You might think from the length of this post that I'm building a supercomputer from scratch. Nope, just a little upgrade. I've always been a hands-in-pocket type of engineer when it comes to unfamiliar equipment.
Here's what I have:
Asus P7P55D Pro
EVGA nVidia Geforce GTX 275
Lite-On Blu-Ray player/DVD writer
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 dual TV tuner
1 Caviar Black
Corsair TX 650W
Dust (aftermarket, 21 months worth, bad housekeeping seal of disapproval)
The plan is to replace the accumulated dust with a couple of memory cards, a Caviar Green HDD, and an additional eSATA port. I just want to make sure I have all the necessary material, and know exactly what I'm going to do before opening up the computer.
So I want to install the eSATA panel that comes with my external drive enclosures in the vacant expansion slot. The PCI slots are unused, so there should be plenty of room. Do you see any problems with this?
If I read the photos and motherboard layout correctly, there should be two unused SATA connectors (SATA5 and SATA6). 1,2,3,4 go to the HDDs, the optical drive and the front panel eSATA port. The SATA_E1 is connected to an expansion slot panel that also contains what looks to me like 2 CD input connectors. (never bothered to investigate that). It's in the bottom slot with the vacant slot just above it.
Question 2, 2.1 & 2.2:
It appears that installing the Caviar Green in the HDD cage is just a matter of mounting screws, no other hardware required, right?. The Black is in the second slot and the Velociraptor is in the fourth slot. Which of the remaining two slots is preferable for the new drive? My bag of spare parts has two 18" SATA cables with different connectors. May I assume one of them is the right one to use for the drive?
Am I going to need a Power cable Y-splitter for the new drive, or is there a vacant connector on the existing SATA power cable?