np550p7c-s02uk SATA cable (secondary HDD)

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  1. SteveCurwen

    SteveCurwen Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi

    I want to add a secondary HDD to my laptop (np550p7c-s02uk) but I can't find the cable anywhere.
    I tried buying a cable for a smaller np550p5c but it was a little bit too small for my laptop.
    Does anyone know the part number of the cable I need and maybe a link to somewhere I can get it from?
    Thanks
     
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    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    My usual source of part numbers is SamsungParts.com but I can't see anything listed which resembles your requirement.

    I suggest you contact Digicare who are probably the biggest Samsung service agent in the UK but you may want to first check through ebay. Is this part the primary or secondary HDD caddy?

    John
     
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    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly, John. I have the caddy for both primary and secondary hdd's, it's just the cable I need. I think this cable got shipped with these laptops when they were new for people to add a second hdd if they wished.... I bought mine second hand though, so no cable! Here is a link to a walk through of how to add a secondary hdd. Step 5 shows the cable I need
    http://www.manualslib.com/manual/421067/Samsung-Np550p7c.html?page=86#manual
    I can't find anything on eBay. Maybe this laptop wasn't so popular so they didn't make many replacement parts for it.
     
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    Is it this one (part BA41-01984A) or is that the primary HDD and the secondary HDD cable is different?

    It also appears from the discussion here that the NP-550P7C might share some parts with the NP-700Z7C.

    John
     
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    It's a 12 pin connecter that connects to the motherboard and has a sata connection on the other side to connect to the hdd.
    the cable I have is just too short. I am thinking about cutting into it and lengthening it...
    Maybe that won't be such a good idea though!
    Let me know what you think!
     

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    Thanks for the clarification. If we make the big assumption that Samsung would standardise where possible then a hard drive cable from another notebook might fit if the connector on the main board has the same configuration. In which case something like this might fit. However, it will be necessary to do some checking with a multimeter to determine whether the voltage coming through the cable will be going to the correct contacts on the HDD.

    John
     
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    I hope the connectors are standardised! I think the wire on that connector might be a bit too short... I have emailed the seller and asked him to tell me the length of it. Hopefully I will get a reply soon! In the mean time, I am gonna try and lengthen the cable I already have. Could it do damage to the mobo if the pinout of this cable is different to the original cable to my laptop? Thanks again, John.
     
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    I don't think a mis-connection would hurt the board but I would be worried about applying power to the wrong contacts on the drive.

    The configuration of the drive's 2.5" connector is standard (15 contacts for power and 7 for data as described here) and it should be possible, after connecting the cable, to power up the computer and check that the voltage in the plug on the drive end of the cable is in the correct place before plugging the drive in. Checking there is +5V between the right contacts and ground is probably the critical factor. If that is OK then the rest is probably correct.

    It should be possible, but fiddly, to extend the cable you have got. By the time you have wrapped some electrical tape around each joint in up to a dozen wires (hopefully less) you could get quite a fat cable. Or you could try using some thinner tape since the voltages aren't very high.

    John
     
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    I have the same problem. But here in Portugal on a Samsung store technical assistance they give me this reference BA39-01156A i will post here a foto from the part. i think that´s it. Sorry my English

    http://gyazo.com/ad67078e4238dff71dfd9abbe63985ce
     
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