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Connecting a PSU which only accepts 6 pin cables to a Sata hard drive?

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July 21, 2013 3:35:32 PM

I want to install a 3TB Seagate Barracuda Sata Internal Hard Drive in my computer. My power supply requires a Sata power cable with 6 pins to connect it to the Hard Drive but all the cables I looked at on the internet have 4 pins. Should I buy a 4 pin to 6 pin adapter and a 4 pin Sata power cable? if so, do you know what the adapter is called?

Thanks,
Lunar21

My current system has the following specifications:

Model: Dell Dimension 9200 (XPS410)
Windows Edition: Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Motherboard: Dell Inc. 0CT017, Intel P965/G965, 82801HH (ICH8DH)
BIOS: Dell Inc. 2.5.3
Processor: Intel Core QUAD Q6600 SLACR 2.40 GHZ/8M/1066/05A
Internal Hard drive: 320.00GB (2x160gb) serial ATA (7200 Rpm)
OCZ - 700W ModXStream Pro ATX Power Supply Unit
Memory (Ram): 4.00GB (4 X 1GB PC2-5300 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM 240pin)
Video type: PCI Express
Expansion Bus: PCI x 3, PCI Express one x1, PCI Express one x4, and a PCI Express one x16

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July 21, 2013 5:06:42 PM

Don't quite understand your question.
Normally all you would do is use a Molex-to-SATA adapter. If your PSU has a 4 pin molex connecter, buy an adapter or adapter cable, plug it into the Molex connector from the PSU and plug the other end into the new SATA harddrive.
Why not use the cables that are currently attached to the harddrive you are replacing?
If this doesn't answer the question, then perhaps you can post a picture of the cable in question.

UPDATE: I just looked at your PSU. You are talking about the actual Modular cable that plugs into the power supply!! Now I understand.
The solution I gave will work if you have a handy Molex 4 pin connector. If I am seeing correctly in the picture I have, the molex connecters are black; they will be much thicker then a SATA power connecter HOWEVER, You should have sufficient SATA power connecters to hook up 6 or more SATA devices. Those are preferable to any adapter set-up.
If you have lost a/the modular cable(s), then you will need to contact OCZ for a replacement; they are specific to the PSU and model. Their customer service is pretty good.
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July 22, 2013 1:47:07 AM

I have two spare cables which are identical that came with the power supply, these will not fit the hard drive. I didn't receive any cables with the hard drive and don't have any other spare cables. All I need is a sata cable with a 6 pin connector to fit in my power supply but can't find any. If there is a specific adapter I need then please provide details.
Thanks,
Lunar 21

nostall said:
Don't quite understand your question.
Normally all you would do is use a Molex-to-SATA adapter. If your PSU has a 4 pin molex connecter, buy an adapter or adapter cable, plug it into the Molex connector from the PSU and plug the other end into the new SATA harddrive.
Why not use the cables that are currently attached to the harddrive you are replacing?
If this doesn't answer the question, then perhaps you can post a picture of the cable in question.

UPDATE: I just looked at your PSU. You are talking about the actual Modular cable that plugs into the power supply!! Now I understand.
The solution I gave will work if you have a handy Molex 4 pin connector. If I am seeing correctly in the picture I have, the molex connecters are black; they will be much thicker then a SATA power connecter HOWEVER, You should have sufficient SATA power connecters to hook up 6 or more SATA devices. Those are preferable to any adapter set-up.
If you have lost a/the modular cable(s), then you will need to contact OCZ for a replacement; they are specific to the PSU and model. Their customer service is pretty good.


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July 22, 2013 8:20:10 AM

Lunar21 said:
I have two spare cables which are identical that came with the power supply, these will not fit the hard drive. I didn't receive any cables with the hard drive and don't have any other spare cables. All I need is a sata cable with a 6 pin connector to fit in my power supply but can't find any. If there is a specific adapter I need then please provide details.
Thanks,
Lunar 21

nostall said:
Don't quite understand your question.
Normally all you would do is use a Molex-to-SATA adapter. If your PSU has a 4 pin molex connecter, buy an adapter or adapter cable, plug it into the Molex connector from the PSU and plug the other end into the new SATA harddrive.
Why not use the cables that are currently attached to the harddrive you are replacing?
If this doesn't answer the question, then perhaps you can post a picture of the cable in question.

UPDATE: I just looked at your PSU. You are talking about the actual Modular cable that plugs into the power supply!! Now I understand.
The solution I gave will work if you have a handy Molex 4 pin connector. If I am seeing correctly in the picture I have, the molex connecters are black; they will be much thicker then a SATA power connecter HOWEVER, You should have sufficient SATA power connecters to hook up 6 or more SATA devices. Those are preferable to any adapter set-up.
If you have lost a/the modular cable(s), then you will need to contact OCZ for a replacement; they are specific to the PSU and model. Their customer service is pretty good.




Please re-read my original post.
If you don't have the cable(s) you need, you will have to contact OCZ, the maker of your power supply according to your original post (OP), and obtain the proper cable from them.
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