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What is this cable called?

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Ok so the one end is called 4 pin ATX 12v
I bought a pre built pc. Psu has only one cable and goes it to mobo. Mobo has two slots for 4pin ATX. One of them is uses to power Sata hard drive. I also need to connect my ssd
How do i do that
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supersaiyan wrote: Ok so the one end is called 4 pin ATX 12v
I bought a pre built pc. Psu has only one cable and goes it to mobo. Mobo has two slots for 4pin ATX. One of them is uses to power Sata hard drive. I also need to connect my ssd
How do i do that
If your computer is working, don't bother.

Lightweight computers don't need that extra power line.

SSD just needs to be powered by one of those SATA power plugs which should be available on your PSU.
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If current HDD uses standard SATA power connection: NCIX
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Unfortunately the other hard drive also uses that weird wire. Connects to motherboard using 4 pin ATX 12v and Sata on the other end which goes in the drive.
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supersaiyan wrote: Unfortunately the other hard drive also uses that weird wire. Connects to motherboard using 4 pin ATX 12v and Sata on the other end which goes in the drive.
you should take a picture of all available connection your power supply still have to show us
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supersaiyan wrote: Ok so the one end is called 4 pin ATX 12v
I bought a pre built pc. Psu has only one cable and goes it to mobo. Mobo has two slots for 4pin ATX. One of them is uses to power Sata hard drive. I also need to connect my ssd
How do i do that
So which one is connected to your HDD?

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LEXX911 wrote: So which one is connected to your HDD?

[IMG]http://data.stuartconnections.com/objec ... ?p=542&i=1[/IMG]
What the heck is that? some sort of proprietary cable? I've never seen a 4 pin used like that. Infact, I don't think the 4 pin even has a 5V line.
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supersaiyan wrote: These two are the only connectors coming our from my psu
http://imgur.com/kyAsHZz
http://imgur.com/G7F8h7dthe small black one you see in the first pic is the one powering the 2tb hard drive
I still don't get it. If those are the only 2 cables that's coming out of our PSU. What is powering your HDD? What cable or connection is that coming from? Are you telling me one of the PSU cable (4pin atx male) is connected to a 4pin atx female(with the sata adapter) connecting to your HDD?
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No, nothing is directly connecting the psu to the hdd. Psu connects with the mobo at two spots(the pics I sent you). Then hdd is connected to the mobo (that small black 4 pin connector). Some proprietary stuff is going on here. In my previous computer there were a lot of wires coming from my psu and connecting directly to the hdd. Here its different
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Well. If you are connecting from one of your available 4 pin atx from your motherboard:

You will need these:

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_ ... _id=020072
[IMG]http://img.canadacomputers.com/Products ... 100810.jpg[/IMG]

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_ ... _id=024921
[IMG]http://img.canadacomputers.com/Products ... /69794.jpg[/IMG]



But if I were you. I would rather spend a decent PSU for your computer and get rid of that generic version. I don't trust a generic PSU connecting to your generic motherboard and then outputting it to your SSD or HDD with an adapter cable. Just make sure to measure your PSU slot if you want to replace it.

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_ ... _id=078134
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Warlock wrote: If current HDD uses standard SATA power connection: NCIX
You need this splitter cable posted by Warlock.

The original cable inside the computer is a proprietary SATA power cable that draws its power from the motherboard. This is common in HP Elite business desktops and also newer Lenovo ThinkCentres.

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