Having problems with your Acer Aspire™ T180 PC Desktop ?

How to install a second hard drive

\015 I have bought a SATA hard drive for my Acer T180 but it not clear how to install it. Any help appreciated.\015

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Pmarrs177 you are quite welcome!

I suppose I better post this as a solution, instead of in a Clarification.

This way when someone looks for this type of information, it will be available in a search hit on the internet.

Your problem and my solution will be on the internet for years to come. (Also easier to read) Congratulations! You'll be known worldwide as one more person, who helped bring the mysteries of SATA to be a little bit less mysterious.

Installing it as a secondary storage Harddrive?

Did your Acer T180 model\015\012 come with a SATA harddrive already installed?

There are several \015\012different models of the Acer T180.
Some examples: AST180-UA380A, \015\012AST180-U381A, AST180-UA380B

Some of these came with a PATA harddrive, and some came with a \015\012SATA harddrive. (PATA is also referred to as ATA, IDE, and EIDE)

Why the question? Because when Windows is first \015\012installed on a computer, you are asked if you wish the SATA drivers to \015\012be installed.

The model version of an ACER T180 that came with a SATA \015\012harddrive, has these drivers already installed.

If your Acer did come \015\012with a SATA harddrive, and you are installing an additional harddrive \015\012for more storage, just plug the SATA data cable into ANY available SATA header on the motherboard.

BIOS will find the harddrive. Just one \015\012of the nice features about SATA.

You can use ANY SATA header on the \015\012motherboard. {Not shouting}
(A connection on a motherboard is a Header. This is what a \015\012SATA header on a motherboard looks like, doesn't matter what color it \015\012is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA

{Top right photo on page)

The \015\012SATA data cable, usually has a 90 degree elbow on one end. This end \015\012connects to the Harddrive. Doesn't always have a 90 degree elbow, but most of the time it does.

The straight end connects to the motherboard. There are 7 pins used in the connector.
The SATA power cable has 15 \015\012pins.

Scroll down the page in the above link, for photos of the end connector for a SATA data cable, and the end connector used for a SATA power cable.

NOTE*
IF, you do not have \015\012an unused SATA power cable coming out of your Power Supply, see if you \015\012have a 4-pin peripheral power cable that is not being used.

(The \015\012connector end is referred to as a 4-pin Molex connector. It is whitish \015\012in color)
This shows what a 4-pin peripheral power cable looks like,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

Buy an adapter power cable that connects to the 4-pin Molex \015\012connector, and has a 15-pin SATA power cable connector on the other end.\015\012

Example: http://www.directron.com/idesatapower.html


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