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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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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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    Want to run both Raid 5 (4 drives) and a single SATA boot drive


    Download the latest beta BIOS 1238. I had the same problem when adding a Samsung 1TB HDD to my RAID config. Updating to BIOS v1238 solved the Intel RAID Matrix "hanging" instantly.

    You can't download it through the official Asus support page yet, but there's a topic in the Asus support forum with a link. You could also call Asus support and request the file, or just download it here: http://rapidshare.com/files/186891601/P5B-Deluxe_1238.rar :)

    Feb 07, 2009 | ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Motherboard

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    Sata raid config


    first check your bios & see what raid chips are enabled,usually there's 2. Your main raid is on the first 4 sata connectors, the other chipset probably controlls the remaining sata ports. So if there's an option to disable one raid chip,disable one,just not the one that you're using. I don't know what your bios screen looks like,so this is just a general view based on my experences with various boards,mainly asus.

    Jul 13, 2008 | Abit AW9D-MAX Motherboard

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    Raid sys on p5k/epu


    You are correct. The Asus P5K does support SATA RAID configuration. Page 4-14 in the user manual.
    Congifuration [Enhanced]. Only real option is IDE. That does not mean the SATA drives will run like an IDE. The SATA's will function faster. In order to get RAID function you would need to have bought the Asus P5K Deluxe. http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?modelname=P5K%20Deluxe/WiFi-AP&SLanguage=en-us

    Mike

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

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    Raid none define


    Try getting into your BIOS (usually F2 key at first screen, could also be F10 or Del) and check if your hard drive is in RAID or IDE mode. SATA drives can be run in either. Although it is somewhat odd that a simple mem upgrade could case a raid problem.

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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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