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Which SATA port should I connect my SSD in?

Hey, I currently have a motherboard ASUS Vanguard B85

And I have the following SATA Ports:
SATA6G_12, SATA6G_3, SATA6G_4, SATA3G_56( I believe this one is the black port?)
Also, I believe SATA6G_3 and SATA6G_4 are blocked by my graphics card.

Which port would be the best to connect my SSD?

The motherboard = https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Nla-lk70LJA/maxresdefault.jpg
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  1. It really doesn't matter as long as it's SATA3 (6GB/sec) and in AHCI mode.
  2. CountMike said:
    It really doesn't matter as long as it's SATA3 (6GB/sec) and in AHCI mode.


    Currently my Hard Drive and Optical Drive SATA's are connected to SATA6G_12 so that one is full and SATA6G_3 and SATA6G_4 are blocked by my graphics card. And SATA3G_56 is the only available one and I believe is less powerful if I am not wrong because it is SATA3G?

    What if I moved my Hard Drive or Optical Drive(one of those) to SATA3G_56 and connect my SSD to the SATA6G_12 free slot?
  3. SATA 3GB/sec (also called SATA2) has half speed of SATA3 (6GB/sec). That's not important for HDDs and CD/DVD drives but SSD can use that speed and work faster.
  4. CountMike said:
    SATA 3GB/sec (also called SATA2) has half speed of SATA3 (6GB/sec). That's not important for HDDs and CD/DVD drives but SSD can use that speed and work faster.


    Ah okay, I will just move my Optical Drive to the SATA3G.

    The SATA3G_56 is the black port on the side right? (at the bottom)
    (on the image I put on my thread)
  5. I usually connect mine to port 0 (the master port as i call it)
  6. That's probably SAT6G 1 and 2 instead of 12, same with SATA3G that's 5 and 6 and not 56. For ease of use I would connect SSD to SATA6G-1 because BIOS looks for first port first.
    PS.
    Some start numbering with 0, others with 1 but it doesn't matter as BIOS could be set to BOOT first from any port.
  7. CountMike said:
    That's probably SAT6G 1 and 2 instead of 12, same with SATA3G that's 5 and 6 and not 56. For ease of use I would connect SSD to SATA6G-1 because BIOS looks for first port first.
    PS.
    Some start numbering with 0, others with 1 but it doesn't matter as BIOS could be set to BOOT first from any port.


    Ah alright thanks, I will do that.

    Also, when installing the SSD, does the Hard Drive need to be disconnected when I install the SSD and boot it up.
  8. Yes, it would be good to have HDDs disconnected, specially if there's an active partition on it.
  9. CountMike said:
    Yes, it would be good to have HDDs disconnected, specially if there's an active partition on it.


    And if I want to migrate my OS to my SSD I will have to reconnect the Hard Drive back?
  10. Depends how you migrate it. For cloning you need both connected of course but that shouldn't affect HDD. If you make a full backup oh HDD with something like Macrium Reflect free than you can omit HDD. I would suggest clean windows installation on SSD for few reasons, one of them being that SATA should be in AHCI mode and some cloning SW can't switch to it. MR can. Other reason would be that clean install gives you better results although it's more work.
  11. CountMike said:
    Depends how you migrate it. For cloning you need both connected of course but that shouldn't affect HDD. If you make a full backup oh HDD with something like Macrium Reflect free than you can omit HDD. I would suggest clean windows installation on SSD for few reasons, one of them being that SATA should be in AHCI mode and some cloning SW can't switch to it. MR can. Other reason would be that clean install gives you better results although it's more work.


    How would I make a clean installation of windows? Will I need to uninstall the current ones and reinstall them?
  12. Which windows ? Normally you would have a CD/DVD with W7 or USB with W10, bootable and ready to install.
  13. CountMike said:
    Which windows ? Normally you would have a CD/DVD with W7 or USB with W10, bootable and ready to install.


    I got windows 10. I got it online.
  14. In ISO format or bootable on USB ?
  15. CountMike said:
    In ISO format or bootable on USB ?


    I don't know. I downloaded it from their website.
  16. Ant_5_ said:
    CountMike said:
    Yes, it would be good to have HDDs disconnected, specially if there's an active partition on it.


    And if I want to migrate my OS to my SSD I will have to reconnect the Hard Drive back?


    Is your OS and everything else currently residing on the HDD?
  17. USAFRet said:
    Ant_5_ said:
    CountMike said:
    Yes, it would be good to have HDDs disconnected, specially if there's an active partition on it.


    And if I want to migrate my OS to my SSD I will have to reconnect the Hard Drive back?


    Is your OS and everything else currently residing on the HDD?


    Yes, everything is currently on my HDD. But it would probably be better to install a clean version. But not sure how I would do that because I do not have a DVD for the windows, I downloaded them online.
  18. Ant_5_ said:
    USAFRet said:
    Ant_5_ said:
    CountMike said:
    Yes, it would be good to have HDDs disconnected, specially if there's an active partition on it.


    And if I want to migrate my OS to my SSD I will have to reconnect the Hard Drive back?


