Hard Drive Led connection?!?

By ThePurser
Mar 17, 2005
  1. Can anyone help please! I have an eternal enclosure, a dual 5.25 bay powered scsi enclosure and I have fitted it with a twin Ide to Firewire card, a 240gig Hdd and a multiformat dual layer DVD drive. All this is connected to my Laptop when I am at home as a backup and storage facility.

    The case came fitted with 3 Leds in the front. One for power and two for Hdd lights.

    How do I connect these to my Hdd and DVD drive please. All posts I've read refer to motherboard headers. This is an external Firewire encosure. HELP!?!?!?!
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Modern hard drives do not have LED connectors on them. You might find a LED or a connector on the FireWire-IDE controller itself.

    You can also get the activity signal from the IDE connector - it is pin/wire 39. You will need to do some soldering because connecting a LED directly to the IDE cable equals smoke.

    You find some schematics and instructions here: http://www.zapwizard.com/Guides/IDE/. Scroll to the bottom for the simple solution if you don't need to separate between master and slave.
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