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Will changing SATA port on motherboard change drive letter?

natedog55902 118 22 November 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM
I tried Googling this, but came up with nothing. My current setup is a 128 GB SSD for the OS and a 1.5 TB HDD for storage. I am thinking about adding a 256 GB SSD for games and other programs. My motherboard has 2 SATA III ports that my current SSD and the HDD are plugged into. I also have three open SATA II ports. (one is taken up by the optical drive) I would think it would be best to move the HDD to a SATA II port and connect the new SSD to the SATA III port, but I don't know if this will change the drive letter of the HDD. I have several programs set up so they store stuff on the HDD and it is also the location of My Documents, My Pictures, etc, and changing the drive letter would mess up the paths these programs use.

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Even if it does, you should still be able to use Disk Management to assign the desired drive letter.
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Move the current ones to where you want them and let windows load up. Then shut down and add the 3rd drive.
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As Frogstar mentioned, you can change the letter of any drive from Disk Management, so no worries.
Connect all your drives where it best suits you, then if any of the letters have changed, change them back.
it's truly a 1 minute job.
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I agree w/ frog and rocky.
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