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Which power supply cables to use?


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#1 Poquaia

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 09:22 PM

I just took home an old, incomplete computer to mess with and restore to a working condition. I have pretty much got everything down but the hard drive. My computer doesn't even begin to boot on the screen. What confuses me is that I have around five or six matching power cords with different amounts of wires on them. I'm not sure which ones to plug in. Maybe I could get some advice on this.
Picture here
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I also have two 40 pin plugger-inners which I believe are identical but then again, my computer doesn't start with either of them in with a power cable plugged in.
Picture here:
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Picture of hard drive:
http://imgur.com/UXk6VgK
Sorry in advance for being all over the place in my writing.

Edited by Poquaia, 26 August 2014 - 09:25 PM.


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 10:12 PM

hard drives need two connections, a communication connection off the motherboard (sata, IDE), and a power connection in the form of Molex or power supply connection in the form of a thin inch long connector.

 

 

the first image was standard Molex 4 pin power connectors..

 

then the second is IDE connectors

 

the third show the hard drive where the molex and IDE fits in.

 

there are also switches on the old IDE drives, i think 4 positions  Master no slave is the one that needs to be set.,  if the drive has any instructions on it that would help. i have two of the old IDE drives around somewhere, and i remember looking at those switches and the little instruction graphic by them in the form of a sticker.

 

can you get into BIOS to check for enabling IDE devices or if the drive is being recognized after you fit the connectors to it and reboot??


Edited by synergy513, 26 August 2014 - 10:16 PM.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 10:17 PM

No, I cannot get into BIOS. But I will try to get my drive loose (It's held in by a screw that the top is stripped to hell)



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Posted 26 August 2014 - 10:27 PM

This is all I could come up with for instructions
http://imgur.com/Oh2Ie7a

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 10:52 PM

BIOS is accessed by pressing the del key immediately on power up, on most of the older machines anyway..


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 11:13 PM

No, I cannot get into BIOS. But I will try to get my drive loose (It's held in by a screw that the top is stripped to hell)

 

Have you managed to get that screw out yet ?....do you still need to ?


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#7 Poquaia

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 07:46 AM

This is all I could come up with for instructions
http://imgur.com/Oh2Ie7a


Yes, the drive is out. Picture of the drives label above if you could make sense of it. I read it but nothing stood out as instructions.

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 07:59 AM

Please wait for a response from Synergy513. In the mean time see this article on IDE drives. It provides good information.


Edited by JohnC_21, 27 August 2014 - 08:00 AM.


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 08:12 AM

Thanks Guys

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 08:20 AM

The only instructions on the label relate to setting the jumpers.  If you look at drive, next to the IDE connector should be a small block of 10 pins somewhat similar to this:

 

hdd_jumper_settings.jpg

 

You select the setting you want by placing a jumper cap over the appropriate pins.

 

There are four diagrams for different settings:

 

Master single drive

Master with slave

Slave

Cable Select

 

As synergy suggests, master single drive should be just fine.

 

Cable select should also work (it sets master or slave status depending on the connector you use on the IDE cable).  On normal 80 wire IDE cables (which is what you appear to have - that is the ribbon cable with the finer conductors) the grey connector is for a slave drive and the black connector is for the master drive.  The blue connector goes to the IDE connector on the motherboard.  In a single drive setup, use the master (black) connector.


Edited by jonuk76, 27 August 2014 - 08:25 AM.

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