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SATA II or SATA II via PCIe Controller Card

Q: SATA II or SATA II via PCIe Controller Card

Hello. Got a question and I do not know the answer nor can I find it.

The mainboard on my setup is a BIOSTAR TA790GX128M. I currently have 4GB DDR PC6400 memory (2 sets of 2X1GB Matched Sets) that I am upgrading to 8GB of DDR PC6400 memory (2 sets of 2X2GB Matched Sets) as I am getting ready to install Win 7 Pro 64 bit and I wanted the extra memory. This board has 6 SATA II slots limited to 3Gb/s. As I have an external drive that I use for storage (1TB and it is almost full with my .wav music files from my digitized LP's), I got a Speed Dragon PCI Express Combo Card so that I can use eSATA function on the drive instead of USB to connect to the computer (eSATA being faster than USB V2.0). The card says the PCIe is limited to 2.5Gb/s but I have read where the SATA II ports, even though listed as 3Gb/s, operate at a much lesser speed.

I know I need to upgrade my mainboard/cpu/memory to current standards, but I can't do that right now. It will be about a year before I can upgrade the MB/CPU/Mem.

This controller card is in the PCIe slot (one of 2 - PCI Express Gen 2 X 1) and not only does it have the eSATA port but there is also a SATA II port on it as well.

I am getting a SSD that is SATA III (Samsung EVO) for the new OS and am wondering if I should hook it up to the SATA II port on the PCIe controller card to use the PCIe slot instead of hooking the SSD to one of the 6 SATA II ports on the mainboard. Four of the 6 ports are already in use (2TB HDD, 2TB HHD, 350GB HHD, and my Pioneer BD-R BDXL Blu Ray Read/Write). I know that I will never be able to take full advantage of the EVO unless I upgrade, but that will come in time.

So the question is will I get better performance putting the EVO SSD on the controller card or one of the mainboard SATA II ports? Either way, I realize that I will be limited to SATA II speeds but what would be the best option to use?

I guess that I can try both ways to see what will give me the fastest R/W speeds but if I do this, what is a good freeware program that I can use to measure the capabilities of the SATA II ports vs the SATA II port on the PCIe card?

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TA790GX 128M Rev 5.3
CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 545 Processor ~ 3.0Ghz
Memory: 4 X 1GB Corsair XMS 2 (will be upgraded to 8GB GSK F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ 2X2X2GB)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200/64 SATA 6.0 SATA slot 1
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200/64 SATA 6.0 SATA slot 2
Seagate Barracuda 300GB 7200/32 SATA 3.0 SATA slot 3
SAMSUNG MZ-7TE250BW 840 EVO 250GB SATA 6.0 slot ?????
FDD (can you believe it????)
Graphics: NVIDIA (Foxconn) GeForce 7950 GT
CD/ROM: Pioneer BD-R Blu Ray SATA slot 5
Light Scribe DVD IDE Primary
Other: E-SATA to SATA controller card for an external Hitachi FD 1TB HDD
M Audio Audiophile 24/96 Rev A2 (currently removed for installation of Win 7)

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A: SATA II or SATA II via PCIe Controller Card

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I own a HP xw6600 workstation with two E5450 Xeon Quad Cores and 32 GB of - Quad Channel memory installed an one Samsung 850 Pro SSD as my main OS drive together with an WD Re 2 TB HDD. Investing in a original Adaptec or LSI SAS controller card is perhaps a bit too much for a almost 6 year old workstation. There for I am considering to buy a SATA III - PCIe controller card with two SATA connectors and two mSATA connectors instead.Has anyone here tried that before and if so how did that workout for you ?  

A:non LSI or Adaptec PCIe SATA-3 controller card in xw6600 for...

Have not tried exactly that, but have put in the HP Texas Instruments USB 3.0 "2x2" PCIe card and it is working great.   The thing to know about the xw6600 is that it has two PCIe Generation II slots, which can run up to 5Mbps.  Those are the two video slots, and the other PCIe slots are Gen I.  It is not until you get to the Z620 that you get Gen III (10 Mbps) slots showing up. So, place the card you choose into the second (lower) video slot for fastest access to the PCIe bus.   Personally, I've moved away from SAS, and don't see big differences in user experience between SATA II and III.  So, for me the use of USB 3.0 with 5 Mbps speeds was the thing I really benefited from.  And, I was surprised to find that my chosen (fast) USB 3.0 thumb drive actually is significantly faster than my older USB 2 thumb drives even when plugged into HP USB 2.0 ports.  Connected to that HP USB 3 card it is amazingly fast.  I've posted on that card and how I use an Akasa front 3.5" form factor interface to get 2 of the 4 total USB3 ports up front where the floppy used to live.  Very nice clean install.

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I Can't Install a sata hard disk with a PCI sata controller card.?
My mb is MSI KT4V with AMD athlon 1800.My bios is AMI.
There is no option in my mb for a sata hard disk so i brought the sata pci cotroller card.
In post it shows the raid in my pci slot but cant detect my hard disk. It is a Segate 7200 rpm 160 gb hard disk.My sata pci controller card come with a driver cd but i cant install its driver in dos mode. and i think its for the windows version.
How can i install the single sata drive in my comp.
please help me...

A:Can't Install Sata Hard disk With PCI SATA controller card

Probably some fakeraid BS..
You have to enter the RAID BIOS and configure the drive as a RAID0 array or something similar. If it doesn't detect the drive in the RAID BIOS either, look over all your cables. Make sure you have power to the hard drive and suchlike.

