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Question about NVMe vs. SATA SSD's and SATA ports

So I've got a headless Plex Media/NAS at home. Here's the spec sheet:

  • CPU: Intel Pentium Gold G5500
  • Motherboard: ASRock H370M-ITX/ac
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB
  • SSD: Silicon Power 128GB A55 M.2 SSD
  • Storage: 4x Western Digital Red 4 TB (SnapRaid + MergerFS) 
  • Case: Fractal Design Node 304 
  • Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 550W

Running out of storage so I was looking to get two additional 4TB drives in there.


The motherboard has a total of six SATA ports, as well as an M.2 port. The spec sheet indicates that if the M.2 port is occupied with a SATA-type device, then one of the SATA ports will be disabled. My current M.2 SSD is a SATA device.


My question is, if I replace that with an NVMe drive (which the board does support), will it then allow me to use all six SATA ports?


Sorry for asking here. I've tried reaching out to ASRock themselves numerous times with this question but they are apparently not in the business of replying.

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They wouldn't have specified "occupied with a SATA-type device" if it was "occupied with any type"...

Desktop: i7-5960X 4.4GHz, Noctua NH-D14, ASUS Rampage V, 32GB, RTX3080, 2TB SX8200Pro, 2x16TB Ironwolf RAID0, Corsair HX1200, Thermaltake Overseer RX1, Samsung 4K curved 49" TV, 23" secondary, Mountain Everest Max

Mobile SFF rig: i9-9900K, Noctua NH-L9i, Asrock Z390 Phantom ITX-AC, 32GB, GTX1070, 2x1TB SX8200Pro RAID0, 2x5TB 2.5" HDD RAID0, Athena 500W Flex (Noctua fan), Custom 4.7l 3D printed case


Dell XPS 2 in 1 2019, 32GB, 1TB, 4K


GPD Win 2

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I figured as much but wanted to be sure. Would hate to spend $300+ on equipment to then find out I can't use any of it.

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