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SATA Configuration I was wondering if I can run 6 hard drives with this motherboard. 2 in a raid 0 using the NVIDIA connectors and 4 drives in a raid 5 array using the Silicon Image chipset.

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They are independent sata configurations so you should be able to. Sounds like fun. Good luck.

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Connections to the hard drive


The Harddrive is a SATA unit.

Uses a SATA data cable, and a SATA power cable.

SATA data cable, and connector on motherboard, example;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_ports.jpg

Between the SATA data cable connector, and the SATA power cable connector; the SATA data cable connector is the shorter of the two in width.
SATA data cable connector has 7-pins.
SATA power cable connector has 15-pins.

The connector end used on the harddrive side, and optical drive side, (CD/DVD drive), is usually a 90 degree Bent Elbow.
The connector end that plugs into the motherboard, is a Straight connector.

NOTE* Color of connectors does NOT matter.
Most of the time the SATA data connectors on the motherboard, are different colors.

This is to help discern what number of SATA data connector it is.
Four SATA data connectors on the motherboard?

SATA 1, SATA 2, SATA 3, and SATA 4;
Or:
SATA 0, SATA 1, SATA 2, and SATA 3?

SATA 0, or SATA 1, is usually reserved for the Harddrive.
The Primary harddrive with the Operating System on it.
(Unless you have harddrives set in a RAID configuration)

DOES NOT MATTER WHAT SATA DATA CONNECTOR, you plug into, on the motherboard.

Want to plug the harddrive into SATA 3, or SATA 4?
Go ahead.
NO matter what SATA connector on the motherboard that you plug into, BIOS will find the harddrive.

Note the L-shape in the connector.
Has to line up on the L-shape on the harddrive, optical drive, or motherboard, SATA data connector.

There is usually a lock on the connector. This you may not see.
Sometimes there is a little 'bump' on the connector. Depress with the thumbnail to install the cable, or remove.

This is an example of a SATA power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

NOTE*
IF, your SATA harddrive has a provision for plugging in a SATA power cable, AND a 4-pin Peripheral power cable; ONLY plug the SATA power cable in.

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

Using BOTH types of power cables will BURN the harddrive up.
May not happen right away, but I assure you it will happen.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA

Dec 10, 2012 | Acer Aspire X1 AX1470-UR11P Desktop PC...

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Problem Using Windows Install Disc with RAID? Some Tips:


After going through some issues installing Windows onto a RAID partition using this Motherboard, I found some things that were helpful.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">#1 Install hangs, or I get an error after Installing RAID Driver.</span> Nowhere in the manual does it tell you this (or at least I didn't see it) but when you install the RAID driver during the windows install, the Motherboard automatically sets SATA connectors 1, 2, 3, and 4 to be RAID. That means if the DVD/CD Rom you are using is plugged in to any of those connections, the minute you install the RAID Driver, the Optical Drive will no longer work. You have to use SATA 5 connector on the motherboard for your optical drive<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">#2 Multiple Optical Drives with RAID</span>. Because of the issue in #1, there is really only 1 internal SATA Port you can plug an Optical drive into when you have RAID configured. There are some solutions if you want more than 1 Optical Drive alongside your RAID configurations. <br /><br />You can use the ESATA port on the back of the Motherboard with an extra-long SATA cable. If your case has grommets on the back for water-cooling lines, you can run the cable through there, or just in an unused PCI slot on the back.<br /><br />You can use an old-school PATA DVDrom. If you are installing 2 Optical drives, and one is a DVD burner or reader, you could get a PATA DVD Burner or reader instead. This Motherboard does have a good old fashioned ribbon connection, so it's possible. Typically DVDs or CDs don't move enough data to see a difference between PATA and SATA, but when you start getting into any DVD reading/Writing above 8X or so, you will be throttled.<br /><br />Get a PCIe controller card. I think of this as the last resort for this board because of it's possibility with graphics cards. Hooking up anything unnecessary to any of the PCI slots would be defeating the purpose of having 2 full 16X PCIe slots. You might be able to squeeze one in on one of the 1X connections, or maybe the bottom full slot, but it could get cramped if you have 2 or more Video cards.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">#3 Windows Installation Issues. DVD Drive Stops Reading during install.</span> I had this issue even after finding out my issue from tip #1. I found that some windows install discs mixed with some manufacturer's DVD drives don't get along well. It would start the installation OK, and get most of the way through it, then it would hang and throw up an error. It seems that during Installation, the SATA DVD drive decides that doesn't like the generic drivers anymore, and just stops working. I fixed this by pulling a PATA DVD drive out of an older PC to use until Windows was fully installed. Once Windows was installed, I pulled that drive back out, and Installed my SATA DVD drive, and Windows installed the drivers with no problems.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">#4 RAID Performance. </span>I'm not too sure that I'm getting the best performance from this RAID-0 configuration. I'm running 2 WD Caviar Black 500GB HDDs. My Windows Experience score for the drives is still 5.9. Perhaps the RAID configuration would work better with some faster drives, like Samsung drives, or WD Velociraptors... But I'm unsure.<br />

on Apr 03, 2011 | ASUS M4A79T Deluxe ( M4A79T DLX MB PHENOM...