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Hiya I have a sata 1 motherboard on a windows 7 system Im trying to fit a pci e sata II card the question is do I need to install drivers first.ive gave it a try and the pc wont boot when i connect a ssd boot drive to the card, I thought it would just plug and play

A:pcie sata II card

Before connecting a drive to the card, install the drivers from the disc or the manufacturer's website. If you just installed the card and then hooked up a drive to the card, more than likely, Windows will not be able to see the drive.

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Looking for a Pcie x4 Sata 3 with usb 3.0 card.
I want to add Sata 3 support to add a ssd. Also I want to add usb 3.0 support. I want to stay below $100. Any ideas?

A:Looking for a Pcie x4 Sata 3 with usb 3.0 card

I don't recall seing a card that will do both. You may try looking for 2 cards. I'm pretty sute you can find an X1 USB 3.0, then look for a sata3 card.

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Ok I've look around and don't see this addressed I'm sure I missed it somewhere

Here's what I need to know for sure.

I purchased a PCIe SATA 3 4 port card its running a Marvel Drivers
My spec on in the my spec section.

I have this card installed and drivers installed in windows 7

I have a clean install windows 7 pro running AHCI mode on a onboard SATA 2 Port

I wish to move this OS drive to this new SATA 3 4 port card

Currently I have 3 ports used Port 0 is a blank Liteonit 256GB SSD: Ports 1&2 2 WD 1 GB Blacks with data. and port 3 empty awaiting my Win 7 OS Samsung 830 SSD.

My Plan is to set up a win 7 pro and win 8.1.1 pro dual boot

What I need to know is it possible to move my Win 7 SSD to this PCIe card port and would it boot or is there something I can do to make it boot. I want this win7ssd booting before I set up the win8 dual boot.

I am more than nervous about this as installing this card broke my previous Dual boot and broke both my Win7 install and win 8 install. Restoring Images and Repair installs would not make either boot, I believe this was due to the fact that I had both these OS SSD on my 2 onboard Marvell SATA3 ports I'm assuming the new Marvell drivers conflicted with the older ports. I now have these 2 ports disabled in my BIOS and Win7 clean installed on an onboard SATA 11 port

A:How to Move Win 7 OS to a PCIe SATA 3 card.

All you should have to do is the following:
1) shut down the PC
2) connect the Win7 SSD to the first SATA port on the PCIe card
3) boot the PC and enter the BIOS settings
4) set the BIOS such that the first SATA port on the PCIe card is at the top of the list of drives
5) save the BIOS settings
6) reboot

When you then reboot, the PC should boot into Win7 on the SSD.

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Hey guys!

So I have this problem. I purchased a SilverTech PCIe SATA card to add 2 more SATA ports to my computer. I am looking to simply attach storage. Here is the link to the card I got off Amazon:


I have the Asus Crosshair V Formula Z motherboard running BIOS 3102 (latest version), Windows 7 Ultimate 64.

Problem K am having is for some reason Windows does not see the card when I boot up. I have tinkered with the BIOS and even called Asus and they said there wouldn't be anything in the BIOS preventing the card from being detected.

At first I thought it was DOA so I got a replacement...same thing. I even purchased a different card from my local computer shop and it still does not work. Bad PCI slot? Well mobo is 2 months old...so, I tested it with a wifi card and it detected it fine. Same slot and everything.

In the BIOS I am not sure where it would say the cards details and the HDDs connected to it. I looked everywhere.

I am also using legacy boot instead of UEFI bs lol Windows 8 and all that crap.

I tried the manuals but I dont hae too much experience in this type of issue. Anyone have any ideas I can try?


A:Solved: Windows Not Seeing my PCIe SATA Card

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Hi, I've just built a new system with Asus Z97-pro mobo and intel 3770K processor but I need more sata III ports, I've ordered quite a few pcie cards but everytime the driver will not install on windows 8.1and only compatable with win 7 below can anyone recommend a solution?. Also I have and Asus Radr PCIE SSD, which I want to clone from my exisitng system, I've been using macrium reflect on 2-3 occassions with no joy, when I try to boot from it I get boot manger is missing, youre help would be very much appreciated, many than guys

A:Can anyone recommend a pcie card (compatable with Win 8.1) with at least two sata III


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I have and external hard drive that is capable of using esata so i bought this card to give myself available esata ports on my HP pavilion a1130n. I followed the instructions as far as setup. Also, i checked to verify that the driver was installed, but everytime i go to connect my external hard drive to the esata port it disappears from my computer and i am unable to access it. Any help with this would be appreciated, whether it be helping me getting this to work or just informing me that i am unable to use this controller. Thank you.

A:help installing Rosewill Sata II/ATA 133 PCIe Card RC-216

read the reviews here http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16816132014

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To use an external JBOD box I have this multiplexing eSATA PCIe card (Startech part PEXESATA2): https://www.startech.com/eu/Cards-Adapters/HDD-Controllers/SATA-Cards/2-Port-PCI-Express-eSATA-Contr... I have been using it in two different computers in the past without issue. Now, in this new HP box the card is not detected at all neither in the slots #3 nor #4 (#1 is used by the GPU, #2 untested because it was close to the gpu). By untested I mean that it does not show at all in the PCI bus, according e.g. to lshw in Linux: $ lspci -tv-[0000:00]-+-00.0 Intel Corporation Sky Lake Host Bridge/DRAM Registers+-01.0-[01]--+-00.0 NVIDIA Corporation GK208 [GeForce GT 730]| \-00.1 NVIDIA Corporation GK208 HDMI/DP Audio Controller+-02.0 Intel Corporation Sky Lake Integrated Graphics+-14.0 Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-H USB 3.0 xHCI Controller+-14.2 Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-H Thermal subsystem+-16.0 Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-H CSME HECI #1+-16.3 Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-H KT Redirection+-17.0 Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-H SATA controller [AHCI mode]+-1f.0 Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-H LPC Controller+-1f.2 Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-H PMC+-1f.3 Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-H HD Audio+-1f.4 Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-H SMBus\-1f.6 Intel Corporation Ethernet Connection (2) I219-LM I have tried disabling and enabling the PCIe slot in the BIOS with no difference.  Is there any reason why the card wouldn't be detec... Read more

