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November 23, 2012 2:15:47 AM

Hi everyone. I just bought an OCZ Vertex 4 SSD and I noticed that it doesn't ship with any cables. From what I understand, all SATA data cables are identical. However, many of the power cables seem to have Molex 4 pin connectors on them, rather than the 5 pin SATA connectors. Does this matter in any way?

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November 23, 2012 2:27:59 AM

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However, many of the power cables seem to have Molex 4 pin connectors on them, rather than the 5 pin SATA connectors.


? I don't understand your problem. With an SSD you need to attach the power and data cable. They should use normal current connectors. I haven't seen any "molex" powered SSDs.
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a b G Storage
November 23, 2012 2:29:06 AM

I think there were initially some HDDs that used SATA data cables and molex power connectors, but that was pretty rare and shouldn't exist today. Certainly not on SSDs.
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a b G Storage
November 23, 2012 2:34:36 AM

I know some early 3.5" hdds had both plugs. I can't imagine any SSDs doing this. They need to be able to go into laptops, where the connection should be standard. A molex connecter would ruin that.
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November 23, 2012 2:40:57 AM

Thanks for the replies. As you can probably tell, I'm new to this. Did a google search for "SATA power cables" and got a bunch of results for what looked to me like 4 pin molex connectors. The same thing happened when I searched both Amazon and Newegg. Now that I know what to look for, I should have more luck finding cables to purchase.
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a b G Storage
November 23, 2012 2:42:25 AM

Your PSU should have a "SATA" power cable already on it. If yours doesn't you need to buy a new PSU.
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a b G Storage
November 23, 2012 2:43:56 AM

StickyRicky said:
Thanks for the replies. As you can probably tell, I'm new to this. Did a google search for "SATA power cables" and got a bunch of results for what looked to me like 4 pin molex connectors. The same thing happened when I searched both Amazon and Newegg. Now that I know what to look for, I should have more luck finding cables to purchase.

Your PSU should have SATA power connectors (if not, you can use molex to SATA adapters). So it's only the data cable you should need to buy, and only if your motherboard/computer didn't come with any (or too few).
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