Just keep in mind that your SATA controller needs to be running in AHCI mode, with appropriate hot-plug capable drivers installed; otherwise the drive will not be recognized until you reboot (and you will also be unable to unplug it while the system is running). Not all SATA controllers/drivers support this.
Also, if you originally installed the OS with the SATA controller set to IDE compatibility mode in the BIOS, you may have problems switching it to AHCI mode since the OS does not have the appropriate drivers installed, which will prevent the OS from booting.
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