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Want safe way to piggy back a power supply for XPS 210

I've got an XPS 210, very quiet apart from noisy (optional) hdd fan, which is probably there because it's such a small case. Have purchased a 'silent' Nexus Frizzbee HDD fan but there is no spare power supply on this system (it's BTX SFF motherboard with SATA connectors). Is there any safe way to either buy an adaptor to piggy back on another power connector or to hack into one. I don't want to hack into the little four-cable/five pin Dell connector on the motherboard as supplied fan has four connectors and Nexus has simply two (12V continuous operation).

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The simplest way to solve this will be to get a power splitter. You should get one for around 2$. It will have a connector and two plugs(used to split the power supply into two.)

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You can connect the splitter to any of the 4 connectors that power IDEs(Hard Disk, DVD ROM, CDROM etc.,). The splitter's sole purpose is to split one 12v supply into two 12V power supplies so that we can connect two devices instead of one. You can disconnect the power from DVD connect the splitter to it and then use one of the two 12v supplies from the splitter to connect to the DVD drive and the other to the HDD fan.


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