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Q: SATA Controller Cards

I've been looking around lately trying to find a good Serial ATA Controller card for my system because the onboard one is broken/nVidia. I have two SATA devices that will utilize the card so I need two internal ports and PCI-E x1 bus to support SATA-II 3.0Gb/s speeds. The problem is, the PCI-E x1 slots are only 2.5Gb/s so I'm just wondering if the controller card is going to bottleneck transfer speeds. I figure buying a SATA controller rather than a new motherboard would be far more practical so I would appreciate any help or suggestions. Thanks in advance!

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A: SATA Controller Cards

EXCellR8 said:

... I need two internal ports and PCI-E x1 bus to support SATA-II 3.0Gb/s speeds. The problem is, the PCI-E x1 slots are only 2.5Gb/s so I'm just wondering if the controller card is going to bottleneck transfer speedsClick to expand...

IMO, you'll never see the difference between 2.5gb/s and 3.0gb/s

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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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I have a motherboard with two SATA ports. I'm using one port for a Combo drive. I was thinking of creating a RAID 1 array. However, I need the one SATA port for the Combo drive since it doesn't work with IDE. So I thought of adding a PCI SATA controller card for additional SATA ports.
I contacted my motherboard manufacturer about this. They informed me that I cannot do this. They say the MB bios rom does not have space to add another SATA controller. I can accept this.
However if this is true of my MB why do the PCI SATA controller cards continue to sell? The cards tell you which OS to use but not the MB's.
I was of the impression that PCI cards were like standalone devices that would work with almost any MB that has PCI slots. Am I wrong? Evidently I am.
Anyone know about this restriction? Any way to overcome it?

A:Solved: Will SATA Controller cards ?work

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I have a DIY box with an Asus P5K-E mobo that provides SATA II ports. I upgraded to a pair of Samsung 850 EVO ssds and naturally got a great speed boost. Now I am getting greedy and thinking about doubling my gains with a SATA III controller card. I have been reading online and I am seeing indications that I may not get much if any speed boost that way. Would those of you experienced with doing what I am contemplating please chime in and tell me if you achieved improvement and if so what card did you use? I am running Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home, one on each ssd, no RAID is involved.

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Hey Guys,

I've got two 500 GB HDs in RAID 0 configuration which have been working perfectly. They contain all my music, movies and personal docs which I've collected over the years.

I have only just made this configuration as I was trying to speed my PC up. I'd recently cloned my C: onto a 7200 rpm HD and while I was doing this I joined the spare HD that resulted to another one I had in the machine in RAID 0 and after a lengthy process of copying files back and forward from laptop drives etc I now had a perfecty working PC with a faster c: drive and faster storage area for my non-windows files (d: in RAID 0 - 930 GB).

Then, last night I get a windows update for a SATA controller. I install it thinking nothing of it, rebooted the pc and now my RAID drive is not recognised. It doesn't show up in My Computer or in Computer Management. I hoped this was just a driver issue. So I went into device manager and looked at all the SATA controller driver properties and there was only one (RAID controller) with the option to roll back - so I rolled this driver back and it made no difference. My RAID drive is not registering with windows.

When I boot the computer, after BIOS is finished doing its thing I get a RAID utility come up and it says my RAID configuration is healthy so I'm guessing (and praying!!!!) that it's just a driver issue and that it can be resolved without me loosing a whole heap of important (important to me) files.

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A:Solved: SATA controller/RAID controller update serious issue


Went into Control Panel, Device Manager, Storage controllers and uninstalled all the entries in there, rebooted and windows reinstalled them all. Now back to my perfect little setup!


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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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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 H... Read more

A:SATA II or SATA II via PCIe Controller Card

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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(RAID 0/1/JBOD)

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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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I recently bought Lenovo Y410 notebook and it came with windows vista home premium. As i want to install WinXP in my notebook, i tried with the WinXP CD available with me. But it didnt work, so i tried slipstreaming using nlite when i came to know that intel ich8m sata 3 port SATA Storage controller 2828 is the name of my SATA controller. But even then i am not able to install winXP. After copying all the installation files, the installation process doesnt move forward after rebooting. I am not getting the blue screen, but booting is not happening even after all the installation files are copied.

