New HDD won't fit my computer

By MJCollins
Dec 12, 2012
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  1. Hi first time here,

    My old PC crashed a couple weeks ago and I presumed the hard drive was the source of the problem. So today my new one came in the mail and as I went to plug it in I noticed that neither of the plugs that fit my old hard drive will fit into the new one.

    The power plug is too wide for it, and the data plug doesn't even look close to similar. I'd put some pictures up but my cell phone's quality is bad. Really bad.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,476   +292

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  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,818   +1,431

    How old is your computer? Are you positive you don't have SATA ports on the motherboard that you can connect the new HDD to? They come in different colors but look like the ones below.

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  4. MJCollins

    MJCollins Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    It's only about 2 years old. And no I don't have any ports like that.

    I went to that link and from the looks of it it wouldn't work either. Here are a couple pictures of my connectors.

    And thanks for your help!

    Attached Files:

  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,818   +1,431

    Which hard drive did you purchase? Can you give us the model number?
  6. MJCollins

    MJCollins Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,818   +1,431

    Thats an SAS drive, the one you need is a SATA drive.
  8. MJCollins

    MJCollins Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Right... thanks lol.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,577   +863

    7200 RPM, huh? I didn't think they made scuzzi drives that spin so slow...
  10. temporae

    temporae Newcomer, in training

    If you can, just get an adapter from SAS=SATA and you should be fine.

    I just looked up the kinds of specs on SAS drives versus SATA and it looks pretty convincing: I'd go for SAS too if I wanted that kind of performance/reliability boost:

    http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/sb/CS-031831.htm


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