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Luke
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Is it possible to build one computer in two cases?

My case is full and I need more space for HDDs. Also this case does not have a place to put an optical drive.

Is it possible to put all that stuff in a second case and link with SATA cables yet still have them function as one computer?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Yes, you could do that.  Does the 2nd case have its own power supply?  I was thinking you should ground the cases together then, but if they're both plugged into the same socket, or the same power strip, they'd be fine.  SATA cables have a maximum length spec of 1 meter, so that shouldn't be a problem.

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    • TomB
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      PSU won't work without competing the power interlock circuit through a MOBO or jumping it.

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes but you have to assure that the two cases don't get separated very far.  There is also the problem that if EITHER case has a power supply issue, you might have a mismatched ground, which has the potential to burn up a few devices.

    There IS such a thing as an external USB device and you can have an externally powered USB hub.  That might give you what you, particularly if you put the slower devices on the hub and keep the faster devices in-box.

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes its possible if you add an extra hard disk. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Is it possible, Yes. Cryptocurrency miners were doing this sort of thing with 'mining' motherboards that had over a dozen PCI-E x1 slots and 24-pin ATX splitters which allowed them to connect multiple power supplies. They were doing this with Graphics cards, not hard drives. You could go the route of buying a 2nd case but that would end up looking like a rat's nest of cables and moving the 2 cases would take additional work. To me, that doesn't sound ideal.

    On top of that a typical motherboard has 6x SATA connectors. You can buy PCI-E x1 and PCI-E x4 cards but you'd need to pick a good one that's easy to set up and doesn't make the BIOS take years to boot. If you have to buy a SATA card then you'll need to pay attention to how many Chipset based PCI-E lanes your motherboard comes with. 

    David and TomB have the best answers.

    It would make more sense to build a NAS, buy external drives, clone your content to larger Hard Drives, or just move everything to a larger case. It would likely be more cost effective and better for cooling the components to move everything a larger case. Most modern cases lack a 5.25" bay for a DVD/CD drive because not many people use that type of media anymore, but you can still find large cases like the Corsair 900d, Thermaltake x9, or a Server chassis which has 5.25" bays. You can compensate with an external DVD or Blu-Ray drive.  

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  • 2 months ago

    TomB has best answer

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  • TomB
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Guess you've never heard of using external drives....connected through USB.

    Work Smarter, Not Harder

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  • arther
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    as long as the connecting cables reach it would be easier to get a bigger box you could join 2 cases together

    • Luke
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      It's already a big case. These modern cases are bigger than the old ones yet they fit less stuff in.

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  • David
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It might be simpler just to buy a bigger case with space for more drives

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