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Yesterday, the IDE 500 gigabyte hard drive data was transferred to the HP p7-1010 1 terabyte SATA hard drive. It took quite a while but only the personal data was transferred and the legacy stuff, hopefully including any virus’ was abandoned. Today, the 750 gigabyte drive was going to be transferred using a SATA to USB cable, but that was not to be.

The SATA cable was for laptops only and it failed to have enough voltage, or whatever, to power the desktop hard drive. So after returning that cable to Best Buy, who refunded our money without the slightest fuss, but they didn’t have an internal SATA power cable which would be installed directly into the computer to sell us. Radio Shack had one for $3.70, so there was a savings of over $26, but it required me opening up the computer and installing the hard drive which I had hesitated to do.

Installing a hard drive is easy to do, and I have done many installations, but there is always the possibility of something going wrong, and Murphy and his silly law always seem to triumph, if there is a way. The total time from unplug the power cord back to push the ON button time was only a half an hour, and there were little problems like excessively messy wires, but all went well. There was one small flummox which occurred when there were several SATA ports on the mother board. Which one was the right one to plug in the SATA cable from my second hard drive? Probably any of the open ones would have been okay, but I chose the one with the lowest number printed beside it, in micro-type of course. Everything powered up normally, and the pudding of proof is my typing this post. I even worked on some photos using Adobe Photoshop for my upcoming digital camera club meeting, taken from the legacy hard drive.

When it comes to computers, all’s well that runs well 

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