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I have an OptiPlex 390 SFF and Optiplex 3020, I want install a Manhattan Sata 3 gb Pci Epress Card (160377) to add other Sata port,  I have connected all, Card, HDD, alimentation, but  the Card not appear in the Bios and Windows.


A:OptiPlex 390 not recognize Sata 3 PCIe Card

"Manhattan Sata 3 gb Pci Epress Card (160377) " is not a dell product and not supported by dell.
This Low Profile card might be a better choice.

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So I upgraded my older Lenovo A55 series 8705 machine to a Samsung 840 series SSD and it boots just fine and runs perfectly if connected to the mb sata connector. Problem is that it's an older machine and the SATA ports are first version, so max transfer speeds are 1.5Gb/s. The drive is the newest SATA III capable of 6Gb/s. I bought a PCIe x1 card and its installed and visible with proper drivers in Device Manager. I want to connect the SSD to this PCIe card to maximize the SATA III speeds but when I connect that way, the system does not even see the SSD. In BIOS, I moved PCI SCSI to the available boot devices, but the SSD is not showing at all. When the SSD is connected directly to the SATA I port on the mb, it sees it perfectly in BIOS and is set to the #1 boot device in both Primary and Auto.

How can I get this to boot when the SSD is connected to the PCIe card? I already see massive speed improvement over my old Seagate 7200rpm HDD and I'm pretty happy as-is, but I really want to see what it can do attached to a SATA III port.

Thanks in advance!

A:Can't boot from SSD attached to PCIe SATA card

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Hey all,

I'm upgrading my SSD from an Intel SATA II 320 120GB - which has worked very well for me - to a Samsung SATA III 840 EVO 250GB. My computer doesn't have any native SATA III hookups, but I do have several PCIe 2.0 slots that are open and ready to be used. As such, I've decided to purchase a PCIe to SATA III adapter so that I can run the drive through the adapter, and hopefully get better performance than using SATA II.

My first question is, is there a recommended controller or card that anyone here has used? I've heard that while sub $100 cards can work, most use Marvell controllers which have mixed performance. However I'm still unsure. For example, here's an affordable SATA 3 card, and the reviews are mostly positive, but it is a Marvell controller. I've read that LSI is a reliable brand that makes excellent controllers, but the cost is prohibitive for most upgraders.

I know that if I get any PCIe card, the first thing I should do is get at least a dual lane x2 or x4 card. Anything higher than that will be overkill, but x1 will probably be too little bandwidth.

To clarify, I'm not going to be running RAID with any of my drives. I have a standard 500GB HDD that I'm going to leave on the SATA II port on the mobo. I'm not sure if I should use HyperDuo mode or not if I get a card that sports such a feature. I've read that while HyperDuo is a convenient feature, SSD performance does take a dive, as opposed to a manual SSD+HDD setup.

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A:Need advice on purchasing PCIe to SATA 3 adapter card

My Gigabyte motherboard has SATA III Marvell 91xx controller. Not having any problems with that.

Here is the benchmark for my OCZ Vertex 4 SSD. and my Intel 520 SSD. The OCZ is for Win 8.1 and the Intel is for Win 7 64 bit (dual boot). It shows as "SCSI" but not sure why (all the drives whether SSD or conventional are showing as SCSI).

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Hello, I have a HP Pavilion HPE h8-1360t Desktop and I have been trying to install a Vantec 2-Port SATA II 300 PCIe Host Card with RAID. It uses a Silicon Image 3132 controller http://www.siliconimage.com/solutions/pc/host-controller/. The operating system is Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 64 bit. The computer does not recognize the card in any of the PCIe slots and it does not appear in the device manager. I cannot bring up the card's BIOS, either. I have started and restarted the computer with the card in and out of each of the slots and it is never recognized. Any ideas on how I can get the computer to recognise the card?Thanks!

A:PCIe SATA II Host Card with RAID not recognized

Enter the BIOS and see if it is recognized as being present. That is where you should begin. According to the information on Vantec's website you should see the SATA ports in the device manager after it is installed.  Best regards,erico

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After multiple failed attempts to coax my Z800 to recognize 100% of the 3TB on my SATA storage drives, instead of 2TB, (http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Business-PCs-Workstations-and-Point-of-Sale-Systems/Z800-Max-Disk-Size/...)  I've decided to simply buy a PCIe card w/ SATA/SAS ports.  The posts I've seen so far on the subject are a bit dated, so I'm asking for what to consider and for recommendations.  For instance, are certain cards known to be incompatible?   Or, what landmines exist?  In this case, should I verify that the card has 1 channel per port (<- I think that is the correct terminology...if not, bear with me).  Etc. With respect to my use case, the disks are meant as long-term storage with easy access.  I'll use other hardware for everyday computing, etc.  In other words, I'd like SATA III, but if the cost / benefit ratio is heavily skewed towards SATA II, I'm okay with that. TIA

