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Old 08-31-2006, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default GSATA or SATA? How to hook up my HD to the mobo?

I have this hard drive:

And this mobo:

I need to know how to hook it up. My mobo has two main different type of connections for HD’s. Here are the two:

SATAII0/1/2/3 (SATA 3Gb/s Connector, Controlled by Intel ICH8)


GSATAII0/1 (SATA 3Gb/s Connector, Controlled by GIGABYTE SATA2)

So what one do I choose to hook the hard drive up to?

Here is a pic of the cable provided with the mobo for the hard drive. It also shows the three pairs of connections for the hard drive. The GSATA is the purple one and the SATA is the yellow one.

Also here is a pic of my hard drive. It has three connections on the back. One is for power the other fits the yellow cable in the above picture. So I assume it goes to the mobo. But there is a third connection. The longer one of the two. What is that for? I do not have any cables that fit it. Do I need it?

Also what’s the difference between SATA 2 and SATA 3? My HD says its SATA 2 but the mobo says it supports up to SATA 3. And what’s the difference between the two jacks I listed above?

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Old 08-31-2006, 09:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As long as they plug in, then I would think they'd work, since the mobo says it can handle up to sata3 and your hd is sata2, shouldn't be any problem. As far as differences, I don't honestly know. Oh and the section you boxed in red on the HD is the power connection.

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Old 08-31-2006, 10:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The one in the red box is SATA Power plug.

This is needed.

The One in the BLUE is where the acctual sata cable goes.

The one in the purple, nothing plugs into. You put jumper over certain pins and it can enable A. Master B. slave C. Cable select. Dont worry about this as usually sata does it by it self.

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You have the option of using either power connections. DON'T USE BOTH! You will fry it this way.
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Old 08-31-2006, 11:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Dont use both of what? I looked more carefully and found something out. There are two plugs. Power and data. Thats it. The thire thing is just a jumper. So do I use the GSATA or the SATA port on the mobo?
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Old 08-31-2006, 11:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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There are six plugs on the mobo for the HD. What one do I use? They are labeled as follows:

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Old 09-01-2006, 02:44 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Use SATAII0 to plug it into. The GSATA connectors are a secondary chipset that control additional SATA conections. Use the motherboard's chipset connectors first. QED!
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I have mine plugged into the yellow ones.

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