Hello - I recently puchased an XPS 8700 and would like to add a second 1TB HDD - Like this one:
This HDD - ST1000DM003 - seems identical to the factory installed HDD in my XPS 8700 - SCSI\DiskATA_____ST1000DM003-1CH1CC47
Is this HDD identical or close to my OEM HDD? This is fine with me. I do not require much space - just need a backup drive.
1.) Do I need a HDD caddy of some sort? I haven't opened the case yet. I don't think so after looking at the online manuals but wanted to be certain.
2.) Will these screws work to mount the second HDD to the cage?
3.) Which SATA cable should I purchase? Manufacturer, length, type, etc.
4.) Is the power supply OK as far as capacity with a second HDD?
Update - I installed the internal hard drive I purchased from Newegg. The XPS 8700 recognized the drive. All I had to do was format the drive.
These are the items I purchased. The XPS 8700 is equipped with a bracket to hold the second hard drive. Thanks again Bev.
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
This length cable - 12" - Worked fine.
BYTECC Model SATA-112C 12" SATA II Cable w/Locking Latch
StarTech SCREW632R15 Round Head Replacement 6-32 Hard Drive Mounting Screws - Pkg of 15
Yes, the above SATA hard drive, will be fine.
Do I need a HDD caddy of some sort? I haven't opened the case yet. I don't think so after looking at the online manuals but wanted to be certain.
No, there's an open bay for a second hard drive already in the case, you only need the four screws to attach the drive.
Will these screws work to mount the second HDD to the cage?
Which SATA cable should I purchase? Manufacturer, length, type, etc.
SATA-118C 18" Serial ATA-150/300 Cable w/Locking Latch
Is the power supply OK as far as capacity with a second HDD?
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Thanks for the reply! Great Info! I had an indea of what I wanted to do but needed some confirmation and guidance.
I really appreciate you taking the time to respond shesagordie. Thanks again!
You are welcome, I'm glad to have helped.
One more question - about the SATA cable. The one you listed does not state that is is rated for 6Gbps.
Is this a problem? The drive I will be purchasing is rated for 6Gbps - same as the OEM drive in the case.
Part of the description from NewEgg's site for the BYTECC Model SATA-118C 18" Serial ATA-150/300 Cable w/Locking Latch is shown below:
Transferring Speed Advantage: It almost has no potential to fasten the transferring speed of Parallel ATA. But for the Serial ATA ,the transferring speed for its incunabular design is 150MB/s , and now it is striding forward to the speed of 300MB/s and even up to 600MB/sOne question about the SATA cable.
Should I be looking for a 6Gbps cable? Like this one?
The you posted the link to, will also work fine,
FYI: The fastest transfer speed drives, are the SSD's as there is no mechanical rotation limitation, hence the reason why I'm using SSD's for the primary C: / drive in my newer systems.
OK - Gotcha. Thanks!
Appreciate the heads up, glad to hear that everything went well.