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14 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Power Supply

I just installed a new power supply in my computer today. My original bad one had about 3 SATA power connectors. I only need 2. I have my hard drive powered up obviously, but the two connectors on the new PSU are too close together to reach.

Is it possible to cut one of the connectors off, and lengthen the wires a little so that it will reach my CD drive? I know I can physically do it, but it wouldn't cause any problems would it? I could see if it was transferring data, but surely it won't hurt power would it?

Thanks,

Joey

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14 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Sure, if you're up for the soldering job. (Maybe too small for wire nuts.)

I'd probably prefer to use one of the Molex connectors plus an adapter, if you have both (and the cable for the old-style connectors are longer than the SATA ones).
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14 Aug 2010   #3

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Yup. Like bobkn says, an adapter is better. It's the same power, and you don't have to cut anything, which will void your PSU's warranty.
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14 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I was kind of thinking about that too, I was just looking at both options.

I wonder if Radio shack might have something like that? I guess if not newegg will.
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14 Aug 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

If you have a Fry's nearby, they will have it. A Guy
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14 Aug 2010   #6
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Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Newegg does,

Newegg.com - Link Depot SATA Power Extension Cable Model POW-SATA-EXT

or see if you can find the same thing locally.
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14 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Newegg does,

Newegg.com - Link Depot SATA Power Extension Cable Model POW-SATA-EXT

or see if you can find the same thing locally.
Local is good.

Newegg charges more for the shipping than for the part.
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15 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Luckily, I found what I need at a radio shack close by, they have a Molex to SATA adapter so I'm going to pick it up on the way home from work tomorrow.
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15 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Excellent. Fabe
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