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Windows 7: Does it matter where i connect my Hard drive?

11 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
Does it matter where i connect my Hard drive?

I have a asus p5lp-le(Leonite)
Motherboard description>>>>>
Manufacturer's motherboard name: ASUS P5LP-LE
HP/Compaq name: Leonite-GL8E

HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Motherboard Specifications, P5LP-LE (Leonite) - c00864946 - HP Business Support Center

I have Four sata ports where i can connect my HD data cable.
They are numbered from 1-4
Does it matter where i connect my master drive?

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11 Jan 2011   #2
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

Master drive where you want the OS would be best in #1. Then if you add second third go to 2 then 3 etc.

Easier for you to remember later and I think less problematic with the PC also.

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11 Jan 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Connect it to the first port if it is the drive with the OS.
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11 Jan 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

No, I don't think it matters, as the SATA controller treats all drives equally. There are no Master/Slave conventions in SATA.

Drive in port 1 may initialize 3 milliseconds faster than drive in port 4, but only if all 4 ports are populated.

But I always plug my boot drive in Port 1!
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11 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Since i keep replacing hd to format them and using them as back up or for some other resaon and when im done i jst plg em anywhere. but i guess ill make sure to leave the master with the OS in on the 1st port!!!
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