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Old 04-28-12, 02:17 PM   #1
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Default how to connect external hdd internally

I need some advice concerning this. I have a seagate freeplay 1tb with a faulty usb connection. The piece where u plug the usb cable into the hdd has broken off and now my hdd doesn't get power. I screwed it open and found 3 plugs on the hdd itself.

A 15 pin connection a 7 pin connection and a 4 pin connection. Which one should I use to connect the hdd internally ?


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Old 04-28-12, 02:24 PM   #2
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Just a random guess but it seems like the 15-pin is for ribbon used to connect it from the Motherboard to the HDD and 4-pin would be the Molex connection (for power). Never computers I think use SATA, but if you have a dated PC you could connect it or you can buy a new HDD enclosure.
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Old 04-28-12, 02:30 PM   #3
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15 pin = data
4 pin = power

Newer computers usually do use SATA connectors, but some have the ribbon connections still available on the motherboard but usually you may need to get your own cable. Either that or look for a HDD controller PCI card to install. I highly doubt there is SATA to 15+4pin conversions
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Old 04-28-12, 03:11 PM   #4
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a sata disk has a seven pin data and a fifteen pin power connections. also converters are available for IDE to SATA and SATA to IDE connections
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Old 04-28-12, 03:36 PM   #5
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My two external drives, both a Seagate and WD, are both standard internal SATA drives in the enclosure. Maybe yours is an older or newer model and it's different.

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Old 04-28-12, 09:02 PM   #6
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Alternatively you can buy something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002
I did it when my power adapter in my external broke 2 years ago and have had no problems with it. although admittedly not the most aesthetic solution

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Old 04-28-12, 09:12 PM   #7
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ichigo. code that link
anyways, all you have to do is take the cover off of the HDD and you will see the USB connector. Take that off and tah dah! it's a normal HDD!
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Old 05-05-12, 01:49 PM   #8
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ichigo. code that link
anyways, all you have to do is take the cover off of the HDD and you will see the USB connector. Take that off and tah dah! it's a normal HDD!
Sorry about that that was the first time I put a url in a post and I had forgotten that particular rule.
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