What are SATA Ports Used For?

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If you are new to PC building and all the technical jargon involved, one of the first questions you may ask is what SATA ports are used for and what components use them. Well, SATA ports are used to connect storage devices to your PC. The hard disk drives, optical drives, and SATA SSDs connect …

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What Does SATA Cable Look Like?

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SATA is one of two primary interfaces through which you connect critical components to your PC (the other one being PCIe). It is used by storage drives including hard disk drives, optical CD/DVD drives, as well as SATA Solid State Drives. When you are new to building PC or adding a component, things can get …

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What Does a SATA Port Look Like?

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As the primary interface for connecting hard drives, it is hard to miss out on SATA ports on a motherboard. A SATA port is a small port measuring about 1.5 cm x 0.4 cm in dimensions with precise notches and a highly recognizable L-shaped seven-pin connector.   The notches, edges, and shape of the SATA port …

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How Many SATA Cables Do I Need?

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If you have one CD ROM drive and one hard disk, then essentially you will need two SATA Data cables and two SATA Power cables. One set of cables per drive.  Basically, each SATA drive requires a SATA Data cable and a SATA Power cable to operate. The SATA cables are provided with the motherboard …

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How to Add More SATA Ports to Motherboard?

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You can add more SATA ports to your motherboard using a SATA Expansion Card (SATA Port Multiplier). It is a PCIe device that connects to a PCIe slot on your motherboard and may feature multiple SATA connectors for attaching your storage devices. A modern motherboard has multiple SATA ports that connect hard disk drives, solid-state …

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How Many SATA Ports Do You Need?

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The amount of SATA ports you need will depend on how many storage drives you plan to connect to your PC. Each drive connects to a single SATA port. Two SATA ports are generally reasonably sufficient for a basic build. However, If you need to connect more hard drives, you will need more SATA ports. …

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Does it Matter Which SATA Port You Use?

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Yes, it does matter which SATA port you use. However, it also largely depends on the motherboard model and the SATA port version it features. For instance, if you have a recent motherboard model with all the ports being SATA 3, you can use any port to connect your SATA 3 drive. On the other …

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How Many SATA Ports Do I Have?

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The actual number will depend on the board itself. An average motherboard has about 4-8 SATA ports. Things such as motherboard size and chipset matter here. Currently, the number of SATA ports on motherboards ranges from 0 – 13. But again, a high number of SATA ports are only found in expensive and specialized boards …

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