Connecting a internal sata drive to my pc desktop internally

  Daiol 13:02 26 Feb 2014

Good day,I have a spare 320gb sata drive which I want to install it to my desktop running windows 7. The only hitch I got that all the sockets on the mother board are occupied.Is it possible to connect this drive internally with some other way,Have read somewhere on google that you can fit a pci card to overcome this matter. Would this be possible Please and if so what will I need to solve the issue. Many thanks. Daiol.

  chub_tor 13:09 26 Feb 2014

Does you motherboard have a spare PCIe expansion slot? If so you could use this from Maplin

  onthelimit1 13:39 26 Feb 2014

...except it says it's discontinued!

  bumpkin 13:56 26 Feb 2014

You can get a PCI to sata card on ebay for about a fiver, that is what I did and it has 3 sata connections.

  Daiol 19:02 26 Feb 2014

Buy a SATA controller that uses a PCI or PCI-E slot.

Yea thanks all for the response,Yes I do have a spare slot in the motherboard for a pci card. Can anyone recommend a suitable one for my needs,Does this pci card cover the voltage input as well as the data cable or do I have to find another source for the power to the hdd??.Would this hdd be okay fitted to the bottom of the tower case as there are no hdd slots available as I have two hdd already fitted. Just thought that I would use this spare hdd as an internal backup. Many Thanks. Sorry for delay in replying,School holidays granddaughter been her for the day.

  Daiol 14:15 27 Feb 2014

Thank You all for the replies.

  chub_tor 08:11 01 Mar 2014

onthelimit1 that was a mistake on my part, I should have read the ad more closely, blame it on jet lag. I've been in the USA for 6 weeks which is why I haven't posted lately.

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