How do I more SATA ports on my motherboard?

By wallabing
Jul 10, 2006
  1. Sean

    Sean TS Rookie Posts: 131

    You wouldn't need to set it up, just plug and play.
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,702   +289

    Well, you also would have to install the PCI card driver that comes on the included CD.

    PRELUDiCON TS Rookie Posts: 49

    I have a similar concern...

    MB: p4p800 deluxe
    Currently using both SATA ports.

    Goal is to be able to connect more drives via SATA, both internally and externally (eSATA) ... (2 ext./2 int. would be nice)

    1. Is it as simple as getting a PCI card with above said ports on it?
    What's involved...what's to consider?

    2. Since I'd be getting a new PCI card, could I just get one with SATA-II for higher speeds?

    3. What would be the difference in speed, if any, between SATA through the PCI card and SATA directly on the MB? (I imagine it would get slowed down quite a bit through the PCI BUS, no?)

    4. Should the PCI card also have a port for powering external drives?

    5. Which particular card would be recommended...brand etc..? (links? :blush: )

    All suggestions/opinions welcome.

  4. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    I would say "Plug and Pray" :giddy: :haha:
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