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Adding a second Sata drive to a Dell XPS 9000

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May 11, 2010 3:01:34 PM

Hello,
Adding a 2nd sata drive to a Dell XPS 9000. I see only one power supply contacted to drive 1. Only connection to drive 2 is the data cable. Dell tech said that the data cable supplies the power to the 2nd drive. Well, that don't work as the drive does not show up even in the BIOS. I took this drive out of my old Dell XPS 600.
Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Ted
May 12, 2010 7:39:36 AM

A SATA hard drive needs two cables attached to it. One for power, one for data. Anyone who told you that you only need a data cable plugged in is a jackass and shouldn't work in tech support.

You need to plug both drives in, each with two cables - one power cable from the power supply, and one data cable to the motherboard.
May 12, 2010 3:57:34 PM

You should be able to find a sata wire in your power supply harness it is a little wider than data sata wire but has the similar L connection.
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May 15, 2010 12:06:03 AM

Yes, It needed a data cable plugged in from the drive to the to the m/m. Working fine now. Thanks for the replies.

March 19, 2011 7:04:52 PM

okeepahkee said:
Yes, It needed a data cable plugged in from the drive to the to the m/m. Working fine now. Thanks for the replies.



Hi I bought a second hard drive for my Dell XPS 9000, having a similar issue as you posted a while ago. I can find another data cable but not another power cable?

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