Do I have enough power for internal HDD and stuff... Tags: Power Supplies Hewlett Packard Hard Drives Storage Last response: August 21, 2008 8:33 PM in Storage Share knottshawk August 21, 2008 2:28:30 AM My computer: HP a1750e with Athlon 64 x2 3800, 160gb HDD, 2GB ram, 8500GT GPU. Details here: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/prodinfoCategory?lc=en&cc=us&lang=en&dlc=en&product=3369460 My questions: 1) If I need to add storage space, can my current power supply handle another internal HDD? I've already added the GPU so I'm concerned about adding anything else. (the stock power supply is 300 watt) 2) What type of internal HDD would I need? I see a couple of types of SATA drives... how do I know which I'd need? 3) Is there anything I need to know about installing an internal HDD? Or do I just plug it in and boot up? More about : power internal hdd stuff br3nd064 August 21, 2008 5:12:27 PM 1) IMO, that's pushing it if you add another hard drive. I would look into upgrading it. 400 - 450 watts would be nice. 2) It has support for sata drives (up to 1.5GB/s). What size were you looking for? 3) If it's just going to be a storage drive, then yes, you can usually just plug it in and boot up. -- br3nd064 knottshawk August 21, 2008 6:57:48 PM I just want like a 500GB HDD.... what type of SATA do i need? Is it the 1.5gb? Or 3 gb? How do I know what power supply I need? Are they generic? (Sorry... I'm a noob) Related resources Convert USB thumb drive to internal HDD ? - Forum Is my old power supply good enough for my new stuff ? - Forum How to make an internal HDD an external? - Forum Internal or external HDD - Forum How to better cool my PC with multiple internal HDD 's - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer br3nd064 August 21, 2008 7:37:02 PM Honestly, you will not see any performance hit if you go with 1.5GB/s vs 3GB/s. Hard drives are not able to transfer data at either of those speeds, so it doesn't matter. Check out this site for a general idea of what type of power supply you need: http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp If you find one that you like at an affordable price, post a link to it here and we should be able to tell you if it's a reliable brand that will work with your computer. -- br3nd064 knottshawk August 21, 2008 7:44:25 PM Well, the 1.5gb HDD's look to be harder to find and WAY more expensive... so can I use a 3.0GB with my system even though my primary HDD is 1.5gb? br3nd064 August 21, 2008 8:23:28 PM Yes. Most sata 3gb/s hard drives come with a jumper on them to force them to operate at 1.5gb/s speeds. Unless you remove this jumper, you won't have any problems connecting one to your motherboard. -- br3nd064 knottshawk August 21, 2008 8:33:25 PM Cool... thanks! Now I just gotta figure out the whole power supply issue! Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumBest case for internal water cooling loop? Forum$1000-$1500 First Build (Im a noob at this stuff ) ForumDoes Power supply and other stuff in the rig can destroy GPU? ForumHOW TO KNOW ABOUT GOOD INTERNAL /EXTERNAL HDD ForumConnecting 2.5" SATA Disk to Desktop Internal SATA ForumNot enough power ? ForumTurn Internal HDD On and Off ForumIs this stuff good ForumBest SSD Of 2013, Which is it? ForumFormat large HDD as FAT32 ?!!? ForumRepartitioning external USB HDD ForumError-checking on HDD ForumHelp ?!? HDD used space vs. size of files in disk ForumHDD Currupted ? can it be fixed ? ForumHDD cooling More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !