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June 20, 2014 3:07:24 PM

Hey everyone. Thanks in advance for help.

My wife is a photographer/videographer and we need a extra hard drive in our PC. As of now, we are booting the PC from a solid state drive, and we have a 1 TB Hard Drive for additional storage.

I bought the PC custom-made from Craigslist and it works great. I'm wondering if my motherboard has the capability for another Hard Drive, and how I would find that information (so I can learn how to do this in the future).

My mobo is a MSI MS-7756. I'm eyeballing this on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/WD-Green-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B0... I'm just wondering if I can hook it up.

Thanks for all the help.

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June 20, 2014 3:13:02 PM

It would work just fine. Just make sure you have an open SATA port, cable, and SATA cable on the power supply.
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June 20, 2014 3:35:35 PM

jkhoward is right. My wife also takes many pictures, so I have been through this exact situation. I use a a solid state drive as my boot drive and have 2 other 2TB hard drives for storage. I opted to get a second hard drive to back everything up off of my first drive in case it fails. So both hard drives have the same information on them, because the chances of both drives failing at the same time is quite slim. Just remember that hard drives do fail, and it is quite expensive to recover information off them when they do.

You should have 4 to 8 sata ports on the motherboard. Your DVD drives will use sata as well as your SSD and HDD's. Also you need to have a sata power cable coming from your PSU. If you look at your current SSD or HDD you will see the two cables I am referring to. Sata cables are cheap to buy if you don't have any. Just make sure they are 3G/s and 6G/s compatible.
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June 20, 2014 7:11:25 PM

RookieOfTheYear said:
jkhoward is right. My wife also takes many pictures, so I have been through this exact situation. I use a a solid state drive as my boot drive and have 2 other 2TB hard drives for storage. I opted to get a second hard drive to back everything up off of my first drive in case it fails. So both hard drives have the same information on them, because the chances of both drives failing at the same time is quite slim. Just remember that hard drives do fail, and it is quite expensive to recover information off them when they do.

You should have 4 to 8 sata ports on the motherboard. Your DVD drives will use sata as well as your SSD and HDD's. Also you need to have a sata power cable coming from your PSU. If you look at your current SSD or HDD you will see the two cables I am referring to. Sata cables are cheap to buy if you don't have any. Just make sure they are 3G/s and 6G/s compatible.


Thank for you very much for your detailed answer. I found a link to the SATA cables that I need. http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-Right-Angle-Serial-SATA1... This looks like it will do the trick, and it is 6 GB/S compatible.

My next question is, as far as a power cable coming from my PSU to the HD, what exactly am I looking for? I have an Amazon Prime account, so if there is anything for that up there, that would be great. Thanks again.
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June 20, 2014 7:57:52 PM

Yeah I just opened up my PC case to get an idea, and I saw that connector power-supply piece to the other HD's, as well as the SATA cables. Thanks again RookieoftheYear, I hope you go far with your kind and thoughtful attitude.
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June 20, 2014 8:03:03 PM

Haha well thank you rofflemywafflez. I'm glad I could help. Feel free to personal message me if you have any other questions in the future.
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