View Full Version : Question: Newbie seeks advice about SATA port

01-03-2010, 04:13 PM
I need to buy a replacement internal DVD burner. The old one was an IDE connection (and my hard drive is an IDE connection too).

I have four SATA ports on my motherboard which I have never used.

If I purchase a SATA DVD burner and connect it up to a SATA port, will the PC recognise the new DVD on the SATA port automatically, or will I need to install drivers for it?

Speedy Gonzales
01-03-2010, 04:14 PM
Should detect it automatically, if its in the right port

01-03-2010, 04:46 PM
Another point. Make sure you have a sata power plug on your power cables first or you will also have to buy an adapter.

01-03-2010, 04:53 PM
Thanks guys for the quick replies - very helpful. The motherboard came with SATA power adapters and SATA signal cables which I have not previously needed to use, so I'm sure it will be OK. Regards, cpg

Speedy Gonzales
01-03-2010, 05:05 PM
Cool. If one port doesnt work, try another. On some mobos, different ports are for different SATA devices (ie: One maybe for the hdds only the other's for dvd's/cd's)

01-03-2010, 07:24 PM
Also if it doesn't work check that Sata is enabled in the bios.

02-03-2010, 08:02 AM
If that doesn't work, make sure you have your SATA drivers installed...