In short, i just want to install winXP on my laptop.
Inorder to try the AHCI disabling option, i checked in the advanced tab of bios, but such an option was not at all available there.
Pls help.

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I currently have both ATA channels full on my motherboard (DVD and a CD writer on one, plus my 40/80 gig HDs on another). If I buy a PCI controller card, will I still get ATA 100 transfer speeds, or are the transfer speeds limited to the speed of the PCI bus?

A:ATA Controller Cards?

The speed of the PCI IDE-controller decides how fast your HD's can run. With a 133-card you can run ATA-133/100/66/33 HD's.
Note that the lowest speed of a pair of HD's (say 133 and 100) is the one that will be maintained (in my example both HDs will run at 100).

Something to seriously consider is a more powerful Powersupply. Go for 430 or higher wattage and buy a brand-name like Enermax or Antec etc.

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Interesting problem here...
I currently have 2 silicon image 680a IDE controller cards installed.
However, if I try to boot my computer with anyhting plugged into them, the boot sequence halts just at the point where win XP loads.
My boot device is a maxtor 250 gig SATA, I have an additional 250 gig SATA drive also installed.
I have tried both optical drives and hard drives and I achieve the same result with both. I also tried swapping PCI slots and using different controller cards (I own a total of 4 cards)
I am puzzled most because the exact same setup was working just fine last week. I was doing some fiddling, but I will probably post that later once I solve the problem at hand.
I have to hit the sack right now, but ill check back tomorrow.

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I purchased a Western Digital 160GB 7200RPM, High-Performance EIDE. Upon reading the installation information there is a notice that states.

"IMPORTANT: Use Data Lifeguard Tools 10.0 or later installation software to access the full capacity of your hard drive. Hard drives larger than 137 GB require a controller card to utilize full drive capacity."

Are controller cards necessary when the HHD is used with a P4 processor? If so whom would be a good choice to use?

A:Controller Cards, Are They Necessary?

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Ive got 3 optical drives and 2 hard drives. I want the optical drives connected to the motherboard and the hard drives running off the controller card. When set up like this the computer wont boot. I want it like this because EZCD 6 wont work if any optical drives are connected to the controller(known bug). Do I have to do something in the BIOS? This is a Promise card and the documentation is horrible,

A:Anyone familiar with IDE controller cards???

A solution might be to have the HD with Windoze on it as Master on mobo-IDE1. Attach the least-used optical disk as slave to mobo-IDE1. The other 2 optical disks to mobo-IDE2.
The second HD could then be attached to the Promise card.
If that card has its own BIOS, it may have a setting to override the mobo-BIOS, so that you can start from the Promise-controller.
Probably your best solution would be, to ditch EZCD6 and use Nero instead.

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i am looking into sata II cards, and was wondering about the best sata II cards for my needs.

i guess all i really need is something that gives me the fastest/ best performance for 1 sata II drive on my asus p4pe mobo, the 3GB/s....

will anyone of these standard $50 cards do? what should i be looking for?


A:best sata II cards

Will just any sata 2 card work for you? probably not, sata2 cards often have comapitability issues with various motherboards. so you need to research what cards work best with the chipset you have. personally I would go with a quality name brand card for the best performance and compaitability. And that generally means Promise or SIIG. stay away from the bargain, generic, cheap stuff.

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i bought a seagate sata hdd not to long ago and i had a big forum on how i thought it wasnt

working but i later found out that the problem was my motherboard so i am now wondering if

i could just get a sata card to fix this problem i want this drive to be my primary drive.

A:Sata Cards

You can install a controller card. If you want to boot from the card, make sure the one you choose is bootable.

I have had problems in the past with asus boards when you install a raid card. The system does not like to boot unless the onboard controller are disabled. The model was an a8v deluxe. It may or may not apply to your board.

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My boss has a server with an old Biostar P4M80-M4 board (478 socket)

Windows server 2003

He has an SD-Sata2 4IR raid controller with 4 drives attached to it. This array is full.

He bought a SIL 4726 5 disk external enclosure that requires an esata raid controller. We bought one of the models that was reccomended by SIL. The SD-Sata2 2E2I. He wants these 2 arrays to function as 2 separate storage units, nothing fancy just more room for data.

My questions:

1. is it even possible to use these 2 different raid controller cards together?

