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    Question Adding a SATA HDD with no SATA ports nor PCIe slot?

    I have a Dell Precision T1600 (2012 model).

    It contains:

    • Intel Xeon E3-1270 v1 (80 W) (2011)
    • Dell 06NWYK (UEFI vA20, dated 2018)
    • 8 GB DDR3L-1333
    • Intel 82579LM gigabit network adapter (2011)
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    • Dynamode USB 3.0 4-Port PCI Express Adapter
    • Cooler Master MWE 400 White 230V V2

    I am using all four of the motherboard's SATA ports (1x SSD, 3x 3.5" HDDs).

    The system has the following slots:


    If that's correct, I presume I can't connect most SATA III controller cards into either of the standard PCI slots?

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    Re: Adding a SATA HDD with no SATA ports nor PCIe slot?

    how many of the USB 3.0 ports are you using on the dynamode card?
    because there are cards that do USB 3 ports and have internal sata on them, could swap it out.

    EXAMPLE https://www.amazon.co.uk/Syba-SD-PEX.../dp/B00CHYOQIE

    but that seems to need a x2 or even a x4 slot to go into, depending on how many ports. and you've also got the 'problem' if you can call it that. of , have you got any spare sata power connectors from your PSU?

    another option. but its expensive (due to chia mining) get bigger hard drives and condense a bit.
    or just get an external USB 3 drive like the WD P10 or D10 if you need the speed, or just a normal Elements to free up some internal space.


    I need to condense and merge a few of my drives, a 4tb, 2tb and 1tb but the 8tb WD i had my eye on at currys went out of stock in the last few days.

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    Re: Adding a SATA HDD with no SATA ports nor PCIe slot?

    Quote Originally Posted by King Mustard View Post
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    The system has the following slots:


    If that's correct, I presume I can't connect most SATA III controller cards into either of the standard PCI slots?

    Quote Originally Posted by Manual
    Slots: One PCIe x16 Gen 2; one PCIe x16 Gen 2 (wired x4); one PCIe x1; one PCI. All full-length and full-height per PCIe specification
    Looks to me like you've got a vacant PCIe slot which should take a PCIe SATA interface card just fine. This is the bottom-most (left-most in the photo below) black slot.

    Last edited by DDY; 02-06-2021 at 12:12 AM.

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    Re: Adding a SATA HDD with no SATA ports nor PCIe slot?

    Ah, the long, black one (lol) is PCIe and not PCI x4?

    Fantastic - thank you!

    I'll grab a PCIe-based SATA controller card.

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    Re: Adding a SATA HDD with no SATA ports nor PCIe slot?

    The other alternative is a "SATA Port multiplier". Takes one SATA in, splits it into maybe 5 sata ports. I imagine Chia farmers will be buying them atm though.

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