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How to determine the SATA port revision?

I saw this product advertised at various places on the internet; it's a 2.5" HDD caddy to replace the optical drive in laptops. My question is, how to find out if the DVD drive has a SATA II or III ...
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Where is the internal DVD/CD-ROM drive with USB connector (not SATA)?

I wonder why internal optical drives are equipped with a SATA interface. Why not USB 2.0 or 3.0 instead? USB provides a transfer rate high enough and using USB to connect an optical drive would save ...
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MacBook Pro: More Than One SSD in Optical Drive Bay?

Would it be possible to slot more than one drive into a MacBook Pro's optical drive bay? Obviously, no such product yet exists. (Would love to know if I'm wrong!) But when looking at ...
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Do PCI-E SATA RAID controllers work with DVD/Blu-ray drives?

I'm building a new PC in an old case. The motherboard is slightly oversize and I can't access most of the onboard SATA ports, so I want to attach my two optical drives to an expansion card. All the ...
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use a SATA to USB cable with MacBook Pro optical drive?

Is there something fundamentally different about hard drives and optical drives regarding how they communicate with the computer? I ordered a SATA to USB adapter from Monoprice and I want to know ...
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DVD drive not recognized

I'm in the midst of building a computer (first time builder) I got everything plugged in, and hit the power button. After the excitement of the first boot coming up on my screen, I was looking ...
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SATA-II motherboard and drives but only connected at SATA-I

I have an Abit AB9 QuadGT motherboard which has a SATA-II controller. Connected to it I have a Kingston SSDNow V Series 64GB as boot drive and a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 as a data drive. I also ...
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What type of SATA cable should I buy?

I've bought a new optical drive. It's a Samsung SH-S223C with SATA connection (see the below image). Since it is OEM with no box, no cable came with it, so I need two cables now. Since I have an extra ...
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Difference between IDE and SATA DVD writers

What is the difference between IDE and SATA type DVD writers? My motherboard supports both. Which one do you recommend?