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I want to add a harddrive to my rig. I can't figure out how.

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July 1, 2013 9:44:19 AM

I'm faced with a few challenges since I've never built a computer before. First things first, my full specs:

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 635 2,90GHz/4000MT-S/2Mb Cache Socket AM3 Box
CPU Cooler: AMD Stock Cpu Cooler
Case: Aerocool RS9
PSU: Be Quiet System Power 450WATT ATX PSU 24Pin 120mm Fan
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H AMD 890GX CrossfireX Motherboard ATX
RAM: G.Skill Value 4096Mb DDR3/1333 PC10600 CL9-9-9-24
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1000Gb 7200Rpm 32Mb Cache
Graphics Card: XFX ATi Radeon HD5770 1024Mb GDDR5 Dual Dvi-I/HDMI/Display Port PCI-E
Optical Drive: NEC AD-5240S-B DVD-RW 24X Dual Layer S-ATA BULK

Until recently I thought of getting an external drive but I've reconsidered and decided to just add an extra internal drive.

Problem number 1 is which hard drive to get. I'm not too sure what the difference in RPM really does or what the cache means. My priority is low-budget and preferably 2 tb. I'm not sure where to begin looking but I figure something like this is good.

Problem number 2 is whether or not I'll be able to put it in my computer. I've taken a few pictures of the physical inside of my PC which I'll add at the end of this post. Will my PSU be able to handle an extra drive? I've had this PC custom made a few years back and don't really know my way around all the cables. Will I need to buy extra cables?

Problem number 3 is installing the hard drive into my case. I've never done anything like it, so I tried looking around the internet for tutorials, but there aren't any real thorough step-by-step guides, e.g. some guides don't really tell me how I can make sure I don't destroy anything because of static electricity, other guides only show 1 cable plugged into the drive, ... Beginning from step 1 and assuming I don't know anything about how to do this, what do I need to know and do?

Thanks in advance!

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a b G Storage
July 1, 2013 10:04:30 AM

The fact that you have both an existing hard drive and an optical drive that are both SATA based, I don't think you can add another SATA peripheral to that power supply. The technical details of that PSU show (at least from what I can decipher) 2x SATA connections. "SATA pin X 2"
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a b G Storage
July 1, 2013 10:05:30 AM

Here's what I would do - buy a new optical drive that isn't SATA... that way you can hook a SATA HDD to the PSU. They're like $20. After you free up a SATA connection, I can guide you through installing the new HDD
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July 1, 2013 10:15:46 AM

JobCreator said:
The fact that you have both an existing hard drive and an optical drive that are both SATA based, I don't think you can add another SATA peripheral to that power supply. The technical details of that PSU show (at least from what I can decipher) 2x SATA connections. "SATA pin X 2" Here's what I would do - buy a new optical drive that isn't SATA... that way you can hook a SATA HDD to the PSU. They're like $20. After you free up a SATA connection, I can guide you through installing the new HDD

I actually think I still have an old optical drive lying around, I'll look for it in a bit and see if it's any good. Thanks!


Dhampire01 said:
I suggest an external hdd.You escape from all these problems.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The thing is I'm planning on installing games on this hard drive and I figure that -regardless of the drive being USB 3.0- it'll have some negative effects on the performance, no?
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July 1, 2013 10:28:51 AM

1. Yes, that drive will work.

2. Yes, the PSU can handle another drive. If you don't have any extra SATA data cables, you'll have to buy one. They're cheap.

3. Ground yourself to the metal case every few minutes. Look at the other drive to see how it is mounted. Either with screws, or some toolless device on the drive cage. 2 cables go to a SATA drive, and it is almost impossible to get it wrong. If it fits, it is correct. They go in like this. _____| |__ The larger one is power from the PSU, the smaller one is data.
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July 3, 2013 8:38:38 AM

USAFRet said:
1. Yes, that drive will work.

2. Yes, the PSU can handle another drive. If you don't have any extra SATA data cables, you'll have to buy one. They're cheap.

3. Ground yourself to the metal case every few minutes. Look at the other drive to see how it is mounted. Either with screws, or some toolless device on the drive cage. 2 cables go to a SATA drive, and it is almost impossible to get it wrong. If it fits, it is correct. They go in like this. _____| |__ The larger one is power from the PSU, the smaller one is data.


Thanks for the help. Are you sure it will work as is? JobCreator informed me there's only 2 SATA connections on my PSU, so doesn't that mean there's more to it? Is there something like an extension block for a SATA connection?

Also, how big of a difference does it make if I run a game from an external hard drive (connected with USB 3.0) compared to when I run it from an internal drive?
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July 4, 2013 5:14:40 AM

Trickboss said:
USAFRet said:
1. Yes, that drive will work.

2. Yes, the PSU can handle another drive. If you don't have any extra SATA data cables, you'll have to buy one. They're cheap.

3. Ground yourself to the metal case every few minutes. Look at the other drive to see how it is mounted. Either with screws, or some toolless device on the drive cage. 2 cables go to a SATA drive, and it is almost impossible to get it wrong. If it fits, it is correct. They go in like this. _____| |__ The larger one is power from the PSU, the smaller one is data.


Thanks for the help. Are you sure it will work as is? JobCreator informed me there's only 2 SATA connections on my PSU, so doesn't that mean there's more to it? Is there something like an extension block for a SATA connection?

Also, how big of a difference does it make if I run a game from an external hard drive (connected with USB 3.0) compared to when I run it from an internal drive?


Almost none.Normal HDD are not fast enough to be limited by USB 3.0 or SATA 2/SATA 3
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July 4, 2013 9:27:00 AM

Dhampire01 said:
Trickboss said:
USAFRet said:
1. Yes, that drive will work.

2. Yes, the PSU can handle another drive. If you don't have any extra SATA data cables, you'll have to buy one. They're cheap.

3. Ground yourself to the metal case every few minutes. Look at the other drive to see how it is mounted. Either with screws, or some toolless device on the drive cage. 2 cables go to a SATA drive, and it is almost impossible to get it wrong. If it fits, it is correct. They go in like this. _____| |__ The larger one is power from the PSU, the smaller one is data.


Thanks for the help. Are you sure it will work as is? JobCreator informed me there's only 2 SATA connections on my PSU, so doesn't that mean there's more to it? Is there something like an extension block for a SATA connection?

Also, how big of a difference does it make if I run a game from an external hard drive (connected with USB 3.0) compared to when I run it from an internal drive?


Almost none.Normal HDD are not fast enough to be limited by USB 3.0 or SATA 2/SATA 3


So really I'd be best of picking an external drive for simplicity sake? It won't affect my gameplay at all?
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a c 828 G Storage
July 4, 2013 9:30:56 AM

Trickboss said:


So really I'd be best of picking an external drive for simplicity sake? It won't affect my gameplay at all?


If you don't have enough SATA ports, yes. And games won't notice the difference.
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