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How Do I Add Another SATA Hard Drive?

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Last response: in Storage
July 22, 2008 7:24:36 PM

I already have two internal hard drives and I wish to add a third internal hard drive. With SATA can you slave off the hard drive like you use to do with IDE or do I have to buy a card that will plug into one of my PCI slots (I don't have PCI Express)?

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July 22, 2008 7:49:41 PM

-Insert the SATA drive into a bay..
-Plug the HDD SATA cable into a SATA port on the motherboard
-Attach the power to the HDD.
-Turn computer on, done.
a b G Storage
July 22, 2008 8:05:27 PM

You have to have an available SATA port or you will need a PCI card.
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a b G Storage
July 22, 2008 8:09:53 PM

If you have run out of MoBo SATA ports then yes, you will have to add a card; you can't slave a SATA drive off another.

Another option might be an IDE to SATA converter, but they don't always work (specialy with older MoBo's).
July 22, 2008 10:35:36 PM

I'm out of motherboard SATA ports. Any recommendations on PCI cards? Also, I would like to use the two 5 1/2" slots in my case for removable SATA hard drives. Any recommendations for a high quality unit?