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no case sizes stated so no motherboard format can';t be known lacking that, (MT, DT or SFF sized case)>>??? and no end goal or final configuration stated.
what SSD is it , sell exactly what SDD, model and size is always best.
the only clue I have here is have no Sat 2 set up , does that mean SATA2 port or port #2? SATA
the former is speed and the latter is SATA port jack.
my wild guess is you have SATA 0 and 1 ports only and not the 3 jack called sata 2 (ordinal counting used)
I can tell you for a fact if you searched at dell this answer is here. and many times.
first read this, the tech guide.
read page 12, the SFF ONLY HAS 2 times SATA ports (SATA-III speed)
so if you have 1 port used you must remove the 2nd port cable, from the DVD drive the SFF had and optional Slim line DVD drive if your is that, then remove it and use external DVD USB for $15 sold on fleabay, most folks today 2019 have no use with DVD at all. a dying tech for sure, just like VHS died.
if your SDD fails tell what it does and what you are attempting,
hdd 0- removed and replacing with SSD 0
or adding a 2nd drive, SSD< as a data only driver.
we do not know what you are attempting or the END Goal; unstated by you but the above helps .
good luck to you and all using old dell PC.s