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How do i use this external SATA input?

What is this and how do I use this? Do I need software to make it work or can I just plug it in?
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I just don't know what it is or how to use it.
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artismobile

8/22/2022 - Mon
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I don't know where I got this. Does this allow me to connect an external drive to my computer?
Gary Case

As noted, it's simply a backplane plate that lets you connect SATA drives externally.   You plug the two SATA connectors in to internal SATA ports; and connect the power adapter to your power supply.     The system that this came with should have also come with a couple of external cables to use with it.    You can either use it to connect to an eSATA enclosure (in which case you generally won't need the power connection;  or you can directly connect a bare drive externally [handy for testing new drives or temporarily connecting one for backups].

I suspect that 90+ % of these adapters that ship with motherboards are simply never used (or even installed).
Darr247

The SATA controller you plug those cables into need to be set to AHCI mode, too... otherwise when you plug in a drive to that bracket it won't be recognized without rebooting.
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Ok, got it. Not needed but its good I know what it is now!