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Windows 7: 3 Hard drives in series?

12 Aug 2016   #1
djpete

win 7
 
 
3 Hard drives in series?

I had 2 hard drives in series. c and d drive and also one external hd
I changed the main one to SSD and left the old one in there.

I was thinking can I use the old one as a 3rd Hard drive?

I did notice that the cable (SATA) had three connectors in line, just one cable.

So question is..
Can I just move the main c drive ssd to the first cable connector
reconnect the old hard drive to the second connector and connect my 3rd hd to the 3rd connector?

I read that 2 is the limit but I think that is for older machines.

Thanks in advance


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12 Aug 2016   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

The old ide you could only have master and slave on one port but if you have sata and 3 ports you can have 3 drives some maybe special ports for raid or other we realy need make model of the motherboard to tell you for sure
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12 Aug 2016   #3
djpete

win 7
 
 

thanks yes it had just one cable with 3 connectors inline. Can I just add the c drive ssd to the first inline and then the other 2 after that? Will it be able to work out that the first is the boot drive?
Also the second will have the old OS on it too until I start the PC and remove the files. Could that cause an issue?
I will double check but I am sure there were 3 inline connections on the cable.
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12 Aug 2016   #4
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Its rare to have multi connections on one cable its normally 1 cable to 1 port is yours like this
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12 Aug 2016   #5
djpete

win 7
 
 

mmm I DO remember that it was one cable with three inline connections.
Will have another look and give it a go.
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12 Aug 2016   #6
djpete

win 7
 
 

ok got pics.......one min
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12 Aug 2016   #7
djpete

win 7
 
 

Pics. You can see the extra plug too..

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0...3lUZk5PNEJpTE0
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12 Aug 2016   #8
djpete

win 7
 
 

I think there is a power wire and data wire inline spare so hoping can just move c ssd drive up to front add second drive to 2nd inline and add 3rd drive to third position. Computer will rec os first drive which is c drive and boot up and then all i do is removed the old os files from the second drive and use it for data backup etc after format
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12 Aug 2016   #9
djpete

win 7
 
 

so connect ssd to the 2 plugs as circled..


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12 Aug 2016   #10
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

There seems to be 6 ports on the MB so you should be able to have 6 devices
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