need to install 3rd sata drive no idea what cables i need. have xps8300 dell. 3rd sata port available.?

3 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    you need one sata cable(sata 600) and the psu must provide a sata power cable connection. the mainboard should have 4 sata sockets to plug in the sata cable.

  • 1 month ago

    ...and use the old one as a backup drive.

  • Dell motherboards have only two SATA connectors.  If you need a third drive, you will need to install a card in one of the PCI slots.

    Is there some particular reason you need a third drive?  If you need more capacity, a more reliable solution would be to replace the secondary drive with a bigger one.  The redundant drive can then be installed in a USB cradle and used for back-up.

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