So here I am trying to fill up the drive slots in the Define 7 XL case. As you can see on the picture, I need longer SAS cables - those are in the mail. Easy fix.
But I have no idea how to manage the SATA power cables. I’ve been googling and searching but have not found any decent solutions for my case. Any idea where I can find a power cable with connectors that are closer together, so I don’t have those huge loops? And maybe more than 4 per cable so I can run 1 cable for 8 drives?
Sata power cables are rated for a max of 75 watts, and 3.5" hard drives can suck up to 15 watts (if you get really bad ones). I wouldn’t recommend extending a single to 8x unless they were going to all SATA based SSDs.
Could be doable if the drives are spun up in sequence and not simultaneously. Regular hard drives don’t consume more than 5-6w while reading/writing (more if 7200 rpm or faster). They do spike up a lot higher when starting from idle.
That’s gotta be a quality product being qualified by both
Anyway, that thing has 4 SATA connects and an 8-pin (probably PCIe) connector, so that seems plenty for power? a 10-pin, not sure what that is though. Probably some proprietary connector from HP or Dell (whatever company this actually belongs to lol).
That said, 2 things: 1) I don’t see any data connectors on that so I’m not sure how that’s supposed to work and 2) the drive spacing in consumer cases isn’t necessarily the same as on a backplane meant for servers.