2. Since I have to use the F6 method to install the raid drivers will I be forced to reload the server?

3. If I have to reload the server and reload the drivers for the 2 raid controller cards will I lose the data on the existing array?

Any insight would be appreciated. I have no clue how to make this work.

A:multiple raid controller cards?

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I wasn't sure how to title this.

I ran into a problem installing the USB3 drivers when I swapped MB's with the same chipset (AMD 970). All the other devices were handled Ok, along with loading drivers for new devices, but the on board USB3 ports.

Long story short, there were registry entries left over from the older MB (AS media) that apparently stopped the loading of the USB3 drivers (Via VL805) for the new MB. After 'disabling' those registry entries using DevMan from NirSoft, the install went ok (finally).

It was a two step process. The Northbridge chipset drivers had to be loaded first (XHCI driver), then the Via drivers.

To the current problem. I picked up a spare USB3 PCI card and I'm running into the same problem. A yellow ! in Device Manager like I had before and a failed install (locking up the system they 1st try).

So the question is; is there a problem using more than one USB3 port device (either on-board or an add-on card??

Below is the view w/o the add on problem card:

A:Are USB3 controller cards and/or add-ons a probelm?

You should be able to use as many as you want, do you have the driver cd or Did you download and install fresh USB 3.0 drivers ?

Did you reinstall windows on this new board ? Doesn`t matter if it`s the same chipset.

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Lately I've been trying to run some old software that reside on some 5 1/4" floppies on my current PC, which isn't the newest anyway. My current PC doesn't have a 34-pin connector for 5 1/4" drives, so I'm on the lookout for a card that will take 34-pin interface. My motherboard has only 1 PCI-E x16 slot, which is occupied by the video card, which leaves 2 PCI-E x4 slots and 2 PCI-X slots, so the floppy controller needs to fit into one of those two slots.

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I want to add sata 3 ports via an add on card to my computer. I also want to buy an SSD. The end result would be that I could plug the ssd into the port on the add on card and get true ssd speeds. What I want to know is, if I went that route, would that happen? http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c02668523 the link  to my mother board https://www.amazon.com/IO-Crest-Port-PCI-Express-SY-PEX40039/dp/B005B0A6ZS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=14... The link to a card I would consider to add. (not that I would know the difference between them.) Thanks in advance, Chef_D

A:Sata 3 add on cards and their speed releative to SSD

Chef_D What SHOULD happen, if you do that, is that you would then be able to boot Win7 from the SSD in very short time and have a faster running PC. There are two issues, however: 1) Booting from the card -- I have found, sadly, that the ONLY reliable way to know if your PC will boot from a particular card is to try it out.  In older PCs that did not have SATA booting, I had tried various cards and only SOME of them booted. 2) SSD speeds -- also, sadly, although there are RATED SSD speeds (i,e, SATA 1, 2, and 3), not all SSDs have the same performance results.  This can often be evident in prices of new SSDs, as they tend to clump into price ranges, depending on their real-time performance. A good site to check to see performance tests of SSDs is this one:  http://www.hardocp.com/ You should browse their site and look for performance tests they have run on SSDs.Good Luck

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I have an ASUS P4P800-E Deluxe motherboard with only two SATA 150 ports. I already have 2 sata hard drives, one 200GB Seagate and another 300GB and want to add another drive but I don?t have any more open ports.

I have a Promise FastTrak 378 SATA RAID controller card built into the motherboard and I heard from another post that you cannot have two of the same type of SATA card (http://www.techspot.com/vb/all/windows/t-10218-SATA-QUESTIONS-onboard-amp-PCI-card.html). So I have a few questions about SATA 150/300 cards.

If I were to buy a non Promise sata card, let say a 2 port SATA 150/300 card, would I still be able to use the two onboard SATA 150 ports or would I need to buy a 4 port non Promise card?

I could also use some suggestions on SATA cards too. I don't plan on using any RAID features, I just want to use SATA hard drives. So if anyone can recommend what to buy or what not to buy, that would be awesome.

Thanks in advance

A:Question about SATA 150/300 PCI cards (Could use some suggestions as well)

Uhm.. Your motherboard has a normal SATA controller and a SATA RAID controller, giving you total of 4 SATA ports. The RAID controller is capable of working with non-RAIDed drives too.

