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Question about hard drives and setup....

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I know I could probably find this online.. but I honestly have NO idea how to search for it or find it specifically. What I want to do is use up all 5 3.5" Hard drive spaces in my tower.. (currently have two in there) .. but what im confused on is when i add them.. how do i connect them? from where i plugged the two already in there into my motherboard it doesnt look like theres anywhere else on there to plug in a hard drive.. how do i do this? whats the way to set up a system with many hard drives? is there something im overlooking or not aware of? thanks for any answer thumb.gif
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If you don't have any extra SATA (assuming your board is recent enough to have SATA) connectors left on your motherboard you will need to get a SATA controller card or a RAID card. What is your exact motherboard? You may need a PCI (if your board is older or you don't have any empty PCIe stols) or a PCIe card.
You can get a cheap SATA II controller card for ~$20 in the US.
 
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(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3930k MSI X79MA-GD45 Powercolor 7950 G Skill 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung 830 Swiftech Apogee XT Rev. 1 EK-FC HWLabs Black Ice GTX 240 and a Koolance HX-CU72... 
CoolingCoolingOSOS
MCP 35X and a MCP 350 Koolance 401x2 Opensuse 12.1 Windows 7 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky OCN with cherry blues Antec True Power New 650W Cooler Master CM690 II 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-750 Gigabyte p55-ud2 GTX 430 G Skill 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Samsung HD204UI Fedora 15 Corsair CX-430 Silverstone GC04 
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The other question is if your power supply has enough connectors and/or wattage to support those drives.
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Thread Starter 
before i add them i need to upgrade my PSU.. my system right now requires more power than i have lol... if i run a large game right now my computer shuts itself off lol.

but ive been using molex y splitters for power on things and my drives
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