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03-11-2011 07:45 AM
I own an HP e9290f desktop. I have an empty "Expansion Bay" slot right under my PC's cd writer. I was wondering if it were possible to install a second, say, 2TB internal harddrive in there using eSATA? Can anybody confirm that this works? I'd greatly appreciate any help.
Also, if it does work, is there anything that I should look out for? Say, the size of the disk, cables, etc.
03-11-2011 10:14 AM
According to the configurable options for that series (e9280CTO) the chassis already has 2 internal bays for 3.5" drives.
Refer to pg 22 ((actually in 3rd section (the hard drive section) it's pg6)). Each section starts with new page numbers. Read the entire manual to grasp how to take the computer apart (properly and safely). It's really a breeze, and simple.
Neat pictures, and step by step. You disassemble the computer by removing power cord, side cover, front panel, and disconnecting the drive bay cage (consists of the PMD cage and leads) then lift out the cage. As you lift out the cage, you can unplug the 2 leads of the SATA hard drive. The bigger of the 2 is the power lead. The smaller is the data cable.
OK, your ready:
1) Look for a spare power lead. Your PSU has 4 SATA power leads. 2 were used with the original HD and DVD drive.
2) You need to purchase a new SATA data cable for the new drive. You need to measure the original in the unit. Leave it plugged in, just measure it. Each listed below is $3.99 with $1.99 shipping.
Now for the drive(s). It's like cars, so I will be bias. I prefer Seagate. Not fond of WD.
Ok I sent you a link, and you can browse all the drives, but read the reviews.
Keep in mind that your searching for a 32mb cache, 7200 RPM, and SATA 3.0 drive.
BTW - The word "eSATA" refers to external cable. It is not a drive.
Also, you might consider adding another DVD drive (reader not a burner) to compliment the system http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8
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