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Thread: Power for the Western Digital raptor??




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    Now that I have a WD Raptor comming OEM, I already have the cable(Serial ATA) that came with my asus a7n8x deluxe motherboard to hook it up with, but do I need anything special as far as hooking up the power to it or does it take the same kind of power supply cable that regular 7,200 and 5,200 hard drives take???
    Here are my specs:
    System Specs: ATX generic case with Antec 550 watt power supply. ASUS A7N8X Deluxe Motherboard. Western Digital 7,200 RPM 40 gig IDE Hard Drive.(NTFS- file system) AMD Athlon XP 2600 processor.(standard fan and heatsink-Thoroughbred Core-standard speed-NO OVERCLOCK) 1 gig of Samsung DDRAM(PC 2700- 333 mhz....2-512mb sticks running in dual channel mode).Ati Radeon 8x 9600 XT (8x is enabled on motherboard). Soundblaster Audigy 2 sound card. Motorola sb 5100 cable modem (Insight Communications-Cable Connection) BenQ 16x DVD- RECORDER.(records -R/-RW or +R/+RW and CD-R formats) LG 52x32x52 CD Burner. Zip 100 internal drive and a generic 3.5 floppy drive. Windows XP Professional Operating System. I also have a HP Deskjet 3520 inkjet printer and a KDS X Flat 17 inch CRT monitor.

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    It has both Serial ATA power and Legacy 4-pin power connectors.

    Use one or the other, but not both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulburner
    It has both Serial ATA power and Legacy 4-pin power connectors.

    Use one or the other, but not both.


    Which one is better to use? The serial ATA or the Legacy 4-pin?? Is there an advantage to using one over the other?? (I assume the Legacy 4-pin is the regular power supply connection?) Also If I choose the ATA power supply do I have to order an ATA power cable for it? Or did one come with my asus a7n8x deluxe retail board? I am not going to be the one putting it in, but I ordered the drive OEM which means it comes with the drive only...no cables....so I need to know this info so that I can have everything ready when the guy I hired to install it comes to my house.
    Here are my specs:
    System Specs: ATX generic case with Antec 550 watt power supply. ASUS A7N8X Deluxe Motherboard. Western Digital 7,200 RPM 40 gig IDE Hard Drive.(NTFS- file system) AMD Athlon XP 2600 processor.(standard fan and heatsink-Thoroughbred Core-standard speed-NO OVERCLOCK) 1 gig of Samsung DDRAM(PC 2700- 333 mhz....2-512mb sticks running in dual channel mode).Ati Radeon 8x 9600 XT (8x is enabled on motherboard). Soundblaster Audigy 2 sound card. Motorola sb 5100 cable modem (Insight Communications-Cable Connection) BenQ 16x DVD- RECORDER.(records -R/-RW or +R/+RW and CD-R formats) LG 52x32x52 CD Burner. Zip 100 internal drive and a generic 3.5 floppy drive. Windows XP Professional Operating System. I also have a HP Deskjet 3520 inkjet printer and a KDS X Flat 17 inch CRT monitor.

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    Power cables don't come from your MB....they come from your PS.

    So yes, your PS either has to have a Serial ATA power cable, or get an adapter. My board came with an adapter but I used the SATA power.

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