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Adding extra SATA Ports to my PC


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#1 Fringedweller

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:00 AM

My PC has only 2 SATA sockets, both of which are allocated. I want to add an extra single SATA hard drive and if possible also a new SATA optical drive.

My mobo has a spare PCIe x1 socket and I see there are loads of PCIe x1 to SATA controller cards available online.

All these cards are advertised as RAID controllers and tend to have two SATA sockets.

Anyone know if I can:

a) Use just a single socket to connect a single hard drive as I don't need a RAID setup

b) Use the second SATA socket to feed a new optical SATA drive so I can ditch my old IDE drive.

Any answers very much appreciated.

Edited by Fringedweller, 15 August 2010 - 10:02 AM.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:25 AM

I don't know of any reason why not. The only difference that I can think of would be the difference between the two different bus speeds. The PCIe-1 may be slower.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:28 AM

I don't know of any reason why not. The only difference that I can think of would be the difference between the two different bus speeds. The PCIe-1 may be slower.


Thanks dc3. Do you know if the 2 individual SATA ports on these cards are independent, or only suitable for RAID setups?
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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:30 AM

They should be independent.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:34 AM

They should be independent.


Thanks, I will get the card and give it a go. Also, I found this post regarding the optical drive so all my questions answered!

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:40 AM

You are welcome. Good luck.

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