Adding a Second HDD to Optiplex 7040 MT

CaseyJones

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Seems like there's a few people running the Optiplex 7040 (Mini Tower) for their BI setup. The board on the 7040 Mini Tower has 4 SATA ports and the tower has 2 extra 3.5" bays that would be used for optical drives. Can you add an additional HDD drive using the extra SATA? according to one post I saw SATA Ports 0 and 1 are both 6Gbps. It seems possible but the part I'm hung up on is power. I can't find anything detailing how to power the additional drive. Anyone have experience with this and able to help me out and tell me if it's possible with the factory PSU and what I would need (Y splitter power cable?) to power the additional HDD?

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TonyR

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If it'll power 2 HHD's it should additionally power at least a SSD for the O/S, as they consume so very little power, IIRC.

Yes, you may need a Y-splitter for SATA power. I think I bought one a loooong time ago with 1 female SATA power (or P/S side) to 2 males (or drive side).

Something like this, although that wasn't the brand or vendor.
 

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I have an optiplex 7040 mt and I can only fit 1 3.5” and 1 2.5”. I’m interested in how you can put 2 3.5” hdd in it.


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