How to Make Your Own Notebook HDD Cable

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    • 1). Put on an antistatic wrist strap or touch a metal surface to discharge yourself of static electricity.

    • 2). Turn off the notebook and disconnect the power adapter. Remove any other devices connected to the side panels.

    • 3). Close the display and flip the notebook face down. Use a small cross-head screwdriver to loosen the screws securing the HDD panel to the base of the computer.

    • 4). Set the panel aside. Loosen the screw securing the hard drive caddy to the case. Lift the caddy from the notebook.

    • 5). Connect the four-pin peripheral power adapter to the four-pin connector attached to the SATA-to-USB power supply. Connect the SATA power cable to the rear of the hard drive.

    • 6). Plug the power supply into a wall outlet. Connect a SATA data cable to the SATA interface on the side of the SATA-to-USB adapter.

    • 7). Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the rear of the notebook HDD. Flip the switch on the power supply to "On" position.

    • 8). Plug the USB cable connected to the SATA/IDE-to-USB adapter into a USB slot on your computer.

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