Of course both of the controllers work simultaneously. Why would they put two of them on the motherboard if they didn't?

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At the moment my system is set up with a bootable 3 disk SATA RAID 5 array via the SIL3114 ports. I am trying to:

FIRSTLY add a new SATA hard disk to the Nforce4 SATA ports as a non-raid drive which I want to make the system's BOOT disk and make the existing RAID 5 array non-bootable.

SECONDLY add 2 new SATA drives in a RAID1 array via the NFORCE4 chip.
I have added the non-raid HD to the nforce4 sata ports and set the appropriate BIOS RAID setting for the single HD to disabled. This has enabled me to migrate boot files etc onto the new disk. I cannot however get the system to boot from this new non-RAID hard disk as it does not appear under the BIOS Hard disk boot setting - instead it boots with the Sil31114 SATA RAID 5 array. The only way to get the new hard disk onto the Hard disk boot list in the BIOS is to disable the BIOS IDE/SATA RAID setting completely. If I do this however it will not allow me to add a further RAID1 array to the nVRAID controller.


Thanks very much

Hardware: k8nxp-sli with nf4 and SIL 3114 controllers, 6600GT graphics, XP mce 2005

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HI all - I tried to search for an existing thread but....

I have TWO pcie NEC USB 3.0 host controller cards installed. Each card has two usb 3.0 ports.

Everything was fine until I installed the second card. Now I get a BSOD only when I shutdown, and it seems every time I shutdown. It boots fine.

Question: I know I have given very little detail but in general, is there any reason I should not be able to have two of these cards installed? The device mgr actually looks like 3 are installed (under USB Controllers).

Windows 7 (of course)
x58a-ud3r mobo
Any advice or suggestions greatly appreciated.


A:Are TWO pcie NEC usb 3.0 controller cards causing BSOD at shutdown?

Quote: Originally Posted by wooleysdad

HI all - I tried to search for an existing thread but....

I have TWO pcie NEC USB 3.0 host controller cards installed. Each card has two usb 3.0 ports.

Everything was fine until I installed the second card. Now I get a BSOD only when I shutdown, and it seems every time I shutdown. It boots fine.

Question: I know I have given very little detail but in general, is there any reason I should not be able to have two of these cards installed? The device mgr actually looks like 3 are installed (under USB Controllers).

Windows 7 (of course)
x58a-ud3r mobo
Any advice or suggestions greatly appreciated.


Hi Elliot and welcome
Without the DMP's there could be a million reasons. You should be able to have two or more but if the number of drivers/devices in device mgr is different than the correct number that in itself could be the problem...Try UN-installing the highest number device.

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Our company VP just got a new HP Pavillion a6528p desktop. It came with Vista Home Premium and is in the process of being upgraded to Vista Ultimate (He really wanted to replace it with XP Pro but no driver support from H-P )

His much old computer got a major virus hit a few days ago and instead of trying to clean it up he decided to replace it. He would like to put the old HD in the new computer to hopefully recover his documents and then reformat it to use as additional storage. The problem is that the motherboard in the new computer has six SATA ports and even a floppy header but not parallel ATA support. It also has a free PCI slot and a couple of PCI-E slots.

I did a little bit of searching and could not find any kind of basic PCI(-e) Parallel ATA controller cards that were listed as Vista compatible. Anybody make such a card?

Would he be better off with just using an external USB enclosure?

A:Solved: Any Vista compatible PATA Controller Cards?

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looking to add 2 or 4 port don't not need raid
seen some cheap cards out there prefer pci-e can use pci-x
want sata II 3gb/s
installing 2 more dvd burners bought deal on sata optic drives
anyone with experience with the 20 dollar cards or there abouts

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I want to set up my Dell Dimension 8400 to allow an eSATA 3.0 connection. Will my host controller reject my external drive if it is operating at 3.0 instead of 1.5?

If so, can I reset the controller to accept the 3.0 drive?


A:will my controller allow sata 3.0

SATA is backwards compatible. It will just run at the slower speed. Also I haven't heard of SATA 3.0 only 2.0, but I could be out of the loop.

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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 (175 GB Free);
Motherboard: FUJITSU, D2779
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

Installed a Kingston SUV300S37A/240G SSD, in order to get the maximum benefit of the SATA 3 drive I've added a PCIE SATA 3 controller card.

