the add-on cable.

 

I also suspect that being newer technology the SATA drives use less power than the older IDE drives. I never measured to confirm that however. The Actual requirements can be looked up on the makers website for the curious.

 

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