How to check if Hard Drive Power & Data Cables are connected
There are many situations in which your hard drive can malfunction and you won’t even be able to know what caused the issue to begin with. Such problems tend to appear frequently, especially if you tinker with the insides of your computer and move it often. In this particular situation, all you have to do is to make sure that the cables inserted in your hard drive are connecting your drive to the computer, a task through which we will guide you in this article.
First, you will need to open the side panel of your computer and remove it so you can access the hard drive.
In order to do that, carefully remove the screws with the help of a screwdriver, and then remove the side panel manually.
The next step requires you to locate the hard drive and figure out if there are any issues with it the cables, most of the time you will be able to see this right from the start, because the cables are large and they are coming out from the device.
After you see which cable is not connected the right way, then you have to make sure that you insert them back in your hard drive, so the drive can receive power properly and connect to your computer. The power cable is the larger one, whereas the data cable is smaller, depending on the connectivity type you have (usually it’s SATA II or III).
Pushing all the wiring into the drive is all you need to do at this point, and if there are still connectivity issues, then a good idea is to remove the cable then plug it back in, as this solves most of the problems that appear.
And that’s it! This way you will be able to make sure that your drive fully functions and that there aren’t any cabling issues, so don’t hesitate and perform this task whenever you feel that your drive isn’t connected properly. A good check will never hurt!