Re-connecting drives to SATA ports RRS feed

  • Question

  • When adding a new hard drive to the pool I have to remove drive cage to install the drive.  This requires that I disconnect all drives in the cage.

    When reconnecting the drives I have been very careful to connect each drive back to the SATA connector on the mainboard to which it was orginally connected.  My question is whether this is necessary.  It's kind of a pain with six connectors to get them connected back in the original order.  And I didn't think ahead to connect them up originaly in a systematic order, so it's kind of random.

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010 6:50 PM


  • Especially the system drive needs to be connected to it's original port.
    All the other drives should be detected on other ports as well, as long as the controller is not changed (i.e. swapping from SATA to USB or a RAID controller) and behaves strange. But if you want to be very carefull, you could take a writer which allows to write numbers to the ends of the cable and write down the port numbers there and on the disk.
    Best greetings from Germany
    • Marked as answer by fje000 Wednesday, March 17, 2010 11:27 PM
    Wednesday, March 17, 2010 7:58 PM