where to plug a sata cable for an ssd


i have a wd 1tb blue heard drive installed in my computer and have been thinking of getting an ssd. I dont want to upgrade i want both a hard drive and an ssd on my pc. Since i am not familiar with sata ports i just saw the one my hard drive was plugged into and noticed a free spot next to it. it is coming out of the side of my motherboard and judging by my hard drives cable saying "6g" in it i think its SATA III. i dont know if the port is also SATA III and if it will work if i plug my SATA cable into the slot. or if i should plug it into the slots below it.

my motherboard is an: MSI B250M Bazooka



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Or you can get an M.2 Sata SSD or you can use NVME SSD and put in the motherboard. The NVME is much faster but costs more also. This is what it said about it your board.

(• Intel® B250 Chipset
• 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
• 1 x M.2 slot (Key M)*
- Supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s
- Supports 2242/ 2260 /2280 storage devices
- Intel® Optane ™ Memory Ready
* The SATA1 port will be unavailable when an M.2 SATA SSD module has been installed in the M.2 slot).


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I'd totally roll a nvme drive if you were going to install the os on the ssd and use the mechanical drive as bulk storage, which is what you should be considering.

There's also m.2 sata drives that have a lower sata transfer rate but are less expensive.

Otherwise sata ssd are the same as normal hard drives from a connector and cabling perspective


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I'd totally roll a nvme drive if you were going to install the os on the ssd
If it's a 660p at a reasonable price or a deal on an NVMe drive, sure; but the premium NVMe typically carries isn't justifiable for the vast majority of users, in my view.