Is there any risk or problem with using a y-adaptor to hook two hardware pieces (hard drives, floppy drives, cd-rom drives, extra fans, etc.) to one power-supply outlet? (I am having trouble finding a power supply unit that has enough outlets to accommodate all the components I will put into the tower I recently bought - the power supply that came with the tower only has outlets for five items even though the case has nine bays. And this seems to be a rather common phenomenon, judging from what I've seen since then. What do these manufacturers think the extra bays in a tower are for?)
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Using "Y" splitters for power leads poses no particular problems, but I would recommend being mindful of the exact components that you connect to them I have seen certain device, such as CPU fans, cause problems for hard drives Devices such as CD-Rom's, Zip drives, floppy drives, etc would be by first choice for using the splitters Try and keep the hard drives connected by themselves and directly from the power supply
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Posted by Ken Colburn of Data Doctors on June 13, 1999