12-02-2019 09:52 AM - edited 12-02-2019 09:55 AM
This is an embarrassingly elementary question: We have an IdeaCentre H530s desktop PC (yes, it's an old machine). Someone partially disassembled it a few years ago. They took out both the hard drive and the optical drive and all the cables that connected them. I'm trying to reassemble and revive the machine (going to try a Linux OS). The motherboard is the original (photo attached).
The main problem I'm having now is finding the connection(s) on the motherboard to connect the drives. The hard drive connections are pretty obvious: There are 3 SATA ports and a 4-pin power connector on the motherboard that is labeled "hard drive power" in the manual I'm using. But try as I might, I can't figure out where to connect the power cable for the optical drive. There's nothing coming out of the power supply that isn't already connected to somewhere on the motherboard. The user manual, of course, is hopelessly uninformative about this. I'm wondering whether both power cables go to the same 4-pin outlet through a power-splitting cable adapter? I'm hoping for some help from someone who knows these things. Thank you!
12-02-2019 02:52 PM
SATA data cables have to be one-for-one, but power cables can have multiple drops. Does your power cable have 2 or more drive connectors?
12-03-2019 08:43 AM
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Click on the Hardware Manual of your computer this is where you can see things like the image below to help you re-assemble your computer.
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