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Jake0604

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Mar 31, 2011
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Using a Molex to SATA adapter, can I plug the power cable into the connection in HD bay 4?
 

ActionableMango

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Sep 21, 2010
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That SATA connector on the backplane is a combo connector (data+power). A normal SATA power to Molex power cable will not attach properly. But if you have the right cable (with a combo connector) it should work.

Obviously you will lose a HDD bay though. Everyone I know who has done this took the extra effort to use the optical bay power so as not to lose drive capacity.
 
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Jake0604

macrumors regular
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Mar 31, 2011
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That SATA connector on the backplane is a combo connector (data+power). A normal SATA power to Molex power cable will not attach properly. But if you have the right cable (with a combo connector) it should work.

Obviously you will lose a HDD bay though. Everyone I know who has done this took the extra effort to use the optical bay power so as not to lose drive capacity.

Well I just tried it and it works perfectly, I'm not concerned about losing the HD bay because I already have my SSD mounted in the 2nd optical drive bay.

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ActionableMango

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Oh that's great!

I tried mine that came with my card and it didn't work. There was a rectangular protrusion that wouldn't connect with the combo connector on the SATA backplane.
 
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