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Hi...I have a NFORCE4-A939 motherbooard. I have 4 hard disk drives installed.....3 of which are SATA drives,...and one DVD Burner. Problem is I cannot get to see all the drives in my computer. Someone told me that the board can only take 2 SATA drives unless RAID is configured. How do I configure RAID on the board ?
I want to run one of the drives on I can connect another EIDE DVD Drive.
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I needed to see your board & can at this site.

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.
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Hi whistler1410, you need to enter your bios menu. Press the delete key every couple of seconds to load the bios menu.

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