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I have a newly home built MSI AM1i motherboard and have it running fine with Windows 8.1. I am trying to expand the number of SATA ports it has (comes with only 2). The mobo has a mini-PCIe card slot.
I purchased a AsMedia 106x, 2-port, mini-PCIe card (had to use a ribbon-cable extender to get it connected).
That all appears to be fine. I struggled a bit with drivers, but eventually found a Windows 7 AsMedia 106x driver set. Loaded that, seems ok.
Problem: When I go to device mgr, it does not see the added 2-ports. When I first boot up, during the black-screen phase, it does report that the AsMedia device is loading and will actually find/name a hard drive that I attach to one of the new ports. It then almost looks like it will load windows, give the nice little blue windows 8 flag and just sits there. I can hear a drive cycle every 2-3 seconds, but nothing.
I eventually have to hit the power button to shut down. If I disconnect the drive added to the new card, it will start up. The AsMedia device looks to load during a black-screen phase, but reports no device found, and then loads Win 8 Correctly. When I get in, again, no SATA ports shown for the new device.
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

A:Mini-PCIe SATA-card is not recognized by MSI AM1i mobo

Usually the mini PCIe slot is reserved for Wireless Nic cards.

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My external hard drives are SATA III, but they connect via a SATA II controller card, to my SATA II motherboard. I'm wondering if the hard drives would perform much better if they were connected via a SATA III controller card to the same SATA II motherboard? A card such as this one"


A:SATA III Controller Card

I have an ASUS U3S6 that my C300 ran off (past tense because flashing the BIOS made it un-bootable) Read speeds were def higher on the card but I gotta say, overall, I can't tell any difference now I'm running it off a SATA 2 port.
EDIT: I posted some benches here (SATA 2) Show us your SSD performance

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In our SBS we have a SATA controller card to manage 6 hard drives. The 2 SATA connectors on the motherboard are open. I recently bought a external drive dock that came with an internal/external connection to be plugged into the motherboard. When doing this and connecting the dock to the computer it would not recognize it. With the drivers not being an issue, is it possible that the motherboard SATA connections are void after adding in the controller card? I haven't been able to restart to check if they are disabled in BIOS, but wouldn't think they would have been.

A:SATA controller card

1. what make and model of Sata controller is it? What model Server is it?

2. Most Sata controllers are not hot pluggable, you must shut down the server, turn on the external drive then start the server, a pain I know, but most consumer Sata controller cards do not support hot plug or hot swap.

3, Consult the user manual for the card.

4. There will be a bios utility during post for the Sata card, this is what you will use to configure an additional drive.

5. It will be a layered bios, in other words there may be more than one bios that posts, the motherboard bios will post first, then any add in cards that have a bios will post, depending on what slot the card is in the order of the add in card post sequence, each bios post will should show you what keystrokes to use to enter them.

5. If you are not experienced with this advanced hardware, I suggest you get a consult before doing anything, you could destroy the raid array experimenting with settings and lose all your data.

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My machine has both older and newer hardware, running win98 with plenty of ram and processor power. What I want to do is add a large, 320 gig SATA-150 hard drive to the mix using a controller card. I will want to put winXP on this drive and use it as a mutlimedia storage drive--mainly storing music files in wave file format. I'm new to SATA and I understand that now there is SATA II, which, if I understand correctly, provides an even greater data transfer rate.

My question is this: Will a SATA II controller card accept a SATA 150 hard drive or are we talking about incompatible interfaces? I might guess that this would work, but would like to know for sure.

You might be wondering why I wouldn't just get a SATA 150 controller card? Well, given that computer technology is always being improved upon with new standards on the horizon, I just wouldn't want a 320 gig SATA drive to become obsolete too quickly. Comparabley-sized SATA II drives are a little pricey, so I won't be going there right now. At least I'd have the appropriate controller card when SATA II becomes the norm.

Any input about SATA compatibility and any other info on this that you can give me would really be appreciated.



A:SATA II controller card

SATA150 and SATA300 devices are interchangeable no problem.

Mind you, there is virtually no speed difference between SATA150 and SATA300. The interface speed is meaningless, it is the hard drive itself that dictates the data rates. Plus, there are no desktop drives that can do sustained transfers over 100MB/s, so it will be many years before SATA150 actually becomes a bottleneck (perhaps when we get hybrid hard drives with huge solid state caches).

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I am using a PCI interface SWEEX FD000050 card with the SIL3112ACT144 chipset.
This card is discontinued.
Need working SWEEX FD000050 cards against cash.
Please advise of other SATA controller cards with this chipset.


A:SATA Controller Card

Instead of doing that, just get a mainstream card like a promise or highpoint card. You can install the card and driver; once installed you can move your existing install to the promise/highpoint card. No need for a reinstall.

At least you will always be able to get one of these cards. I have been using both promise and highpoint cards in builds for years without ever seeing one fail.

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I had a question about these controller cards. I wish to purchase one of the newest burners and it is only available with a SATA interface now currently until I can afford a better one my computer doesn't have SATA on it.

Is it possible to use one of these cards to attach the burner to it or is it only for hard drives?

This may seem like an odd question but I ahve been out of the loop on the computing world for a bit.

