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How to I connect my SATA DVD drive to the motherboard?

My DVD drive has a SATA cable (I think) and not the regular IDE cable. There doesn't appear to be any slot to insert the SATA cable into the ASUS 845 mainboard I purchased.

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    Ive got the same problem, because i just bought a DVD with SATA connection but i would like to know if my motherboard ASUS P4P800 SE can support a DVD drvive with Sata connection, Here are the characteristic of my motherborad:
















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  • nathan may Sep 19, 2013

    no both dvd drives have the right cables because i put just one in and it still turned on when i relaized my old HDD was corrupt i put in a new one but unhook some wires and can remember where to re attached certain wires

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Hi Vicrod,

I'll need a better model number than "845" to give you a definitive answer, as ASUS doesn't name their boards that way. I suspect that the board supports the Intel 845 chipset and that's where the 845 comes into play. If you don't have the owner's manual, you'll need to look at the board real close; you'll find the model number stamped on the board. The good news is that if the board was built in the last 3 years or so it should have built-in SATA connectors (at least 2, probably 4 or more). If your DVD doesn't have the IDE cable and instead has a much smaller cable, it is in all likelihood SATA. In the worst case, even if your MB doesn't support SATA, you can buy a SATA PCI card to hook the drive up to for under $30. Finally, you can go to www.asus.com when you get the full model number. From there you can download an owner's manual that will have the SATA ports labeled.

I hope this helps you. If you think it appropriate, a fix-ya rating would be much appreciated.

Bob

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3) If you somehow have been using an IDE {PATA} harddrive, and have it connected to your IDE connector on the motherboard, you SHOULD not use a DVD drive on that flat IDE ribbon cable, also.

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