I'm looking at refurb PC towers to use as a network drive unit. I plan a small SSD for the operating system, and two 4Gb WD Reds for data storage.
Old refurbished PCs currently on the market like Optiplex 3010, 7010, or HP ElitDesk's, often have three or four total drive bays, but one or two are originally meant to be optical drive bays. For example, the Optiplex 7010 and 3010 Technical Guidebook specs the bays as 2 Optical Bays w/maximum 2 optical drives supported and 2 Internal Hard Drive Bays w/ maximum 2 HDDs supported.
But in all cases, the mobo's have 3 or 4 SATA connectors and its not specified whether they're intended for HDDs or Optical Drives. A SATA port is a SATA port, right? So I expect the answer will be that it makes no difference, you can plug either type of drive into any SATA port and who cares what physical space the unit is in - but best to check first.
Other than the physical attachment - and I see there are caddies available for this - are there any other issues with using an optical bay and its corresponding SATA port for an HDD?