Thanks in advance for any help

A:SATA Controller Card

SATA is SATA... no difference between hard drives or optical drives, or any other SATA devices

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hello out there

just wanted to ask a few things about installing a sata pci card

i was thinking of using sata harddisk and my p4vmm2 is 5 years old i think...

no problems with the ecs board just wanted to improve my drives

so what do i need except for the pci sata card ??

can i boot from the sata drive?

i was thinking of ghosting my ide drives to the sata drive..

any suggestions is very much welcome


A:SATA controller PCI card

Well, getting a sata controller is not a problem. It will usually have its own BIOS that will load when it is plugged in. Just make sure that if you do have any IDE drives plugged in while using the sata controller, turn them off as direct boot devices in the regular bios. This way the sata pci card will pick the new drives. Also make sure that when you install windows to the sata drive, have a floppy disk with the SATA controller drivers on it, and tell windows setup that you want to install additional drivers.

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Since my current computers are older and do not have any Sata ports on them I was looking to get a good cheap (and perferably non-raid) controller card, PCI only.

So I was wondering if any of you out there had an suggestions for some. Money is somewhat of a factor as well...

Any help is always greatly appreciated

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I purchased this add-on card for my older AMD 2400mhz 1gb ram box. This is the computer with Win7 on the 500gb Pata IDE hard Drive. I wanted to add a 1TB Sata drive since the MB does not have sata. The card has 2 sata connections, 4 USB ports, & 1 IDE connection. It just plugs into an empty PCI slot. For some reason Win7 does not detect the card & when I try to install the drivers Win7 says cannot detect any hardware. The card has VIA VT6421A chipsets.

Power by VIA Chip - SATA RAID + ATA133/100 + USB
Internal Interface 1 x Serial ATA 150 + 1 x ATA 133
External Interface 1 X SATA 150
External Interface 4 X USB 2.0 Port
2 Ports SATA supports RAID 1/0 0+1, and PIO mode 4/3/2/1/0
Support 24 bit hard disk mode >147MB (Please check with Microsoft website for enable 24 bit Mode)
Support IDE bus Ultra DMA at ATA 133/100Mbytes/sec PCI burst rate
Support maximum PCI bus master data transfer rate of 266MB/sec.
PCI interrupt sharing and coexists with main board IDE controller
100% Plug and Play
100% Brand New
Requirement Support Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, NT4.0, 2000 and XP
Here is the item on eBay

PCI 3 in 1 Card 2X SATA RAID + 1X IDE ATA 133 + 4X USB - eBay (item 160309427900 end time Jan-14-09 10:01:13 PST)

A:Sata PCI I/O Controller add-on Card

Quote: Originally Posted by McBlzr

I purchased this add-on card for my older AMD 2400mhz 1gb ram box. This is the computer with Win7 on the 500gb Pata IDE hard Drive. I wanted to add a 1TB Sata drive since the MB does not have sata. The card has 2 sata connections, 4 USB ports, & 1 IDE connection. It just plugs into an empty PCI slot. For some reason Win7 does not detect the card & when I try to install the drivers Win7 says cannot detect any hardware. The card has VIA VT6421A chipsets.

Power by VIA Chip - SATA RAID + ATA133/100 + USB
Internal Interface 1 x Serial ATA 150 + 1 x ATA 133
External Interface 1 X SATA 150
External Interface 4 X USB 2.0 Port
2 Ports SATA supports RAID 1/0 0+1, and PIO mode 4/3/2/1/0
Support 24 bit hard disk mode >147MB (Please check with Microsoft website for enable 24 bit Mode)
Support IDE bus Ultra DMA at ATA 133/100Mbytes/sec PCI burst rate
Support maximum PCI bus master data transfer rate of 266MB/sec.
PCI interrupt sharing and coexists with main board IDE controller
100% Plug and Play
100% Brand New
Requirement Support Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, NT4.0, 2000 and XP
Here is the item on eBay

PCI 3 in 1 Card 2X SATA RAID + 1X IDE ATA 133 + 4X USB - eBay (item 160309427900 end time Jan-14-09 10:01:13 PST)

This card works with Vista x86 and x64. Usually you do not need to install drivers, although the drivers are on the CD or here :-
http://drivers.softpedia.com/progDow...oad-... Read more

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I've installed a ssd capable of 6GB/s on my sata II board and was wondering, if there were controller cards that could be used with one of the two slots mentioned to get the full 6GB/s speed from the ssd if so, any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!

A:PCI or Pciex4 controller cards for sata II to sata III for 6GB/s ssd

I've had experience with only one card (LSI 9211-8i, way overkill for your purposes) but, based on my experience with that card, to be able to boot from them (not all cards can be booted from), you would have to install the card during the installation of Win 7. Also, cards have their own BIOS that have to be loaded in addition to the OS and the MOBO's BIOS or UEFI so you probably wouldn't gain much, if anything, in boot time (more likely, overall boot time will be longer, as with my HBA card). You may gain faster program loading, though.

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Perhaps not a question for sevenforums, but I'd figure you guys would either have the answer, or be able to direct me to the answer. I purchased a Silicon SiI3512 SATA Raid Controller purely to have 2 extra SATA ports which I am using to connect to my case's external drive bays. I have flashed the bios of the controller and updated the driver to put it in "Base" mode so it is not using RAID. I did extensive research on this and it appears that I have this part right. For now, I am trying to connect a WD1600BEVT 2.5" SATA-II hard drive to one of these ports and am having some difficulty. I can see the drive, but when I try to format the drive in Windows, or a command prompt (using the windows recovery DVD) it hangs. I am wondering if this is a compatibility issue with a SATA-II drive on a SATA-I controller, however, most of the forums I have read state that if there is a compatibility issue, the controller won't even recognize the drive. I searched around to see if there was a way to force the HDD to SATA(150), but the jumpers on this drive are for SSC and RPS. Is there a way to fix this or do I need a drive that is capable of forcing SATA-I speeds? Perhaps even a controller capable of at least SATA-II since that is the minimum of all new HDDs?