    Is your OS and everything else currently residing on the HDD?


    Yes, everything is currently on my HDD. But it would probably be better to install a clean version. But not sure how I would do that because I do not have a DVD for the windows, I downloaded them online.


    Yes, a clean install on the new SSD is the recommended path forward.

    To create your very own Win 10 USB or DVD, go here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
    Run that, and follow the part where it says "make media for another PC" (or words to that effect)
  19. USAFRet said:
    Ant_5_ said:
    USAFRet said:
    Ant_5_ said:
    CountMike said:
    Yes, it would be good to have HDDs disconnected, specially if there's an active partition on it.


    And if I want to migrate my OS to my SSD I will have to reconnect the Hard Drive back?


    Is your OS and everything else currently residing on the HDD?


    Yes, everything is currently on my HDD. But it would probably be better to install a clean version. But not sure how I would do that because I do not have a DVD for the windows, I downloaded them online.


    Yes, a clean install on the new SSD is the recommended path forward.

    To create your very own Win 10 USB or DVD, go here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
    Run that, and follow the part where it says "make media for another PC" (or words to that effect)


    Ah okay, thank you. And while installing the SSD the HDD needs to be disconnected right? after I install the SSD and connect the HDD what happens to the windows on the HDD? or will the HDD be fully reset?
  20. Ant_5_ said:


    Ah okay, thank you. And while installing the SSD the HDD needs to be disconnected right? after I install the SSD and connect the HDD what happens to the windows on the HDD? or will the HDD be fully reset?


    You'll need to manually remove the old OS.
    For many good reasons, it does not do that automatically.
  21. USAFRet said:
    Ant_5_ said:


    Ah okay, thank you. And while installing the SSD the HDD needs to be disconnected right? after I install the SSD and connect the HDD what happens to the windows on the HDD? or will the HDD be fully reset?


    You'll need to manually remove the old OS.
    For many good reasons, it does not do that automatically.


    Do I have to remove the old OS before installing the new SSD or after installing the SSD with the new windows?
  22. Ant_5_ said:
    USAFRet said:
    Ant_5_ said:


    Ah okay, thank you. And while installing the SSD the HDD needs to be disconnected right? after I install the SSD and connect the HDD what happens to the windows on the HDD? or will the HDD be fully reset?


    You'll need to manually remove the old OS.
    For many good reasons, it does not do that automatically.


    Do I have to remove the old OS before installing the new SSD or after installing the SSD with the new windows?


    After.
    And you are installing the OS on the SSD, with only the SSD connected, correct?
  23. USAFRet said:
    Ant_5_ said:
    USAFRet said:
    Ant_5_ said:


    Ah okay, thank you. And while installing the SSD the HDD needs to be disconnected right? after I install the SSD and connect the HDD what happens to the windows on the HDD? or will the HDD be fully reset?


    You'll need to manually remove the old OS.
    For many good reasons, it does not do that automatically.


    Do I have to remove the old OS before installing the new SSD or after installing the SSD with the new windows?


    After.
    And you are installing the OS on the SSD, with only the SSD connected, correct?


    Yes, so I will take off the HDD and plug in the SSD and install the new windows and then I will shut down the computer and plug in the HDD and uninstall the old windows?
  24. Ant_5_ said:

    Yes, so I will take off the HDD and plug in the SSD and install the new windows and then I will shut down the computer and plug in the HDD and uninstall the old windows?


    Yes,
    Format that partition, not "uninstall".
    There is no clicky "uninstall" for that OS.
  25. USAFRet said:
    Ant_5_ said:

    Yes, so I will take off the HDD and plug in the SSD and install the new windows and then I will shut down the computer and plug in the HDD and uninstall the old windows?


    Yes,
    Format that partition, not "uninstall".
    There is no clicky "uninstall" for that OS.


    Okay, thank you.
  26. USAFRet said:
    Ant_5_ said:

    Yes, so I will take off the HDD and plug in the SSD and install the new windows and then I will shut down the computer and plug in the HDD and uninstall the old windows?


    Yes,
    Format that partition, not "uninstall".
    There is no clicky "uninstall" for that OS.


    Hey, I installed the SSD today. The new OS is on the SSD but am I supposed to have program files and program files x86 in both HDD and SSD?? and also do I just delete the folder named "Windows" in my HDD to delete the old OS?
  27. To delete old OS you have to delete all the partition that come with it. Just deleting windows folder is not nearly enough. Installed programs including Program Files and Program files (x86) are now mostly useless. You'll have to reinstall programs. If you clean up old disk you would be able to reinstall them there.
  28. Best answer
    Ant_5_ said:


    Hey, I installed the SSD today. The new OS is on the SSD but am I supposed to have program files and program files x86 in both HDD and SSD?? and also do I just delete the folder named "Windows" in my HDD to delete the old OS?


    No, you don't need nor have "Program Files" folder on your secondary drive.
    Applications can be installed to any folder, on any drive.

    "Program Files" on your C drive is just the common default location.
    Just about every application gives you the opportunity to install elsewhere, when you're installing it.
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