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Anonymous
January 5, 2005 4:38:34 AM

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I had a hard drive fail on a Dell Dimension, less than 1 year old. I open it
up to remove the failed 160GB hard drive - and lo and behold both the power
and data connectors are ones I've never seen before. Usually they have a
Molex power connector and a 40-pin ribbon cable connector. But these new
data connectors use far fewer pins.

What are these connectors, and are these typical on large HD's or a Dell
proprietary connector? Are there any adapters available should I wish to
install a "standard connector" HD or mount the Dell HD in a different machie
to retrieve data?
Anonymous
January 5, 2005 4:38:35 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

They're likely SATA drives. Pretty much all new machines have SATA drives.

Why not get a new drive under warranty?

As for other drives, you can get an adapter to connect an 'traditional'
drive (PATA) to your SATA connector. You can also get a PCI SATA card for
other machines.


Tom
"DesignGuy" <dontbother@nowhere.com> wrote in message
news:uyHCd.751789$mD.167808@attbi_s02...
>I had a hard drive fail on a Dell Dimension, less than 1 year old. I open
>it
> up to remove the failed 160GB hard drive - and lo and behold both the
> power
> and data connectors are ones I've never seen before. Usually they have a
> Molex power connector and a 40-pin ribbon cable connector. But these new
> data connectors use far fewer pins.
>
> What are these connectors, and are these typical on large HD's or a Dell
> proprietary connector? Are there any adapters available should I wish to
> install a "standard connector" HD or mount the Dell HD in a different
> machie
> to retrieve data?
>
>
>
>
Anonymous
January 5, 2005 4:38:35 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Did you order a Serial ATA hard disk for your computer?

Ted Zieglar

"DesignGuy" <dontbother@nowhere.com> wrote in message
news:uyHCd.751789$mD.167808@attbi_s02...
>I had a hard drive fail on a Dell Dimension, less than 1 year old. I open
>it
> up to remove the failed 160GB hard drive - and lo and behold both the
> power
> and data connectors are ones I've never seen before. Usually they have a
> Molex power connector and a 40-pin ribbon cable connector. But these new
> data connectors use far fewer pins.
>
> What are these connectors, and are these typical on large HD's or a Dell
> proprietary connector? Are there any adapters available should I wish to
> install a "standard connector" HD or mount the Dell HD in a different
> machie
> to retrieve data?
>
>
>
>
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Anonymous
January 5, 2005 4:38:35 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

"DesignGuy" <dontbother@nowhere.com> wrote:
>I had a hard drive fail on a Dell Dimension, less than 1 year old. I open it
>up to remove the failed 160GB hard drive - and lo and behold both the power
>and data connectors are ones I've never seen before. Usually they have a
>Molex power connector and a 40-pin ribbon cable connector. But these new
>data connectors use far fewer pins.

Could this be SATA (Serial ATA) connections?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA
Anonymous
January 5, 2005 4:38:35 AM

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In article <uyHCd.751789$mD.167808@attbi_s02>, dontbother@nowhere.com
says...

> I had a hard drive fail on a Dell Dimension, less than 1 year old. I open it
> up to remove the failed 160GB hard drive - and lo and behold both the power
> and data connectors are ones I've never seen before. Usually they have a
> Molex power connector and a 40-pin ribbon cable connector. But these new
> data connectors use far fewer pins.

<snippety>

Welcome to the Wonderful World of SATA drives.

In other words, Serial ATA.

Sorry... I still prefer SCSI.


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Anonymous
January 5, 2005 4:58:46 AM

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DesignGuy wrote:
> I had a hard drive fail on a Dell Dimension, less than 1 year old. I
> open it up to remove the failed 160GB hard drive - and lo and behold
> both the power and data connectors are ones I've never seen before.
> Usually they have a Molex power connector and a 40-pin ribbon cable
> connector. But these new data connectors use far fewer pins.
>
> What are these connectors, and are these typical on large HD's or a
> Dell proprietary connector? Are there any adapters available should I
> wish to install a "standard connector" HD or mount the Dell HD in a
> different machie to retrieve data?

Probably a SATA drive - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA

Eventually these will replace PATA drives (the new name for the old IDE
drives with the molex and ribbon cable).

HTH,

Pete.
Anonymous
January 5, 2005 7:04:48 AM

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"DesignGuy" <dontbother@nowhere.com> wrote in message
news:uyHCd.751789$mD.167808@attbi_s02...
> I had a hard drive fail on a Dell Dimension, less than 1 year old. I open
it
> up to remove the failed 160GB hard drive - and lo and behold both the
power
> and data connectors are ones I've never seen before. Usually they have a
> Molex power connector and a 40-pin ribbon cable connector. But these new
> data connectors use far fewer pins.
>
> What are these connectors, and are these typical on large HD's or a Dell
> proprietary connector? Are there any adapters available should I wish to
> install a "standard connector" HD or mount the Dell HD in a different
machie
> to retrieve data?

Thanks to all who posted. After reading the Wikipedia entries and looking at
the photos, the drive is a SATA unit. I'd never seen one before, which is
what threw me for a loop.

Thanks again.
!