A:SATA-II Drive on SATA Raid Controller?

SATA II drives are typically not backwards compatible with SATA I ports, especially on add-in cards UNLESS they have what is called "autospeed negotiation". This determines the max speed of the drive and tells it to compensate if it's too high (use SATA 1 vs 2). Unless there is a jumper on your drive, which it doesn't sound like there is, then the add-in card does not have autospeed negotiation. This is taken from Problems encountered installing SATA 3.0 Gb/s hard drives on SATA 1.5 Gb/s controllers.

I suggest finding an addin card that supports SATA II like this card: Newegg.com - Rosewill RC-211 Silicon Image 2 port SATA II PCI Express Host Controller Card&#40;RAID 0&#47;1&#47;JBOD&#41;

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So here is the situation. I have recently added a second drive to my system. Previously, I had a single PATA drive set up and running windows just fine. I have now added a SATA drive that is connected via a Silicon Image 3114 controller card. I have no problems using it as a secondary drive. It is visible from within windows and I have full access to it.

Here lies the problem. I want to use the SATA drive as my primary drive and install windows on it. So, I disconnected the PATA drive (so as not to accidentally overwrite anything on that drive), I booted from the windows XP install CD, pressed F6 to install the drivers, but when I get to the next step to select where to install windows, it says that no drives exist.

My guess is that my BIOS is not detecting that I have a SATA drive installed using a controller card. I'm not sure.

So, does anybody have any remedies for this issue?

A:Booting from SATA with Controller Card

Windows has got nothing to dowith BIOS - it uses its own drivers for everything. It is Windows that cannot detect your drive. Maybe you loaded the wrong drivers?

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I have a 500GB WB Blue series HDD with a damage data plug and can't be used.


There's a listing on ebay for a WD 500GB HDD controller card that looks identical to the one on the HDD I have. The listing quotes the card for a


Would the card feasibly work with my HDD may I ask ?

A:WD SATA controller card replacement

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I purchased a Syba Silicon Image 2-Port SATA PCI Controller Card (Manufacturer Part No. SDSATA150R) about one year ago. I installed Windows 2000 and installed the SATA drivers fine (F6, S, etc.) using the provided cd. Now, however, I am attempting to re-install windows 2000 on the same machine, and do not still possess the drivers cd (lost it somewhere along the way).

Below are the steps I took, and the error I received. Please let me know what I am doing wrong, and the correct way to install the driver without the cd that came with it.
I went Here and downloaded the file: SIL3112 RAID driver set ver for Windows 98 / 98SE / ME / NT 4.0 / 2000 / XP
I extracted the zip to my desktop (different computer), opened up the winall folder and copied the 9 files to the root of a blank floppy.
I ran windows 2000 setup on the comp in question using four boot floppies, pressing F6 at the beginning of the first floppy
I hit S to specify an additional device, entered the disk I had created, and selected the second option (NT and 2000)
Error received: "File \si3112r.sys caused an unexpected error (4099) at line 1211 in D:\nt\private\ntos\boot\setup\oemdisk.c."
I remade the windows boot floppies and the SATA driver floppy to make sure the trouble wasn't a bad disk. Received the same error each time.

Thanks in advance for your help in letting me know the correct way to install the driver without the original cd. I'm not sure if I am creating the driver floppy w... Read more

A:Allowing for SATA controller card

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I've been searching through the forums and have found a few situations similar to mine but not quite; I've tried a few of the suggestions I've seen that are applicable but thus far they haven't helped.

Here's what's up:
I am and always have been running XP home.
I was running a Dell Dimension 8250; I had a 120 Gb IDE hard drive in it being used as a secondary storage device. It worked fine. I upgraded to the system I have detailed in my profile. It's boot drive is the new Seagate and works fine. In the Dell, I formatted the Maxtor completely and then connected it to my new comp via the PCI IDE controller card I have installed. BIOS recognizes the Maxtor correctly; according to my user's manual (and what I've found actually looking), I can't do absolutely anything to configure my IDE storage through the BIOS because it does everything automatically.
XP does not see the drive in any capacity, from My Computer to Disk Management.

The Maxtor is on the slave connector of the IDE cable and it's jumpers are set to slave. The PCI IDE controller card is functioning properly.

I still have the original Maxtor installation CD and floppy. The floppy says to pop it in the drive, along with the CD and reboot. I have done this and the Maxtor software doesn't recognize that a Maxtor is in there.

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A:IDE HDD to SATA mobo through PCI IDE controller card

Never mind; I got it worked out.

Long story about RAID controllers and poorly labeled/missing drivers!

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Because I'm short on SATA slots, I would like to be able to connect a SATA harddrive via a controller card, but the ones that I have will make the drive available to the OS, but not to Boot Priority in the BIOS. Actually, the drive doesn't appear in the regular BIOS screens at all, just on the additional RAID screens nor is it listed in the Device Manager, even though it does appear in Disk Management.

I currrently have 3 SATA controllers, beyond the main one that most of my harddrives are connected to...2 SIIG 3132 SoftRaid 5 controller (one of which is onboard), and a VIA VT6421 RAID card. What kind of controller card do I need to make it's harddrives bootable?

