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I don't feel like opening my computer today, but I want to find out what type of hard drives my computer supports (i.e. SATA, SD). Also, are there any free ports on the controller to which I can connect a hard drive? Is there a program that I can run that will tell me this, similar to the crucial memory scanner, but for hard drives?


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Not directly. Use Cpuz to determine your motherboard manufacturer and model number, then use that information to go onto their website to find your motherboard's number of sata and IDE ports.

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I am not sure that this possible in windows 7, but in windows 8 you can simply go to the system information on the control panel, and then go where indicated on the picture.

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Then google the model number to find out the drive type.

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Sometimes you can look at the motherboard and find the hard drive and if there is extra space around it that looks like a hard drive would go there chances are that it will take that other hard drive. I know this works with desktops but I am not sure abut laptops.

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