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Hello - I recently puchased an XPS 8700 and would like to add a second 1TB HDD - Like this one:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

 

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?

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817998092

 

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?

 

Thanks.!  Sam

 

 


 

 

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  • netmanwan

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

    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.

    ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_xps_desktop/xps-8700_Owner%27s%20Manual_en-us.pdf

     Will these screws work to mount the second HDD to the cage?

     http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817998092

    Yes.

     Which SATA cable should I purchase?  Manufacturer, length, type, etc.

     SATA-118C 18" Serial ATA-150/300 Cable w/Locking Latch

     http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812270093

    Is the power supply OK as far as capacity with a second HDD?

    Yes.

    Bev.

     

     

     

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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!

    Sam

  • netmanwan

    Sam,

    You are welcome, I'm glad to have helped.

    Bev.

     

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  • 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?

     

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812123163

     

    Thanks.  Sam

     

     

     

  • netmanwan

    The you posted the link to, will also work fine,

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812123163

    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.

    Bev.

     

     

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  • OK - Gotcha.  Thanks!

  • netmanwan

    Yes

    Bev.

     

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  • 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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

     

     

    This length cable - 12" - Worked fine.

    BYTECC Model SATA-112C 12" SATA II Cable w/Locking Latch

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812270302

     

     

    StarTech SCREW632R15 Round Head Replacement 6-32 Hard Drive Mounting Screws - Pkg of 15

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817998092

  • netmanwan

    Appreciate the heads up, glad to hear that everything went well. 

    Bev.

     

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