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Cables Needed to Connect Second Harddrive

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May 2, 2012 1:21:47 AM

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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May 2, 2012 1:32:46 AM

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=N82E168...
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May 2, 2012 12:11:25 PM

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?
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May 2, 2012 12:57:20 PM

Thanks. You've been a great help!
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