Impossible-to-use SATA port workaround?

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June 1, 2010 at 18:00:00
Specs: Windows XP SP3, AMD X2 4800+, 2GB DDR2
Right, I've bought a new hard-drive as I have a mere 3 gigabytes left of free space on my current one. I would like to run them side-by-side, but my motherboard, an MSI DKA790GX, does not (physically) allow it. For some reason, they've placed the ports like this:

As I am using that motherboard in combination with a GTX275, I only have one place to put a new hard-drive. Due to the rather stupid positioning of the ports, this means that to fit a standard wire into that space is physically impossible (and I am not exaggerating that fact).

I would rather not have to buy a whole new motherboard just because I want to add another hard-drive, especially as doing so would mean complete disassembly and then reassembly, and with my Zalman cooler fan, that would be a nuisance, to say the least.

Is there any way I can work around this problem? Also, if I have two hard-drives right next to each other, will this cause heat or airflow issues?

P.S. this rather serious design fault has put me off all MSI products. Who knows what annoying "innovations" they might come up with next.

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June 1, 2010 at 18:14:20
Why are you blaming the motherboard rather than the case you're using?

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June 1, 2010 at 18:26:30
It's a standard ATX case that I bought for a little over a tenner (every single ATX case I have seen looks exactly like mine inside) for which the board was surely designed. Motherboards should have vertically-facing ports, not horizontal.

Why would I blame the case, which has been designed to typical ATX standards and has not tried to be overly innovative in any way? I shouldn't have to buy some fancy triangle-shaped MSI case to install a new internal drive.

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June 1, 2010 at 18:47:24
"Why would I blame the case, which has been designed to typical ATX standards"

There are ATX desktop cases, ATX mini towers, ATX mid towers & ATX full towers...all conform to the ATX standard. The average mid tower has at least four 3.5" internal bays.

How many HDD's do you have stacked in the case? Why do you need to have one at the very bottom near the board? Are you putting drives in each bay or are you skipping every other bay for better air flow? Did you consider using a 5.25" to 3.5" adapter & installing a HDD in one of the optical drive bays? or how about using a SATA cable with 90 degree plugs...would that help?

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June 1, 2010 at 18:58:36
Well, I have a GTX275. If it matters, it's a PALiT one, which means it has two fans. If you haven't seen one of those before, well, basically, really big and blocks two of my standard hard-drive slots (I only have four in total). I only have two hard-drives in total in the case (including the one I'm talking about). As for installing a hard-drive into a disc-drive slot, how would I go about doing that?

By the way I do have a 90-degree SATA cable, however it seems to be 90 degrees in the wrong direction :S

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June 1, 2010 at 19:15:26

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