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Matching Drive Letter With Physical Drive


I know there must be a simple way of doing this. I have 5 sata drives on my windows 7 system. The boot drive (c:) and another drive (e:) are 150 gb wd raptors. The two raptors are connected to the mobo's sata1 and sata4. But how can i tell whether the c: drive is on either sata1 or sata4? All in can see in the device manager is the drive s/ns. In disk management, all i can see are the drive letters and the drive type, but not the s/n. I know that i could power down, unplug one of the drives from the mobo and see what happens when i reboot, but i was wondering if there was some way to find out from the os.

The only other way i decided that it might be possible to find out is to use the bios to examine the s/ns and try booting from each drive using the bios and see what happens.


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