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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-05-2019, 08:24 PM - Thread Starter
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Ok to use SATA power splitter?

Hi guys. I have 3 HDDs and I'm buying a 3rd SSD and I need 2 splitters because it will make cable management a lot easier.

Are SATA power splitters ok to use? If so how can I buy them without paying a lot of money? So far I only seem to be able to buy them in bulk. I only need 2.

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Molex to Sata lose all your data.

I would not use any type of splitter unless you know exactly how it is manufactured and can look at it in person.

In short, do not use a splitter unless you absolutely have to.

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Unless you feel like playing russian roulette with your data and your drives you should not be using splitters
Why not just live with the cable mess i have 6 drives as well as other stuff using power and sure its a lot of cables but its better than using splitters

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if you're using modular PSUs you can look up replacement cables that comes with more SATA power plugs.
just take note that it has to be cables for that exact model, don't mix random modular cables as their wiring can be vastly different.

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In terms of the PSU ... it will be designed to handle multiple power hungry legacy drives so adding extra SSDs will not be an issue power wise.

However as pointed out above the quality of a lot of splitters leaves much to be desired.
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Power wise, it is not an issue unless you are running your full system off one cable with tons of splitters.

I have splitters for years without issues. I even add more ends to them to use in tight spots that a 90 degree fits best.

I have never had an issue at all. I have also and still to use Molex to SATA when they fit the bill. Still waiting to loose all my data(not going to happen. It all lives in my nas with backups).

2.5inch and SSD's only use 5 volts. Not allot to go wrong on those and the power draw is pretty low.

If you are not getting the cheapest cable on the market, I think you should be ok.

You should see the inside of my media center system. Fan header(wired to provide 5 volts) used to power the DVD drive. Splitter for my 2.5 inch and SSD.

This is not to say you can not have issues with poor quality cables.
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