I want to add a 2.5 inch SATA hard drive to my Dell Inspiron 530, fitting it in the slot where a Floppy drive or card reader goes (its currently sitting empty).
I already have 2x 3.5 SATA hard drives in my computer so:
1) Would the power supply be able to handle a third hard drive, even if its a smaller laptop hard drive?
2) Would there be any problems with the motherboard (and BIOS)?
3) Where can I find a blank plastic panel to cover the hole in the front of the case?
I have an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor and my motherboard has the model number 0FM586.
I dont have a graphics card so I know I'm saving power there.
Thanks for any help
I would suggest you not to add a third hdd as this can degrade the system performance , I would rather suggest you to try an external HDD or you can replace the existing HDD with a larger Size HDD.
Coming to Your specific questions-
1-Yes systems default power supply can handle the third hard drive but you need to check for power supply connector availability.
2-there would be no issues with bios, however you can update the bios to latest version from dell support site www.support.dell.com
3-it is really hard to find the specific front panel for HDD which can suit both hdd and system front bezel , You can try some of the older desktops HDD front plastic panel. you can contact dell sales for this or you can also contact dell OWR or search over ebay.com
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Thanks and Regards
Hi, how would my system performance degrade if I add a third hard drive?I have 4GB of RAM and each hard drive has a different operating system on so they are not always active.I want to use the third drive for a third OS.I have 1 spare SATA power lead and I just need to buy a new SATA data cable.I have the latest BIOS update (1.0.18).On the third point, I think we might have got confused, I'm looking for a 2.5" drive bay cover (see pic). I cant find one to fit anywhere, it seems like it will be easier to make one.One more point, I am in the UK and not USA.Kind regards