How many SATA drives can you use?

Your new motherboard comes with four SATA ports. What is the maximum number of SATA devices that it can support?

A) Two at any time, using any of the four interfaces

B) Four devices

C) Eight devices

D) The maximum number of devices will be dependent on the SATA speeds of the devices

E) Get a soldering iron, some baling wire, and a mess of frozen peas and you can squeeze quite a few of those in there.

The answer: B) Four devices

Unlike PATA (which can support two devices on each interface), SATA connections can only support a single device.

Want to know more? Watch “PATA and SATA.”

The PATA and SATA standards are the most common hard drive interface types that you’ll find in today’s personal computers. In this video, you’ll learn about the details of these popular hard drive technologies and the basics of cabling and connecting the drives to your computer.