Solved Cloning a Dell hard drive

February 4, 2020 at 12:34:38
Specs: Windows 10
My Dell computer is using a power supply with only one connector, already attached to the hard drive. I bought an SSD to clone. The motherboard has an additional SATA port but the power supply does not have an additional connector so I don't know how to power the new SSD for the cloning process. Anybody got any ideas?

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#1
February 4, 2020 at 13:50:53
I've been thinking, I have another power supply lying around. Is it possible (will it work) if I connect the new SSD to a SATA port on the Dell motherboard and power the new SSD with the spare power supply? Yes, I know it would be better to just throw this power supply into the Dell since it has multiple power connectors, but the Dell case is too small to swap power supplies.

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#2
February 4, 2020 at 14:40:52
Wouldn't it be easier to do it via USB?

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/...

(and it doesn't have to be a laptop drive)

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#3
February 4, 2020 at 16:09:05
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Definitely much easier and simpler to use a usb-SATA adapter...

UGreen and Startech are th two brands I have and use in that vein.

One has blue led to indicate when sate is flowing; the other doesn't.

Both can be externally powered too... if needs-be


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#4
February 4, 2020 at 17:32:39
Is this one of those compact desktop? (small form-factor)
If the power unit allows, get a power-cable-splitter, somthing like this:
https://www.amazon.com/CableCreatio...

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#5
February 4, 2020 at 17:33:36
Thanks for the replies. I had not thought of using an adapter, that is why I really like this website :)

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#6
February 4, 2020 at 17:36:49
sluc, its an Inspiron, a small case with an absolutely crappy PSU. I will never buy another Dell again, I build my own now. This Dell is my wife's rig, basically used for word processing but I wanted to get her an SSD for speed and reliability.

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