What are the two cables that connect to a hard drive?

Any desktop computer hard drive has two connectors, one for power cable and other for data cable. Power cable connects a hard drive PCB (Printed Circuit Board) with computer’s power supply. Data cable connects the hard drive with a computer’s motherboard. SATA connectors (Serial ATA or S-ATA interface).

What are the two cables for when attaching an SSD or an HDD?

To install the SSD as a secondary drive (not your primary or boot drive), use a SATA cable and attach one end of the cable to the SATA connector on your motherboard. Attach the other end of the SATA cable to your Crucial SSD.

Do hard drives include SATA cables?

No, usually the sata cables come along with your MOBO.. But other than that it’s just the HDD you get. There is no software or anything needed.

Do hard drives come with power cables?

Most HDD’s and Optical drives do not come with Sata cables. These are usually provided by the motherboard maker. If you need to purchase them Walmart is not the place you will find them.

Does a hard drive need both cables?

You only need to connect one or the other. The top plug is a “Molex” connector, and the bottom plug is SATA power. Once you’ve connected up power, it’s time to connect the data side of things. You’ll need a SATA cable to connect your new hard drive to your motherboard.

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What are the two connectors that a normal SATA drive will usually have?

Types of SATA Cables

There are two principle SATA cable connector types – power and data. The simplest way to identify the difference between the two types is that data is the smaller of the two (typically 7-pin) whereas power is larger (typically 15-pin).

Can I just plug in a new SSD?

Sure you can just plug a drive in an use it for storage(you will need to initialize/create a partition and format it within your operating system). If you get an SSD I would suggest you install or clone Windows onto it to get the performance boost.

Do HDD and SSD use the same cables?

Since both drives use the same interface – SATA, then the cables are the same for both power and data. So basically you should have no trouble connecting the SSD you’ve mentioned with the cables that would be connected to the HDD.

What are the two cables needed for SSD?

With an SSD you need to attach the power and data cable. They should use normal current connectors.

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