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Windows 7: Connecting 2 HDD's onto same power cord.

23 Sep 2014   #1
SevSaint

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Connecting 2 HDD's onto same power cord.

I am wanting to install another HDD and possible a 3rd in my computer. Each dedicated to movies, pics, etc...
If i use one power cord will that work and if so should i be concerned with overall power supply?

Windows 7
MSI z87 g55 Mobo.

Through my mobo i can disable the other drives from booting and still use them for storage correct?


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23 Sep 2014   #2
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

I suppose you could get really crazy and overload the psu with too many drives but, for the most part, you can use splitters to be able to supply power to additional drives.

You can specify which drive is the boot drive so, yes, you can use the other drives for storage. It's best though to format those drives to remove the old OS and claim it's drive space in order to increase available storage space.
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23 Sep 2014   #3
SevSaint

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

okay.. i read up that most hdd only use 12v of power and most of the time are idle and my corsair 600w has several connectors on the same power cord
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23 Sep 2014   #4
SevSaint

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

One quick question. Just installed the drive and its broken down into 2 volumes. A f, and a G drive both set at 250gb each. I want to make these volumes one and erase everything on them. How do i do that.
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23 Sep 2014   #5
SevSaint

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

LOL nvm, with a little tinkering under management i deleted both sectors and did a new volume, simple as that
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25 Sep 2014   #6
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Most power supplies come with a SATA cable with 2 or 3 SATA power plugs on it so yes, it's perfectly fine to use one cable for multiple drives.
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25 Sep 2014   #7
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Just for clarity, it's the SATA Data Cable that can't be split, only one drive per cable. That's different from the 40-pin or 80-pin PATA cable that has 3 plugs, one for the motherboard [end plug], one for the Master drive [other end plug] and one for the Slave drive [middle plug] and they are usually marked as to which is which.
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