I just picked up a tiny Dell Optiplex for my boss to use in his home office. He likes music and is planning to use it to store his entire music collection. But he's also loaded, and he expects great performance. So I recommended the Samsung 840 EVO 500 GB, and he agreed.
Unfortunately, I didn't realize how teeny this computer was when I ordered it from Dell Outlet. It only has one HDD cage. But I was planning on taking the 3.5" 7200 rpm drive out anyway. And my 2.5" to 3.5" adapter has two slots. I have a spare 500 GB 2.5" drive, and I was thinking of using it as an automated backup from his primary drive (but not RAID1, so it won't slow down the SSD). So he has some insurance on his music collection without bothering with external drives requiring him to actually do anything.
Question 1: The PSU is only 255 watts. Considering I'm taking a 3.5" 7200 rpm HDD out, do I have power to spare for a Samsung EVO in addition to a 2.5" 5400 rpm drive? The computer has 8 GB of RAM, an i5-3570 (no-k), an optical drive, and no expansion cards.
Question 2: The motherboard has three SATA ports, two of which are occupied by the HDD and ODD. No worries there. But there isn't a spare power connector. The HDD power cable is wide and SATA-style, fed by four wires. And the ODD power cable is narrow and SATA-style, fed by two very thin wires. Both power cables feed into a single 6-pin connector on the motherboard, of which I'm not seeing on Amazon (by my keywords, anyway.) Is there a wide SATA-style jumper that I can use to bring power to the second HDD I want to install? Like the SATA-equivalent of this extension cord?
If not, is there an alternate 6-pin power cable I can buy that splits into the single 2-wire in addition to dual 4-wire SATA-style power connectors?