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Installing a 3.5'' internal drive in a 3.5'' external slot


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#1 ixcuincle

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 10:12 PM

I'm thinking of getting a 3.5'' internal drive. It's 7200 rpm and 6 gb/s transfer rate, it's a good upgrade and it's on sale too from Newegg. :)

The only problem is there is one 3.5'' internal drive bay, and it's occupied. This case comes with about 4 or 5 drive bays. There are 2 3.5'' external drive bays, and one is unoccupied.

Just wanted to know if I could fit the 3.5'' internal drive in the external drive slot without problem. Also curious about any considerations I should be aware of, like power increase, or how to calculate a potential power increase. I think I have a 500 or 600 W power supply so I should be good in that regard.

OS : Windows XP
Hard Drive I am interested in: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136794&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL042111&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL042111-_-EMC-042111-Index-_-InternalHardDrives-_-22136794-L03A

PC Specs:
Drive bays (available)
Bay type Quantity
5.25" external Two (One available)
3.5" external Two (One available)
3.5" internal One (None available)

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 10:16 PM

An external bay will work just as well as an internal one. They're pretty much the same thing except one has a hole in the front to poke out of.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 10:19 PM

Alright, good to hear. Is the cover necessary or can I just insert the drive into the slot? I'd prefer ease, but if the cover is necessary I will look into acquiring one through the internet.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 10:21 PM

I believe it should fit. Also does your motherboard have a 6gb/s SATA?

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 10:25 PM

I believe it should fit. Also does your motherboard have a 6gb/s SATA?


Don't know what that would look like, but I did notice a white connector next to the current data cable connector when I opened the computer up a few days ago to look around.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 10:27 PM

What is the model of your motherboard?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 21 April 2011 - 10:35 PM

A cover is not strictly necessary but is recommended.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 10:36 PM

To reduce the dust from coming in to your case :)

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 06:50 AM

What is the model of your motherboard?


Here are the PC Specs.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00572530&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

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Manufacturer: Asus
Motherboard Name: A8AE-LE
HP/Compaq motherboard name: AmberineM-GL6E"

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 07:51 AM

Your motherboard does not have a 6 gb/s slot. It would be a waste of money to buy it. You should look for a hard drive like this.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 08:55 AM

Alright, thanks for helping prevent me from making a mistake. Really wouldn't have been much of a point buying a drive that doesn't work.

Does the motherboard support 2 HD's? If so, there's another drive that is also 3 gb/s that has 1.5 gigs, but is "WD Green". My only concern is whether gaming applications can be run off this, from comments on that site it appears those 3 gb/s drives are for backup only.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 10:12 AM

just a observation ,you are concerend with the drive running games ,from your specs you don't even have a gaming computer

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 01:00 PM

just a observation ,you are concerend with the drive running games ,from your specs you don't even have a gaming computer


From those specs, yeah, but I put in a GPU and PSU so it should be fine. I'm not looking to play mind-numbing intensive games here like Crysis 2 or anything really new. The computer runs most games fine.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 02:02 PM


just a observation ,you are concerend with the drive running games ,from your specs you don't even have a gaming computer


From those specs, yeah, but I put in a GPU and PSU so it should be fine. I'm not looking to play mind-numbing intensive games here like Crysis 2 or anything really new. The computer runs most games fine.

ok, that sound great .
also the green drive is made for less power consumption ,run cooler ,down side is they are slower, only 5400rpm ,the black drive is faster at 7200rpm

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 06:49 PM

You want speed on your side for gaming :)

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