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Optiplex GX280 upgrade

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December 23, 2010 2:58:43 PM

Currently have a 40 gig hard drive and a 400 gig bookshelf for backup. The bookshelf started acting up and I decided to add a 500 gig internal drive (western digital caviar black). Will my current power supply handle both internal drives or will I need to swap out the original? Only mod to the original small tower (older unit) is maxed out memory.

Thanx - Smitty

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a b ) Power supply
December 23, 2010 3:33:36 PM

You should be fine if that's all you're changing, assuming you're only using one of the hardrives at a time. At idle, they don't use much energy.
December 23, 2010 3:36:45 PM

The only time both might be used would be during data transfer which should be bery seldom.

Thanx - Smitty
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a b ) Power supply
December 24, 2010 2:00:24 AM

December 24, 2010 8:22:03 AM

does your psu have more than one sata powercable?

I don't know at this time. I will have to open it up today and find out. The new hard drive is supposed to be here on the 27th.

Thanks - Smitty
December 24, 2010 11:21:03 AM

I know the unit well, it was once voted the best business class unit made in like 2004 or something like that.
it either has the 285-watt or 305-watt power supply.
you'll be fine with that extra hardware.

Appreciate the input. I have finally opened up the unit and found that everything is set up for a second SATA drive. I think I have downloaded all the info necessary from Dell and Western Digital to do the installation when the unit arrives.

Thanx again - Smitty
December 24, 2010 11:24:39 AM

does your psu have more than one sata powercable?

Opened it up this AM and checked. The power cable has a parallel connector attached and the motherboard has one more SATA controller connector (SATA2). It appears to have everything required to connect a second drive.

Thanx for the help - Smitty
December 24, 2010 2:18:35 PM

Best answer selected by smitty65534.
a b ) Power supply
December 24, 2010 8:17:51 PM

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