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Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2003 - 2:31 pm:   

I have a 350 watt psu which has four 4-pin molex drive connectors. I want to add another hdd, is it possible to use a splitter cable on one of the connectors or will this mean there is not enough power to go around?
Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2003 - 7:25 am:   

Being that you have a 350watt power supply, I would not have a problem with using a splitter to add another hard drive.
Jay Meahl
Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2003 - 12:37 pm:   

One thought first though, what is the motherboard and cpu? If it's a Athlon:) or P4:( then you MIGHT want to reconsider. AthlonXP and P4's suck a lot of power, and if you have all ram slots filled, with a 64mb agp video card, a 4.1 sound card, your web cam, printer, keyboard, and mouse all on your usb, two cd-roms, your current hdd, etc, your 350 power supply might be a little taxed. If this doesn't sound like you, you are most likely ok.
Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2003 - 6:26 pm:   

Since the motherboard requires a 300watt power supply, I would think that the manufacturer would have taken into account the possiblility of using all inputs from the motherboard and power plugs. Jay's thought doesn't go without merit though. I've seen some computer manufacturers put in small power supplies in their systems. So it would be wise to check the power requirements of any motherboard before adding new hardware.

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