need to install 3rd sata drive no idea what cables i need. have xps8300 dell. 3rd sata port available.?
- Laurence ILv 71 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.
- Sasha WhitefurLv 71 month ago
...and use the old one as a backup drive.
- 1 month ago
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.