Internal HDD's jumbled up, on SATA ports? Solved

  1.    14 Jul 2018 #1

    Internal HDD's jumbled up, on SATA ports?

    Hi, Ive just taken a look at my hdds in disk management, and everything seems mixed up.

    Im pretty sure c:\ (windows) is on sata 0, but here its disk 2? is it important that its disk 0? am i doing something wrong?

    also, i just plugged an external hdd in, and it became d:\ (disk 0). i already had an internal drive that was d:\, and now its gone. how do i get it back?

    I would like disk 0 to be windows, and disk 1 (d:\) to be my blu ray writeable drive.

    any advice? thanks
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails hdds.JPG  
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2. Barman58's Avatar
    Posts : 2,809
    Windows 10 Pro x64 1809 - 17763.134 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       14 Jul 2018 #2

    If you physically check your Motherboard SATA ports each one should have a number assigned, which would normally match the number you see on your image as the Drive Number.

    It's a simple (or should be ), open the case of a desktop and connect the SATA cables in such a way to allocate the drive numbers in any way you wish, will it make a difference, probably not, but as the BIOS is likely to poll the Sata Ports in Order, Most users take the time to order the cables, as it can help ID a drive to check it's physical connection if it stops working, (and we're all a bit OCD )
    The system BIOS screen may show the drive connections if you wish to check that the system agrees with windows

    Drive letters are actually assigned to partitions rather than drives ( a partition can cover a complete drive), and can be changed from the screen you show - obviously if you wish to allocate a letter that is already in use you need to either assign another letter or unassign the existing letter as you cannot have two partitions with the same letter

    As for the assigning of disk 2 to a removable drive this may not always be possible due to historical reasons which tend to require removable drives to have their own SATA ports on the M/B, but it should be worth a try
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    14 Jul 2018 #3

    thanks,i think i understand. Can i simply reorganise the drive letters in disk management as i see fit?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4. Barman58's Avatar
    Posts : 2,809
    Windows 10 Pro x64 1809 - 17763.134 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       14 Jul 2018 #4

    Drive letters can be assigned as you wish, drive numbers are set by the physical location of the connections on the motherboard,

    When assigning Drive letters lets say that you wished to assign the D: drive to to a partition, you would need to first assign the current D drive to say Z, and then the new drive to D
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    14 Jul 2018 #5

    ok guys i worked it out, thanks!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


Related Threads
Hello All, I have a Asus ROG STRIX B350-F and I have been trying to plug a hard drive into what I believe are Sata Ports 3 or 6 and while it seems the drive shows up in the bios. It does not show up in Windows 10. This is the amd ryzen version...
I have a DIY box with an Asus P5K-E mobo that provides SATA II ports. I upgraded to a pair of Samsung 850 EVO ssds and naturally got a great speed boost. Now I am getting greedy and thinking about doubling my gains with a SATA III controller card....
Hello folks, I cloned my C drive and updated to windows 10 a week ago. Yesterday SATA ports 2 and 3 stopped working (on MOBO gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP). I think it is a windows 10 problem because I have: swapped my drives between SATA ports....
Hi, My motherboard is: GIGABYTE p55a-ud3p As you can see below, Windows 10 detected all 4 HDDs: 76043 And they are enabled in the BIOS (I think?): 760457604676047
I built my Intel i5 PC in 2010. The mobo is the Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 "Ultra Durable"... After recently upgrading to Windows 10, I attempted to upgrade my RAM from 4 to 8 GB. My mobo did not recognize the two available RAM slots. I decided...
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:28.
Find Us