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adding a ssd to my hp computer

#1grnsunPosted 10/21/2013 1:48:15 PM
I have the hp hpe 250f computer with
windows 7
i7 860
hd 5770
1tb hard drive

I want to add a ssd and use it as my main os drive.
I am new to this kind of stuff besides dusting it
I do not see a place to put my power for the ssd, where do i plug it in the power supply.
I bought this, http://www.staples.com/Kingston-SSDNow-V200-64GB-25-SATA-III-6-Gb-s-MLC-Internal/product_846183
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#2JockoPosted 10/21/2013 4:05:33 PM
Hopefully you're power supply has an extra molex or sata power cable but since you have a pre-built HP they may have cheaped out on the power supply and only made the bare minimum amount of power connectors to power only what's already in there.

One of the many reasons why pre-built PC's from major manufacturers blow.

if this is the case you can try getting a molex power splitter cable:

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?seq=1&format=2&p_id=1313&CAWELAID=1329457986&catargetid=320013720000011304&cadevice=c&cagpspn=pla&gclid=CMrw67WEqboCFQcSMwodyX0AUg

And then if I'm seeing the picture correctly of your SSD it looks like it has a Molex to SATA converter cable that looks like it could plug into your SSD to power it.
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#3grnsun(Topic Creator)Posted 10/21/2013 4:31:44 PM(edited)
here is a picture of something i saw http://i.imgur.com/dKAPPN7.jpg
is this it?


also, will there be any power problems or it should be fine since ssd and hdd do not use a lot of power



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#4grnsun(Topic Creator)Posted 10/22/2013 5:17:01 AM
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#5Zer0theNightPosted 10/22/2013 5:49:25 AM
dusty...
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#6_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 10/22/2013 6:39:26 AM(edited)
What I hate about this board is that they keep yapping about consoles and all that nonsense, but when someone has a question about PC hardware you can hear the crickets chirp.

Anyway, it is really easy. Your SSD has two connectors. As you can see here:
http://www.legitreviews.com/images/reviews/1307/mushkin_callisto_sata.jpg
There is a small one that you see on the left (on the right if you flip the SSD over) and a larger one on the other side.

The smaller one is where you connects your sata cable. Make sure you use a 6gb/s cable since this is a sataIII SSD and you will lose performance by using a regular 3GB/s one, even though it should work with either. These are those cables:
http://www.coolgear.com/images/30SS127YL.jpg
They look a little different depending on brand, but the connector part should have the same shape.

The larger one is where you connect the power. Should look like this and come from your PSU. If you do not have any sata connector coming from your PSU, it is already in use, or it is out of reach and you are nervous about undoing cables to get to it, you can get a SATA power adapter cable that you can plug into an available 4 pin molex coming from the PSU. Looks like this
http://quietpc.co.nz/images/products/sata-molex-hdd-cable.jpg
You can also see here what the connector looks like. Not how the connectors line up with the SSD connections.

When you install the OS, do it as you normally would. However, unplug your normal hard-drive first before install. In your BIOS, set SATA Type to AHCI. And while you are there, you might as well directly change the boot order to optical drives, then SSD, then etc. After windows is installed, you can go ahead and connect your old harddrive, which you can reformat if you want. If you do not unplug it, then the seperate partition window makes that contains your boot information will generally be made on the old harddrive, and that is not what you want. By unplugging it you make sure it can only be put on the SSD.
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#7crazyray47Posted 10/22/2013 7:01:42 AM
_GRIM_FANDANGO_ posted...
What I hate about this board is that they keep yapping about consoles and all that nonsense, but when someone has a question about PC hardware you can hear the crickets chirp.

Anyway, it is really easy. Your SSD has two connectors. As you can see here:
http://www.legitreviews.com/images/reviews/1307/mushkin_callisto_sata.jpg
There is a small one that you see on the left (on the right if you flip the SSD over) and a larger one on the other side.

