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Does it matter if you swap your SATA cables around?

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October 30, 2011 5:59:25 PM

Hey guys

A while back i built my PC and didn't care if i put my hard disk and dvd drive in my SATA 3 motherboard spots. Im getting an SSD now though and i need those SATA III motherboard spots open (just using the SSD as an extra drive, not as boot drive). Will i be okay if i just move the sata cables for my hard disk and dvd drive to another sata II port?

Thanks guys
a c 435 V Motherboard
October 30, 2011 9:54:16 PM

You should have no issues.
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a b V Motherboard
October 30, 2011 10:28:10 PM

I've had PCs not boot after doing that when multiple drives are present, and had drive letters change in a way I didn't want.

If that should happen to you, simply disconnect the SATA cables from your non-boot HD, and boot. Power down, reconnect your other drives, reboot, and adjust drive letters if/as necessary.

Or tell the BIOS which specific HD you now want to boot from if the BIOS supports that approach.
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October 30, 2011 11:06:19 PM

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