Problem with new hard drive in Acer computer

By davbell22602
Dec 24, 2009
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  1. davbell22602

    davbell22602 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 133

    This the controller card a PC Repair Shop item or can I get it at Office Max or Staples?

    Well after talking to another tech he wants to try to put in the other computer. He thinks I didnt hook it up right. The old harddrive in the T160 was hooked up using the old style white 4 pin power plug and 1in wide black sata plug. Thats how I hooked up the new 300gb also. The 300gb hooked up in the T180 using the little 1/2in. wide black power plug and 1in wide black sata plug.
  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,034   +70

    Four pin power connectors were used for IDE/PATA drivers in the olden days; they can't be connected with SATA drivers in anyway. Therefore, it can be the case as being pointed out.
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,385   +205

    Early Western Digital SATA hard drives had two kinds of power connector options, a 4 pin molex and the standard SATA . I have one, a 250 GB model. WD had a proprietary but optional data connector called Secureconnect that was designed to solve the problem of SATA data connectors coming loose easily. It works but the downside was that it covered the SATA power connector on the hard drive. The molex connector would then have to be used.

    That said, I'm not saying that necessarily applies here, just that such a hard drive exists.
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,034   +70

    Ah alright thankyou for correction mail, I extremely appreciate that; I've just read about such things but never seen one being sold here; so I kinda totally forgot about them in the first place. Regards
  5. davbell22602

    davbell22602 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 133

    The harddrive will work on the T160 now. The problem was not using the correct SATA/power cables. Now windows xp keeps wanting to remove the smart media/mass storage device.
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