A:Bootable SATA Controller Card

You may have to enable a feature in the motherboards BIOS called Interrupt 19, or INT19.
this feature allows Add-on controller cards to be access by the BIOS and booted from.

That is what I needed to do on my older machines with Adaptec SCSI cards and my Promise SATA card.

Interrupt 19 Capture
Common Options : Enabled, Disabled
Quick Review
Interrupt 19 is the software interrupt that handles the boot disk function. It is typically handled by the motherboard BIOS although it can also be handled by the optional boot ROM BIOS in some IDE/SCSI host adaptors. When enabled, this BIOS feature allows the ROM BIOS of these host adaptors to "capture" Interrupt 19 during the boot process so that drives attached to these adaptors can function as bootable disks. In addition, it allows you to gain access to the host adaptor's ROM setup utility, if one is available.
When disabled, the ROM BIOS of these host adaptors will not be able to "capture" Interrupt 19. Therefore, you will not be able to boot operating systems from any bootable disks attached to these host adaptors. Nor will you be able to gain access to their ROM setup utilities.
If you use separate IDE/SCSI host adaptors, you should enable this BIOS feature if you wish to boot from any drive attached to your host adaptors. It will also allow you to gain access to any ROM-based setup utilities.
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Hi , i have read on some forums that some sata pci controller cards are not supported by windows seven, so my question is ,
Q- Does anyone know which type or brand of sata pci cotroller card is supported by windows seven?


A:Sata Pci controller card for windows seven

PCI cards? You are aware that these only support legacy SATA-150 standards... so I doubt anyone has built one for a few years now, nevermind making a Windows 7 compliant card!

In short, don't waste your time looking... sorry

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Can any one suggest what Sata card i need to add extra hard drives to my system I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit


A:I want to add a Sata Controller card to my system

for the M2N-MX SE, You will need a PCI type.

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2 ports on my old mobo have become faulty and as such i bought this card: Komplett.dk - SDM PCIe SATA II 300 RAID 2P

in order to add some more ports but apparently it's not just a simple matter of plug in and install because windows doesn't want to accept the drivers that came with the card.

the card's model is sil3132 but even if i download the drivers from the homepage it's still a no go.

this is my mobo: MSI K9A2 Neo-F ATX AMD Motherboard - Newegg.com

the card is seated correctly and i can see in bios that the HDD is recognized but since the drivers won't install i can't access it in windows.

i dual boot between xp and 7 and both refuse to accept the designated drivers according to the manual.

also, i'm a complete noob when it comes to controller cards but i imagined it would be something as simple as driver install, plug in spare HDD and then use it for storage with no formatting/windows reinstall needed on main HDD etc.

any suggestions on what i should do?


A:Need help installing drivers for a sata controller card.

Have you tried simply running windows update ?

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I have an older home built computer that only has 2 SATA connectors on it. I have my 2 SATA HDD's attached to it there. My CD/DVD has a IDE connector on it so I have it connected to the IDE plug but unfortunately the drive is failing (door won't open on it's own). Knowing that I will eventually upgrade the MB, Processor and Ram at some point, I ordered a new SATA CD/DVD drive along with a SiliconImage SIL 3512 2 port Controller Card to see me through until I upgraded the MB. I figured I could hook the new CD/DVD drive up to the new controller card along with another SATA HDD I had laying around for extra backup storage. I plugged the card in, restarted and let Windows Update install the drivers. After rebooting, my bios wants to set up the RAID array of the new card. I didn't get this card for the raid array and didn't think I would have to set that factor of it up because I had read feedback from other purchasers stating that they had used the card to add just one extra drive.,(Essentially for the same reason I bought it).

So, how do I need to set this thing up? I have both enabled and disabled Raid in my Bios, both with no luck. Neither the CD/DVD drive or the extra SATA HDD show up. I'm stumped, HELP!!!

Running W7 64bit

A:Solved: Need Help installing PCI SATA Controller Card

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I recently bought a SATA host controller card but it is not working in my computer. I don't think it has anything to do with the drivers in windows because when I go into the bios setup it sees everything except the SATA controller and the hard drive I plugged into it. I have tried it in four different PCI slots, checking connections each time and none of them are working. My computer is fairly old, so I thought perhaps the card was incompatible with the slots, but it?s PCI rev 2.2 and so is the USB port card that I bought at the same time and it's working perfectly. I?ve run out of ideas and I?m not sure what to do next to try fixing the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

The SATA controller card is a Syba sd-sata2-4ir, and my computer is a Compaq Deskpro EN P933, with a Pentium 3 processor and 512 MB of RAM.

A:Sata host controller card not recognized

You dont give an OS, but if the PC is fairly old, I would guess a specific driver for the card would be needed. Did nothing come with the card ? Have you checked the m/f site?

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This is the card I want to add to use my 2 DVD ROM's and HDD.
My MoBo has only 1 EIDE plug.
The last one did not work with the DVD due to no ATAPI device compatability. Will this one work for the DVD ROMs



I don't forsee any issues as long as you have a free slot. Ensure your DVD roms on on 1 channel as a slave/master and your HDD is on a second channel. Use the card only to avoid potential conflicts with the mobo. I would suggest however to get a card with TWO channels, not one.

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Hello guyz,
I have a system which dont have Sata ports/cables. I heard that I can use a Sata drive through a pci sata controller card. Can anybody tell me which sata controller card would be best for my system (must not be too expensive)... well I dont know if there is any pci slot in my mainboard and if there is any, I dont know what kind of it is. So I am giving a some info about my system which I have obtained by using some third party tools..

