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Adding Sata drive to a Dell Inspiron 537ST

I have a Dell Inspiron Desktop 537ST which only has one SATA drive connector. Is there such a thing as a sata drive card that I can install in the computer to add another drive? It's a slim tower also.

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Yes you can use a PCI to SATA connector , check this link for the sample of that device that you can use for your computer to add additional SATA connections.

http://www.usb-ware.com/2-port-sata-pci-card-internal.htm

Posted on May 25, 2010

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