I've purchased a Dell OptiPlex 9020 Small Form Factor desktop
, which came with a HDD and no optical drive. There is a standard SATA data cable and a slimline 6-pin power cable
for an ODD however.
I'd like to install an SSD, while retaining the HDD, and am unsure which approach to take:
[*] Option 1: Use an optical caddy
to connect the SSD - and utilize the provided cables.
[*] Option 2: Use a Y cable
to split the power
going to the HDD to power the HDD & SSD, and use the provided data cable
[*] Option 3: Find an adapter to convert the slimline 6-pin power
connector to a standard 15-pin SATA power connector (I've not been able to find one, however)
I ask this because for option 1, the caddy comes with a pass through for the data pins, but I don't want that to affect data transfers in any way (I've heard of people having occasional freeze-ups, or high CPU usage with caddies).
Option 2 only splits the power and does not introduce anything for the data cables, so any reasonable quality cable will suffice, hence is something I'm leaning towards.
Option 3 does not exist, AFAIK.
What would you recommend be the appropriate way forward?