That’s a lot of bits and bytes

What is the total number of devices that can be connected to a motherboard’s SATA interface?

A) 1

B) 2

C) 7

D) 16

E) 64, including the controller

F) At this point, I’ll need another laptop just for my laptop storage

The answer: A) 1

The SATA standard associates a single interface to a single device. Unlike PATA, SCSI, or FireWire, you can’t daisy-chain many SATA devices together to a single interface.

Want to know more? Watch “Understanding SATA.”

Most modern desktop and laptop computers use SATA interfaces to connect to hard drive storage devices. In this video, you’ll learn about the SATA standard and how to properly configure and connect SATA drives.