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04-22-2012 05:29 PM - edited 04-22-2012 05:34 PM
I have a Pavilion 1090T and I want to install a third hard drive. I am only finding the two sata ports on the motherboard that are next to each other. How can I connect the third sata drive?
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04-22-2012 05:47 PM - edited 04-22-2012 05:59 PM
The Truckee motherboard has four SATA II ports. Two are on the edge and two are vertical. Look at the motherboard layout diagram.
What type of hard drive do you want to install? I installed this Hitachi 2TB in my HP e9280t (Truckee mobo).
My recommendation is to buy a 5.25" to 3.5" drive bay adapter and install the third hard drive into the empty optical bay if the drive cage doesn't support three hard drives. (mine doesn't)
These HP 'how-to" articles should be helpful.
04-22-2012 09:32 PM
I appreciated your information but the two vertical Sata ports where used for the two optical drives that came installed. Here are my unit specs.
HP Pavilion HPE h8 Select Edition
Windows 7 Ultimate [64-bit]
• Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-970 six-core [3.2GHz, 1.5MB L2 + 12MB shared L3 cache]
• 16GB DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM [4 DIMMs]
• 2TB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
• 3GB DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT 545 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]
• 600W Power supply
• Blu-ray writer & SuperMulti DVD burner
• 16x max. DVD ROM (player)
• Premium Wireless-N LAN card and Bluetooth(R )(2x2)
• 15-in-1 memory card reader, 4 USB 2.0 (front) w/USB 3.0 card (rear), audio, 2 USB (top rear-facing)
The hard drive that came with the unit uses one of the sata ports. The two optical drives are using the two vertical sata ports. This configuration leaves only one sata port open that I can see. I have two more sata port on the rear I/O panel but they are on the outside of the case and appear to connect directly to the motherboard.
My hard drive cage will accept three drives. I am looking at installing a second 2TB drive for data and the third is a 3TB drive to be dedicated for backups. I haven't had much luck with hard drives lately and back ups are essential.
04-23-2012 05:31 AM - edited 04-23-2012 05:32 AM
You can use the back ESATA ports for a hard drive that is in an external ESATA powered drive enclosure. I have successfully made this work. However, you will not be able to RAID the ESATA port devices. I do use my external ESATA drives for backups. I typically use a 2.5" enclosure as it's very portable. If you don't mind working with a bare drive then you can also use a "drive dockiing" station. www.newegg.com has what you need.
04-23-2012 05:27 PM
Big_Dave makes an excellent point. I use an external ESata "drive docking" station for my cloning process.
It really makes no point to have a 3T drive internal and idle most of the time.
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04-23-2012 07:31 PM
I actually already purchased an esata external case for another hard drive but will install this one instead as suggested. Like you stated it doesn't make sense to let a 3TB drive sit idle most of the time. The only reason I considered putting this drive in the case was convince and my past experience with HP support. My last tower from them had the power supply failing. Instead of them shipping me the power supply they made me send it in for repair. Beside losing use of the computer for an extended period of time, the tech decided to wipe my main drive a reinstall the factory setup. Not sure what it had to do with replacing the power supply. When I raised the question the supervisor just told me it was because the warranty agreement said they could. At least they left my second harddrive alone which is always my data drive.
With HP's lack of technical experience and Attitude along with the higher failure rate with hard drives this past year, keeping a clone copy and backups is critical. Having the third drive in the tower just makes it easier with one less piece of equipment hanging off of the tower and one less power adapter.
I appreciate the feedback and guidance.