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What storage can I get for this motherboard? Please advice

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1 month ago

Hi guys,

I have MSI - Z270 SLI PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard and currently using 2 drives:

a) Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive b) PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5” SATA III Internal Solid State Drive

I am trying to buy additional storage, preferably Hard drive, to add some extra storage for my stuffs. Which storage would you recommend that are compatible with my other storage & mobo (not blocking ways of plug etc.) Also, I am looking for something not fancy/expensive, but reliable does the job well - just for storage purpose... I know SSD is much better and faster choice if you compare it with HDD. If it's reasonable or some price I prefer that faster. Additionally, are 'm2s faster than SSD?

Please help me.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Any SATA hard drive of the appropriate capacity should work.

By "m.2 faster than SSD" I assume you mean NVMe vs SATA. SSD comes in various sizes and interface types. One size is 2.5 inch which for consumer SSD always uses the SATA interface. m.2 is another size and it can be either SATA or NVMe. NVMe has faster sequential transfer rates but that doesn't always translate to faster in the real world. For most gaming purposes you won't see a difference.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the response. So another HDD SATA hard drive won't have any problems in terms of not enough pin/plugs on m mobo, yeah?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yup, atx mobos generally have 6 sata ports for ssd/hdd connection so you've prolly got spares still.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Preferably around 3 TB would be good? I don't think I have extra SATA cable that came with Mobo... do I need to purchase one?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Just make sure you have a SATA data cable for it. If you don't have one immediately available, look around for your original motherboard packaging and accessories, or just order one.

You will also need SATA power from your PSU.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Preferably around 3 TB would be good? I don't think I have extra SATA cable that came with Mobo... do I need to purchase two - 1 for new HDD and 1 for psu??? O_o

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

SATA power is usually an extra plug on an existing cable, and SATA data is usually a separate cable. If you don't have these things, you'll need a SATA data cable and a SATA power cable, the latter depending on what cables you have from the PSU. ("Worst" case is a Molex to SATA cable.)

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