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Does asus p5n7a-vm support sata optical drive?

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January 12, 2012 7:37:22 PM

Will the Asus P5N7A-VM motherboard support a SATA ODD in the SATA 4 socket? This will be a second optical drive in addition to the first 40 pin IDE drive.
January 12, 2012 7:48:17 PM

Jim_86 said:
Will the Asus P5N7A-VM motherboard support a SATA ODD in the SATA 4 socket? This will be a second optical drive in addition to the first 40 pin IDE drive.

Forgot to mention Windows 7 is my OS. Jim_86
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January 12, 2012 8:10:24 PM

Hi there Jim,

It should, it doesn't state no ATAPI dev.

If u will run out of the ports, u can still use it with SSD/HDD and hook up DVD drive into the Red one : ) But, it will work,...
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January 12, 2012 9:23:57 PM

nikorr said:
Hi there Jim,

It should, it doesn't state no ATAPI dev.

If u will run out of the ports, u can still use it with SSD/HDD and hook up DVD drive into the Red one : ) But, it will work,...


Thanks nikorr, I have the SATA 4 connection port available for my Asus SATA ODD. Since the MB manual isn't too specific about connecting SATA ODD's to a motherboard SATA port I was concerned about installing it at all. I will go ahead and try it tomorrow. Other blogs suggest that since the OS is already installed that there shouldn't be a problem, especially with Vista and Windows 7.
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January 12, 2012 9:27:46 PM

At worst, it would not work, that's all. But in your case, it will.

BTW, how many drives do u have? U can use them in the purple slots too.
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January 12, 2012 9:30:04 PM

nikorr said:
At worst, it would not work, that's all. But in your case, it will.

BTW, how many drives do u have? U can use them in the purple slots too.


I have to internal hard drives in SATA 1 and 2. I don't remember seeing any purple slots . . .
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January 12, 2012 9:35:34 PM

Excuse me, that should read two. I missed the "w" in two. Jim_86
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January 12, 2012 9:37:16 PM

Jim_86 said:
Excuse me, that should read two. I missed the "w" in two. Jim_86

Is this your board?
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January 13, 2012 2:23:47 PM

Yes, it looks like it. The only difference is that the purple slots you mention appear to be black on mine; SATA's 5 & 6. Good to know that the ODD will work in those slots too. Thanks for your help, I am going to power down now and see if I can install the optical drive. Jim
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January 13, 2012 4:26:02 PM

My Asus DRW-24B3LT SATA optical drive installed and works just fine using the SATA 4 port on my Asus P5N7A-VM motherboard despite the lack of intructions one way or the other in the motherboard user manual. Thanks, nikorr, for your help and confidence that it would work. Jim
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January 13, 2012 4:56:10 PM

Jim_86 said:
My Asus DRW-24B3LT SATA optical drive installed and works just fine using the SATA 4 port on my Asus P5N7A-VM motherboard despite the lack of intructions one way or the other in the motherboard user manual. Thanks, nikorr, for your help and confidence that it would work. Jim

Glad it works out for u Jim_86 : )
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