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November 16th, 2020 12:00

XPS 8940, add 2nd 3.5" HDD

My new XPS 8940 has a 256 GB SSD and a 2 TB 3.5" drive. I would like to add a 2nd 3.5" Hard Drive to the enclosure. The chassis currently has a couple of unused Hard Drive cages. One of them is 2.5" and appears to be riveted to the chassis. The other unused cage is slightly bigger and held in place with screws, but still looks to be too small to fit a 3.5" hard drive. 

Is there any way to replace one of the smaller unused hard drive cages with a 3.5" cage?

 

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November 19th, 2020 17:00

Thanks all for your input.

Gopal - The Dell documentation on the XPS 8940 is incorrect. As kanadian-kaos correctly pointed-out, there are in fact (2) 3.5" hard drive cages in the XPS 8940. I received my Western Digital Purple Surveillance HDD, 10TB, 7200 RPM Class, SATA 6 Gb/s, 256 MB Cache, 3.5" from Amazon yesterday. It is now installed, initialized as a GPT drive and being written-to by my BlueIris security S/W. So my HDD overall storage configuration is:
C: 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
2TB 7200 rpm 3.5" SATA HDD
E: DVD RW Drive
F: 10TB 7200 rpm 3.5" SATA HDD

So yes it is quite possible to install (2) 3.5" HDD's in the XPS 8940.

 

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November 19th, 2020 17:00

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December 10th, 2020 20:00

bbdude,

I want to do the same thing.  But I could not find the additional sata-power cable  or the data cable inside 8940.  How did you manage. Pl. explain.  I already got a HDD from amazon.  I have some extra screws. Thanks.

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December 29th, 2020 14:00

@the bbdude 

 

I just ordered the 8940 and am waiting for it to arrive in the mail.  It is coming with a 512 SSD for the OS, and a 3.5 1TB 3.5 SATA HDD.  I plan to remove the 1TB 3.5 SATA HDD and install two WB Black 8TB 3.5 SATA HDD.  I was so glad to see your thread here stating that you has successfully installing a second 3.5 SATA HDD.  

What I would like to know is if you needed to buy an extra cable to accommodate the second 3.5 SATA HDD?  And if so which one did you purchase?  Lastly , what else did you have to produce/purchase to complete the install, i.e. screws, etc?

I want to be able to purchase everything before the PC arrives so I can have everything ready to upgrade it right away.

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December 29th, 2020 15:00

In the XPS 8940 Factory configuration, there is a SATA data and power cable routed over to the unused 2.5" HDD cage (top rear of the chassis) but nothing is in that cage. I just rerouted those cables over to the unused 3.5" HDD cage (top front of chassis) and that is where I installed the new HDD. plugged in the cables and done.

The 10 TB WD Purple drive I added did not come with screws, so I removed a couple of screws from an old PC (I had long ago quit using) HDD mount.

 

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December 29th, 2020 16:00

Greetings, Tarak Abu

 

Sorry for the delayed response. I would recommend you to contact our sales experts who should be able to check for product compatibility and availability.

 

Thanks,

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December 30th, 2020 02:00

@the bbdude 

Thanks for the quick reply.  So all I will have to do is get screws, that easy enough.

Another question if you don't mind.  Why did you go with the WD Purple?  I ask because I am looking at getting the WD Black instead and was wondering if there were any technical pro/cons with one over the other.  And also, other then HDD additions have you done any other modifications?  I was thinking of adding a fan on the inside behind the front of the chassis to assist in pulling air in.  BTW, I ordered my 8940 with i9 10900, I am installing 128GB of Crucial Battistix RAM, a 500GB Samsung 980 Pro SSD for the OS, and two 8 TB WD Black in RAID 1, and lastly it is coming with the new Nvidia RTX 3070.

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December 31st, 2020 11:00

The Western Digital Purple series HDD's are for 24/7 Surveillance, ie they can be written-to continuously and can withstand higher temperatures in a PC that is always turned on and operating.

The only other modification I made to my XPS8940 was to add an Ethernet NIC card (Rosewill RC-20001 2.5GBASE-T PCIe Network Adapter 2.5Gbps PCIe card). This allowed me to create a separate isolated LAN for my IP Surveillance cameras.

 

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January 3rd, 2021 18:00

I added a second 3.5" HDD to the top bay, belowIMG_1673.JPG the optical drive.  You will need 4x #6 (size) -32 (threads per inch) x 1/4" long screws and a SATA power cable (I tapped into the second power cable at the 2.5" bay) and a SATA data cable to connect the HDD to the open SATA port on the motherboard (near the RAM slots).  My first SATA cable (Cable Matters from Amazon) stuck out too far and I could not close the case.  Found another cable more like what dell uses, it is smaller and everything fits.  The photo shows the drive installed.  Note how the red data cable sticks out too far.

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January 3rd, 2021 18:00

@BigRocks2006 

Thanks for the details.  I am still awaiting for my XPS 8940 to arrive.  Can't wait to crack it open to swap the existing HDD and add the second HDD as well as the RAM.

 

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February 17th, 2021 23:00

I just ordered a XPS 8940 with a 256GB Solid State Drive and a 2TB Hard Drive.  I plan to add a 2nd 3.5" Hard Drive after I receive it.  My question is .... is there a limit to the size of the Hard Drive I can add?  I was hoping to add a 6TB or 8TB secondary Hard Drive (for movies and pictures).

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February 18th, 2021 06:00

@Alphonso2021 

I successfully added two WD 10TB HDD in RAID1.

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March 28th, 2021 04:00

@the bbdude  The two 3.5" HDD cages are identical, only rotated.  I moved my HDD from one position to the other in its cage.

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March 28th, 2021 05:00

@Tarak Abu Adam  Just be careful with the Crucial Ballistix memory.  Dell doesn't allow XPS profiles for memory, so you will only be able to run it at its SPD profile, which is likely to be 2400 MHz, rather than the 2933 MHz of the installed  memory.

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March 28th, 2021 10:00

@Jon-62 

Via Task Manager, Windows reports a memory speed of 2666 MHz.  

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