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idata
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What is the purpose of internal SATA port NUC713BNK?

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I'm using the M.2 port for my boot drive and everything is going fine. However I know there is an additional SATA port on the board - but I'm not sure what it can be used for? I didn't try it, but I don't think I would fit an 2.5" SSD inside the case. There was no mention of the SATA port in the User Guide, only in the Technical Product Specification.

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n_scott_pearson
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The same board, the NUC7i3BNB, is used in both the NUC7i3BNK and NUC7i3BNH products. The SATA port is there to support the 2.5" SATA Drive Bay that is included in the NUC7i3BNH product. In the NUC7i3BNK, there is no real way to make use of this SATA port as there is no room for the drive in the chassis. I have heard of the odd customer who has used cables to bring the SATA port outside of the box, but it required chassis modifications (hacking) to route these cables outside the box and this sort of defeats the purpose for choosing the smaller chassis size. Another route is a custom chassis. Akasa, for example, makes fanless chassis that can take the NUC7i3BNB board and have room to include both a M.2 SSD and a 2.5" SATA SSD/HDD/SSHD within the chassis. They actually have three chassis models that can take the NUC7i3BNB board, the http://www.akasa.com.tw/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Fanless%20Chassis&type... Akasa Plato X7, the http://www.akasa.com.tw/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Fanless%20Chassis&type... Akasa Newton S7 and the http://www.akasa.com.tw/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Fanless%20Chassis&type... Akasa Pascal MD.

Hope this helps,

...S

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n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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The same board, the NUC7i3BNB, is used in both the NUC7i3BNK and NUC7i3BNH products. The SATA port is there to support the 2.5" SATA Drive Bay that is included in the NUC7i3BNH product. In the NUC7i3BNK, there is no real way to make use of this SATA port as there is no room for the drive in the chassis. I have heard of the odd customer who has used cables to bring the SATA port outside of the box, but it required chassis modifications (hacking) to route these cables outside the box and this sort of defeats the purpose for choosing the smaller chassis size. Another route is a custom chassis. Akasa, for example, makes fanless chassis that can take the NUC7i3BNB board and have room to include both a M.2 SSD and a 2.5" SATA SSD/HDD/SSHD within the chassis. They actually have three chassis models that can take the NUC7i3BNB board, the http://www.akasa.com.tw/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Fanless%20Chassis&type... Akasa Plato X7, the http://www.akasa.com.tw/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Fanless%20Chassis&type... Akasa Newton S7 and the http://www.akasa.com.tw/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Fanless%20Chassis&type... Akasa Pascal MD.

Hope this helps,

...S

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idata
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Very informative, thank you for satisfying my curiosity.

I think I will wait until my warranty expires before I start hacking the case (if at all). I have enough drives connected by USB already.