Cables Needed to Connect Second Harddrive

I have a new ZT Systems computer (i7-2600 3.4GHz, 16 GB RAM, 2TB SATA HD) and want to add a second SATA 2TB drive that I already own. Problem is the cable from the mobo only allows for connection for the one hard drive. Is it possible to get a splitter of some sort that will allow the 2nd drive or another cable from the mobo? I can envision what I need, just do not know how to go about finding one or what it's called. I just placed an order for a power supply and video/graphics card from NewEgg and would like to do all the upgrades at once. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
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  1. wjlinvt said:
    Is it possible to get a splitter of some sort that will allow the 2nd drive or another cable from the mobo?


    No, it is not possible. You need to get a PCI SATA expansion card that you can plug into an available PCI slot on your motherboard.

    Here's an example of one from Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815124006
  2. Thanks. I have available two PCIe slots and found an expansion card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816124045 that appears to work. Can you tell me what I need for cables?
  3. Got it, thanks. There are two cables on my existing SATA drive. I assume one is for the SATA drive and will connect to the SATA expansion card and the other is for the power. Does that come from the power supply?
  4. Yes, your power supply should have an extra SATA power connector for your 2nd drive.
    If not, here's a link for one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812123119
  5. Thanks. You've been a great help!
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