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Windows 7: sata splitter cable

23 Mar 2012   #1
martin123

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
sata splitter cable

Hi i have a machine an acer aspire x3450 specs in the pic

now i have a 2tb external but i want to fit the drive inside my machine but i only have 2 sata sockets 1 has the dvd drive in it the other the main drive.

i took the dvd out and connected the external to it and it worked but that means no dvd drive.

so the question is

can i fit a sata splitter cable and connect both harddrives to it like you can if it was ide ?

i know you can buy the splitter cable but i seem to find alot of posts saying that you can only connect 1 sata item to a sata cable ?

any one tried this or have more than 1 item connected to a sata cable and works ?




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23 Mar 2012   #2
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I assume that you mean a splitter for the data cables, which I'm not aware of anything like that. Do you have a spare PCI slot to add a SATA controller?

EDIT: When I Googled for a SATA splitter, all that came up was a splitter for power, not data.
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23 Mar 2012   #3
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Pci or pci-e expansion card with extra sata ports is what you would need.
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23 Mar 2012   #4
martin123

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I assume that you mean a splitter for the data cables, which I'm not aware of anything like that. Do you have a spare PCI slot to add a SATA controller?

EDIT: When I Googled for a SATA splitter, all that came up was a splitter for power, not data.

Here is a data splitter cable
MINI SAS 4i SFF-8087 36-Pin to 4 SATA 7-Pin HDD Hard Drive Splitter cable 10gbps | eBay

hmmm the pci card looks a better option.
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23 Mar 2012   #5
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by martin123 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I assume that you mean a splitter for the data cables, which I'm not aware of anything like that. Do you have a spare PCI slot to add a SATA controller?

EDIT: When I Googled for a SATA splitter, all that came up was a splitter for power, not data.

Here is a data splitter cable
MINI SAS 4i SFF-8087 36-Pin to 4 SATA 7-Pin HDD Hard Drive Splitter cable 10gbps | eBay

hmmm the pci card looks a better option.
that cable is for a SAS backplane.
something like this,
http://www.pc-pitstop.com/sas_cables...s/csem28e1.asp
The 4 7 pin SATA connectors would go to the motherboard and the 36pin single end would plug into the above box.

Below are two examples of SATA cards, 1 PCI and 1 PCI-E,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815158097

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815287012
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23 Mar 2012   #6
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by martin123 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I assume that you mean a splitter for the data cables, which I'm not aware of anything like that. Do you have a spare PCI slot to add a SATA controller?

EDIT: When I Googled for a SATA splitter, all that came up was a splitter for power, not data.

Here is a data splitter cable
MINI SAS 4i SFF-8087 36-Pin to 4 SATA 7-Pin HDD Hard Drive Splitter cable 10gbps | eBay

hmmm the pci card looks a better option.
That cable is used on a SAS (SCSI) controller to run multiple SATA drives.

With SATA 3.0 (6Gbs) a port multiplier was introduced but support is not mandatory for the controller so don't know if your controller qualifies.

SATA-IO Port Multipliers

A PCIe SATA card would be the best bet.

Jim
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