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VMware pass through USB storage on a Dell 2950

I installed VMware ESXi on a Dell 2950 to get out company more into virtuilazation however my Dell server does not have enough storage for what I want to do.

I read to pass a USB hard drive I needed a USB controller. I purchased a Startech USB 3.0 - 2 port controller but it looks like it requires legacy power connected. I noticed in the front of the server above the HDD tray there is a legacy power cord. If I purchased an extention cord to route to the back of the server would that power the PCI express device?

Another option I am looking at is replacing the internal 72 GB SAS drives with 1 TB SAS drives. The USB option is much cheaper.
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THANK YOU! I was about to spend $1,000+ in hardware. I will give it a try.
Worked perfectly! Thank you!