The smaller one is where you connects your sata cable. Make sure you use a 6gb/s cable since this is a sataIII SSD and you will lose performance by using a regular 3GB/s one, even though it should work with either. These are those cables:
http://www.coolgear.com/images/30SS127YL.jpg
They look a little different depending on brand, but the connector part should have the same shape.

The larger one is where you connect the power. Should look like this and come from your PSU. If you do not have any sata connector coming from your PSU, it is already in use, or it is out of reach and you are nervous about undoing cables to get to it, you can get a SATA power adapter cable that you can plug into an available 4 pin molex coming from the PSU. Looks like this
http://quietpc.co.nz/images/products/sata-molex-hdd-cable.jpg
You can also see here what the connector looks like. Not how the connectors line up with the SSD connections.

When you install the OS, do it as you normally would. However, unplug your normal hard-drive first before install. In your BIOS, set SATA Type to AHCI. And while you are there, you might as well directly change the boot order to optical drives, then SSD, then etc. After windows is installed, you can go ahead and connect your old harddrive, which you can reformat if you want. If you do not unplug it, then the seperate partition window makes that contains your boot information will generally be made on the old harddrive, and that is not what you want. By unplugging it you make sure it can only be put on the SSD.


But this is GameFaqs!!! It's good to see people still take the time and give a good technical answer instead of console bashing.
#8grnsun(Topic Creator)Posted 10/22/2013 1:41:08 PM
_GRIM_FANDANGO_ posted...
What I hate about this board is that they keep yapping about consoles and all that nonsense, but when someone has a question about PC hardware you can hear the crickets chirp.

Anyway, it is really easy. Your SSD has two connectors. As you can see here:
http://www.legitreviews.com/images/reviews/1307/mushkin_callisto_sata.jpg
There is a small one that you see on the left (on the right if you flip the SSD over) and a larger one on the other side.

The smaller one is where you connects your sata cable. Make sure you use a 6gb/s cable since this is a sataIII SSD and you will lose performance by using a regular 3GB/s one, even though it should work with either. These are those cables:
http://www.coolgear.com/images/30SS127YL.jpg
They look a little different depending on brand, but the connector part should have the same shape.

The larger one is where you connect the power. Should look like this and come from your PSU. If you do not have any sata connector coming from your PSU, it is already in use, or it is out of reach and you are nervous about undoing cables to get to it, you can get a SATA power adapter cable that you can plug into an available 4 pin molex coming from the PSU. Looks like this
http://quietpc.co.nz/images/products/sata-molex-hdd-cable.jpg
You can also see here what the connector looks like. Not how the connectors line up with the SSD connections.

When you install the OS, do it as you normally would. However, unplug your normal hard-drive first before install. In your BIOS, set SATA Type to AHCI. And while you are there, you might as well directly change the boot order to optical drives, then SSD, then etc. After windows is installed, you can go ahead and connect your old harddrive, which you can reformat if you want. If you do not unplug it, then the seperate partition window makes that contains your boot information will generally be made on the old harddrive, and that is not what you want. By unplugging it you make sure it can only be put on the SSD.


WOW thats for giving me some clarification. if i want to start from scratch, that would benefit me a lot since i have had my computer for over 4 years.
Do i just manually transfer files i need by dragging them to the external hard drive? or is there a more smarter way to do it.

I want to use the product key of windows 7 from my old hard drive and put it in the ssd, this should work right?
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#9WyzeGyePosted 10/22/2013 1:57:05 PM
Sometimes it's easier to install windows, then when you reconnect the other hard drive just delete the windows installation folders after rearranging all of your files.
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#10grnsun(Topic Creator)Posted 10/22/2013 2:39:10 PM(edited)
WyzeGye posted...
Sometimes it's easier to install windows, then when you reconnect the other hard drive just delete the windows installation folders after rearranging all of your files.


okay, i might try that, but would useless things like hp junk, and old unused apps that may be using background computer power and making it work more

edit http://i.imgur.com/nOkluMe.jpg
what can this cable do? i just unpluged it from my previous picture
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