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    Hard drive problems help please

    Hey guys

    I can't believe i'm asking this question...but i don't know how to install my 2.5" sata hard drive to my motherboard which is (Via Epia M 10000G Motherboard) can someone please tell me how to connect cord by cord and name them...or if you have a diagram or picture that would be good, just anything will help Please


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    Simple answer: return your SATA hard drive and get a PATA (parallel ATA, also known as ATA or IDE). You will probably need an adapter to connect a 2.5" laptop drive to a desktop motherboard such as the M10000.

    And next time read your specifications very, very carefully so you purchase compatible parts.

    You may also be able to get by with one of these: http://www.cooldrives.com/satoidecofor.html.

    (Low profile model pictured on a 2.5" HDD)

    I haven't used one, so I can't say how well they work or not, but it's supposed to do what you need. If you're trying to cram all this into a Voom-style case, forget this adapter and just exchange the HDD. There's simply not enough room in the case for a circuit board of this size hanging off the back of the HDD.
    Never mind the increased potential for the adapter to work its way loose in the harsher environment of a moving vehicle with bumps, bruises, vibrations, etc.




    To the rest of you Newbies to the vehicle computing hobby... Heed this warning:
    PLAN YOUR SETUP IN METICULOUS DETAIL BEFORE YOU PURCHASE ANY PIECES/PARTS!!!

    It's a mantra that has been preached here as long as I've been coming around.
    Careful, thorough planning of your entire installation will help you avoid these little hiccoughs.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    I do have a 2.5 adapter but it just doesn't fit my laptop sata hard drive what do i do then.

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    What adapter do you have? Is it specifically to use a SATA hard drive on a PATA interface?
    Does it specifically state that it will fit on a 2.5" laptop style HDD?

    Honestly, I think your easiest solution is to return the SATA HDD and adapter and just get a PATA HDD. Your life will be a lot easier, I assure you.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    yeh yeh it says 2.5" HDD adapter so why wouldn't it fit

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    Without seeing the adapter, I have no way of knowing. Got a link? A pic? Something more than just a description?

    And you said it's for a 2.5" HDD... Are you certain it is for a SATA hard drive to connect to a PATA interface?
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    MY BAD EVERYONE

    DarquePervert Thank you so so much for your help...l'm just going to buy a PATA and return my SATA...Im an idiot

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    So i take it that it was a 3.5 to 2.5 IDE adapter?
    Just to help out other people on the forums, what was the issue?
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