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Sata connectors ?

Discussion in 'A+' started by Flamehearted, May 10, 2005.

  1. Flamehearted

    Flamehearted Nibble Poster

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    I cant' seem to clear this up on the web. :cry:

    How do Sata cables connect to the motherboard ? Do they have the same 40 pin connection as IDE drives ? Do they use the same slots ?

    I know the cables are thinner with 4 wires (?) but is the actual connection different ?

    Thanks all in advance !
     
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  2. tripwire45
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    Punting here, but I think either your motherboard has to support the SATA connector (looks kind of like an RJ45) or you have to have an adapter kit so you can use the mobo's onboard IDE connector.
     
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  3. Phoenix
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    RJ45?
    id say it looks more akin to a flat USB cable

    I have taken the liberty of attaching some pictures to help point this out

    SATA is the same both ends, u will require special connectors on both the drive, and the mobo/expansion card

    they also have new power connectors
    although the 1st generation ones contained molex ports as well

    sata1.jpg
    sata2.jpg
     
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  4. tripwire45
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    :oops: Chagrined again.
     
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  5. Jakamoko
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    Second image seems broken Ryan ?
     
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  6. Flamehearted

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    Ah thanks all - thats ace - thanks for the picures.

    So is it a 40 pin connection then ? Am I right that it only uses 4 wires ? :blink
     
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  7. Modey

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    It's not 40 pin in any way shape or form Flame, as far as I know it's actualy a 7 pin connector (although you shouldn't need to know that for A+). And yes it's 4 wires.

    So,

    Parallel ATA (40 Pin connector, 40 wires)
    Parallel Ultra DMA ATA (40 Pins still, but 80 wires)

    Serial ATA (7 pins, 4 wires)

    Well, I reckon that's right anyway. :) Please set me right someone if it's not.
     
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  8. Phoenix
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    pic fixed, thanks for pointing that out jak


     
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  9. Jakamoko
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    Sorry to be real picky on this Thread Ryan, but shouldn't you quote your sources m8 ? :oops:
     
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  10. Phoenix
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    meh!
    forgot to fill in the quote= part :/
    picky git :D
     
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  11. Jakamoko
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    You know yourself that the source is most often as useful as the link or quote itself - no offence intended :)
     
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  12. Phoenix
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    yup yup, wont argue there
    just forgot to edit the quote tag hehe :)
     
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