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Windows 7: Opinions please for HDD connections to mobo

15 May 2015   #1
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)
Opinions please for HDD connections to mobo

I just put a Sandisk Extreme Pro SSD in my wife's laptop, the worst of that being I DON"T HAVE ONE .
I have 5 SATA connections on my MoBo and all are presently used with 3 spinners and 2 optical drives.
My thought is to move one or both of the optical drives to the IDE header, to free up a SATA cable for the SSD that I need, want, have to have.
Any forseen problems with this ?


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15 May 2015   #2

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

The first problem would be if the optical drives only have SATA ports. You can add a SATA to IDE converter cable to the mix, but that could complicate things.

After figuring out how to connect the optical drive to the IDE header there should be no problem using the drives. Optical drives are way too slow for SATA anyway.

The only other problem I recall is that you could have problems getting the optical drive to boot first in that configuration. If this was the case you could easily work around by using the Boot Menu (this is on systems where you can press a key at boot to get a list of drives that you can boot from) when you needed to boot from the optical drive.
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15 May 2015   #3

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

If you have any PCI slots available in your system you could add a card with more SATA ports.

If any of your hdds are smaller, you might consider getting a larger drive that would let you consolidate 2 drives into 1 which would free up a SATA port.

Another alternative is to eliminate one of the optical drives. Not sure how often you use 2 optical drives, most systems only have a single optical drive and many newer systems don't have any.
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15 May 2015   #4
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)

Thank you both for the confirmation. I know that at least one drive can go to IDE. As for boot I have always left the HDD first and used selective boot depending on DVD, or a really great do it all set up on a YUMI stick.
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15 May 2015   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering one View Post
... or a really great do it all set up on a YUMI stick.

YUMI Multiboot USB sure is a great tool.
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15 May 2015   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

I would just loose an optical drive, I used to use 2 in the past, but there`s no real reason to have 2 anymore :)

But if you can just switch one to ide, just do that and you`ll loose nothing but some speed.
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