Processor Info
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.0Ghz
Code name: Northwood
L1 Cache: 20 KB
L2 Cache: 512 KB
Socket: XU1 Processor
Model: Family 15 Model 2 Level 4

Bios Info
Manufacturer: Compaq
Date: 08/15/2002
Version: 686O2 v2.14
Size: 512 KB

Memory: 768 MB (512+256)
Mainboard: Compaq 07E4h
System Model: Evo D510 SFF
Currently I have two have hard disks:
1. Western Digital (300 GB, Cache 8 MB, ATA)
2. Maxtor (80 GB, Cache 2 MB, ATA)

To know if my system has PCI slots required for a specific controller card, look here: (these cpus looks exactly as mine)


One more question, will the Sata drive connected through like this perform as good as a Sata drive connected to a PC having built on Sata ports?

Thanks in advance,
John Wright

A:Compaq Evo D510 SFF - Which Sata controller card?

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Hey guys I just bought http://tekgems.com/Products/la-pci22-vt6421a.htm and I was wondering how I get it to Legacy or Native Mode instead of RAID mode.

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Added an asmedia 1061 sata3 controller card for my Kingston ssd. In ahci mode, bios sees the card, bios sees the ssd. System will not boot with ssd connected to the asmedia 1061 sata3 controller card, but boots ok when connected to system board's sata 2 port.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X3470 @ 2.93GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 8183 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA NVS 300, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 223 GB (173 GB Free);
Motherboard: FUJITSU, D2779
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

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I posted this at the end of one of my previous posts and it may have been overlooked in that topic.

I just received my New Promise SATA Controller Card and I've got a question about what a "Individual LED Connector" cable does. The manual instructs me to connect it the corresponding plugs on the card and on the MB. It is either a 4 pin or a 2 pin connector. It didn't come with the Promise Card package, so I'll have to go get one. Can you tell me what it is for and if it is Necessary to have it plugged in if I am using the SATA HDD as a slave drive?


A:Cable question for a SATA Controller Card?

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The title says it all =P

Today I got a SATA Controller Card and hooked up the new SATA HDDs to the system that already had two IDE HDDs, one of which is the OS drive (System Info Note: 2nd HDD not connected at time of report).

Now the problem is, with the new HDDs active when the PC is turned on, Windows doesn't boot. I'm guessing that for some reason the system is trying to boot from the SATA HDDs. I can get into Windows just fine and check out the drives if I disconnect their power until Windows has booted up. All is working, all is normal.

Fiddling with the boot priorities in the BIOS has yielded no positive results, and I get that same depressing blank screen.

Have you any thoughts? This sure confuses me. Thanks!

A:How to boot from IDE with a SATA Controller Card installed?

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i'm trying to add a third sata drive to my system .i already have 2 sata hd connected to my motherboard.and to add a third i had to buy a controller card well i can not get windows to recognize it to install drivers and i have no need for raid feature just want to add third hard drive for storage and it already has data on it and i don't want to erase it while installing .so what do i do sorry noob ?

A:installing SYBA SD-SATA150R PCI SATA Controller Card

had to move it do a different pci slot sorry for asking a stupid ? admin you can delete post

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My MB supports only SATA 2 but in my city, the HDD SATA 3 is more cheap than SATA 2. If I buy the HDD SATA 3 it will work with my MB SATA 2 controller?

A:HDD SATA 3 (6.0Gb/s) works with SATA 2 (3.0Gb/s) controller???


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So I have had a HighPoint 644 SATA III 6.0 GB host card in my system for some time now, and yes, it was a total pain to set up when I initially installed it. I recently picked up a new 3TB SATA III 6.0 GB drive (newegg had uhm on sale) and I had a spare HighPoint 620 SATA III Host / RAID Controller card laying around (and a spare PCI-E slot to boot) so I dropped the card in, mounted the drive, and wired it up, using a SATA III 6.0 GB cable, of course.

I then tried to boot it up - <insert /facepalm here> - yea, I got nothing.

Has anyone else successfully gotten a HighPoint 644 and a 620 to co-exist on the same board? (It'd be even more ideal if said board was a Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P.)

I've noticed that during boot up the system is seeing the newly installed card before the primary card, since the bootable disk is already on the primary card, the next step will be to switch the ports that the cards are installed in and see if that makes any difference. There's nothing in the board docs about one PCI-E slot being initialized before the other, but it's worth investigating. Will post follow ups (especially since I have read that HighPoint support is non-existent).
Using the onboard ports so that I can still use the new drive, but sure would be nice if I could take advantage of those fast I/O rates that come with SATA III.

A:HighPoint SATA III Host / RAID Controller Card Problems

I have one but have not used it yet. I read in reviews on Newegg that you install it with nothing connected then startup and see if windows recognizes it and installs the drivers or go through the finding new hardware part. After it is recognized and installs drivers, then shutdown and install the hard drives to it. Guess we'll have to see if that works. If it needs drivers, I believe they are the Marvell 91xx drivers.

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HI there, i'm having trouble with a new hard drive i bought, it's a seagate 80gb sata, my motherboard only accepts ide connectors so i bought a controller card with sata ports connected one cable (bought seperately) to the hard drive and another through a convertor to the power. When i start up windows it recognises the raid controller, that in turn recognises the hard drive but it seems to be under a seperate interface, the normal bios does not recognise the hard drive as slave or master or at all for that matter! Have i connected it wrong or is there something i'm missing? Thanks in advance for any help!

A:Problem connecting Sata hard drive via controller card

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