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DID this HDD (Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive) can atach in ASUS K8U-X, Thank you, Nikola



ASUS K8U-X - motherboard - ATX - Socket 754 - ALi M1689

1.0 x PCI - Socket 754,
2.0 x Processor - DIMM 184-pin,
4.0 x AGP 8x,
1.0 x Memory

  • Storage Interfaces ATA-133 - connector(s): 2 x 7pin Serial ATA - RAID 0 / RAID 1 / JBOD,
    Serial ATA-150 - connector(s): 2 x 40pin IDC
  • Interfaces 1.0 x Keyboard - Floppy interface - RJ-45,
    1.0 x Hi-Speed USB - SPDIF output - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style),
    4.0 x Network - Generic - 34 pin IDC,
    1.0 x Audio - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25),
    1.0 x Audio - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9),
    1.0 x Parallel - Generic - 4 pin USB Type A,
    1.0 x Serial - RS-232 - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style),
    1.0 x Storage,
    Mouse
  • Power Connectors 20-pin main power connector,
    4-pin ATX12V connector
  • as long as the PSU and motherboards power and lead connections are the same as the hard drive

    hope this helps

    May 10, 2011 | ASUS K8U-X Motherboard

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    Suggest Hard drive for ASUS K8N Motherboard


    ASUS K8N Motherboard support: -
    2 x Serial ATA cables - 2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33
    1 x 2-port SATA power cables - 2 x Serial ATA, support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, JBOD

    Your mainboard support both "IDE & SATA" interface, so you can use IDE or SATA Hard Drives.

    Hope it helps.


    Nov 14, 2010 | ASUS Computers & Internet

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    Enable RAID system


    use this guide, this is fo the embedded sata raid controller that comes standar with the ml150 g5.

    Enabling SATA RAID functionality in the BIOS Setup Utility: 1.Boot the server, and then press F10 to enter the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).
    2.Go to the advanced tab.
    3.Enter the IDE configuration or hard disk configuration.
    4.Change the ATA/IDE configuration to enhanced or SATA controller 2 enhanced (if not available then use enabled mode).
    5.Configure SATA as RAID or configure controller 1 as RAID.
    6.F10 to save and exit.
    7.Reboot the server.
    8.During post f8 will now show up for the embedded SATA set up.
    •Creating the RAID volume.
    1.Enter the embedded SATA setup by pressing f8 during post.
    2.Enter the array configuration utility.
    3.Enter create array.
    4.Create the raid volume as desired.
    5.Save and exit.

    i hope it helps you!!!

    Aug 11, 2010 | HP ProLiant ML150 G5 Server

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    1 TB HD of Samsng is not recognized


    some motherboards and processors are compatiable with certain hd's only. Here is a list:

    Pentium: 2GB through 5GB
    Pentium 2:5GB through 20GB
    Pentium 3: 20GB through 40GB
    Pentium 4: 40GB through 500GB
    Pentium D: 40GB through 1TB
    Celeron: 2GB through 500GB
    All AMD's: 300MB to whatever.

    so, that's probably your problem. I suggest

    Jun 05, 2008 | Asrock K7VT4A-Pro Motherboard

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    HOW TO CONFIGURE RAID


    I needed to see your board & can at this site. http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Products/ProductsDetail.aspx?detailid=493&DetailName=Manual&MenuID=1&LanID=0

    This is good for you as well. It shows me & you that your board can handel 4 each DMA/ATA-133 (Ultra) IDE Hard drives/ CD/DVD drives IDE-1Primary & IDE-2 Primary Slave. Each can run 2 IDE drives. Also 4 each Serial ATA SATA's. Two separate SATA controllers with integrated PHYs, each supporting two
    drives in master mode. In your manual on pg.32 & 33 will help you to setup a RAID if you wish. Or you can also set the RAID to IDE which will allow you to use all your SATA hard disks as a single drive without setting up a RAID system. The site above supplies all your drivers needed & manual. If you need more help please let me know here.
    Luck!
    Please vote......

    Jan 13, 2008 | EliteGroup NFORCE4-A939 (NFORCE4A93910)...

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    Motherboard


    Most of the new systems and motherboards support SATA connectors onboard. In your case there is none as you have found. So the best option is always upgrading to a new motherboard in case you need to add more SATA drives. You can also try to find SATA add-on cards, may a little costly types. These cards use PCI interface and very easy to install but hard to find one. I hpoe you could find one from a hardware store near you. If your motherboard has ordinary PCI slots then the SATA adpter will be less costly, otherwise (if it features a PCI-X slot) it will be costly. Following is a simple description on what the market has to offer: SATA II - 150 4Ports PCI-X with NCQ, Raid 0+1, Raid 0 and Raid 1 ! You can upgrade your desktop computer to have four Channels Serial ATA Generation 1 and Generation 2 transfer rate of 1.5 Gbps. The board provides a 64bit, 133 MHz PCI interface on the host side and four, fully compliant Serial ATA ports on the device side to access Serial ATA storage devices such as hard disk drive, ZIP drive, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM. Note: Fault tolerance: RAID 0 (Striping), RAID 1 (Mirroring), RAID 0+1 (mirrored-stripping) and RAID 1+S (Mirrored-Sparing) improve the data performance and provide the data redundancy and rebuilding.

    Oct 09, 2007 | HP Pavilion 513n (P9850A#ABA) PC Desktop

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    Motherboard does not have a SATA configuration on bios setup


    use third party raid driver.use floppy drive for installation third party raid driver.

    Sep 08, 2007 | Asrock P4VM8 Motherboard

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