Can I switch my sata cable from my dvd to a hard drive?


  1. Posts : 289
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
       #1

    Can I switch my sata cable from my dvd to a hard drive?


    My computer has 2nd bay for a hard drive, but only two sata connections on the MB, and one goes to a dvd drive. I rarely ever use the dvd drive and would rather put another hard drive in for storage and backup.

    Would the computer automatically see and utilize the 2nd hard drive, or is it not that simple, and could I damage the MB?
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  2. Posts : 7,128
    Windows 10 Pro Insider
       #2

    Yes you can use the cable from your DVD drive for a HDD.
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  3. Posts : 12,475
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #3

    Only caveat is the cable to the ODD may not support the full data transfer speed of the HDD. ODDs are somewhat slower in that respect but for storage that may not be a big issue.
    Interesting read:
    Solved: Is the colour of SATA cables significant? - Dell Community
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  4. Posts : 17,364
    Windows 11 Pro
       #4

    Berton said:
    Only caveat is the cable to the ODD may not support the full data transfer speed of the HDD. ODDs are somewhat slower in that respect but for storage that may not be a big issue.
    Interesting read:
    Solved: Is the colour of SATA cables significant? - Dell Community
    The article you linked to states that the color of the SATA cable means nothing. "Technically speaking, there is no difference and doesn't matter what color they are. The functionality remains the same for all of them."

    This article confirms that a SATA cable is a SATA cable is a SATA cable:
    SATA 3Gb/s vs. 6Gb/s Cable Performance (Revisited)
    "Our results confirm that despite the faster hardware available today, there is still no performance difference between SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 6Gb/s cables."
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  5. Posts : 289
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Wow, that was easy, nothing shorted out, I didn't even have to do a complete reinstall. :)
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