System motherboard has only SATA 2 connectors. SSD works fine when connected to motherboard SATA 2 connector. In order to get the best performance from ssd I bought and installed a "no name" SATA 3 pcie controller card. With AHCI mode SSD connected to controller, boot ends with message "no operating system found". Next, installed a Syba SI-PEX 40094 IOCREST SATA 3 pcie controller card, same message, "no operating system found. During boot, with the drive attached to the controller card, bios sees the controller card and the ssd, but continues with the message "no operating system found".

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I have quite a major problem that is restricting my workflow. I hope someone can help.

My system specifications are as follows: -

1 x ASUS M2N32 WS Professional Mainboard
1 x AMD Athlon 64 X2 AM2 Dual Core 5600+
2 x 1GB Corsair TwinX XMS2 Dominator DDR2 800MHz
1 x MSI GeForce 8800GTX HD (768MB)
1 x 250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 SATA300 HDD
1 x Windows Vista Ultimate 64

I am unable to install drivers for the Serial ATA Controller that is displayed within the Device Manager and my HDD show up as an ST325062 0AS SCSI Disk Device. Even when I install the recommended driver for the Srial ATA Controller from the Windows Update website it still remains driverless. Now whether the following issues are related to this problem or not I am not sure, but I will state them here anyway.

After a certain period of time my entire system will freeze and I will have to reset my PC, although when I do it does not reset but powers down. This is continues if I use the restart command from the Windows Start Menu or automatically restart after the installation of a software package. This is extremely annoying. Having shelled out for the latest hardware in order to be compatible with Windows Vista 64 and then for this to happen is quite sickening. Can anyone help at all.

Thanks and Kind Regards


A:Sata ATA Controller...

Try the VIA SATA/RAID controller

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Can I buy a SATA 3 controller for my ASUS P5KPL-AM SE motherboard so I can achieve maximum speed on my Corsair Force 3 SSD? Or would I need to buy a new motherboard for SATA 3?

A:SATA 3 controller

They (control cards) can be easily obtained, I've given you a couple of links to get started.

HP R620 OEM 2 Port SATA III Controller Card (Non-Raid) - Scan.co.uk

Startech 1x eSATA + 1x SATA 6 Gbps PCI Express SATA Controller Card (PEXSAT31E1) [PEXSAT31E1]=

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Can anyone recommend a good PCI controller to use for 1 internal and 1 external SATA drives (would like SATA II if possible)?

A:PCI controller for SATA & E-SATA

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I have an HP a1230n with an ASUS Socket 939 motherboard and 200GB SATA drive running XP. The other day our power went out for no reason. When I restarted the machine it said "Disk Boot Failure..." After a couple of tries I got it started. After that it was harder and harder to get started, and now it wont boot at all. In the bios it does not even see that a HDD is present. Neither does the Windows Recovery Console. I put the drive in another machine and XP booted right up from it, no problem, and all my data was there. I put another drive with Vista on it in the machine and it was not recognized at all either.

I thought it was a BIOS problem. After a long story I was able to update the BIOS successfully. But it still does not see any hard drives. ???

Should I try getting a PCI SATA controller, or should I just get a new motherboard?

A:Can SATA controller on MOBO die?

Does the BIOS see the drive after you push the reset button or ctrl+alt+del at the error message to reboot? (Do not power off!) Does the HD actually spin up?

Maybe the PSU was damaged so that it can't supply enough power to spin ip the HD? Make sure you have no CDs in drives. Try the HD on another molex connector?

Yes, of course, any component can go bad..

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Is WD10JPVX 1 TB HDD compatible for my laptop -- Pavilion notebook 15eoo7-tu  and does my laptop's BIOS and SATA controller can handle this format (WD10JPVX 1 TB HDD).

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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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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
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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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First of all greetings to you all, as you can see I?m new in here, but I do hope that there is someone in here that can help me.

I have an older computer, so when I bought a new hard drive I also bought a PCI controller so I could buy a SATA hard drive.

My problem is this.

To transfer files to and from the disk no problem.
Browsing the HD when I had some files there seemed ok, I couldn?t notice any problems.
But when I try to watch a small movie in DivX on that drive, my computer freeze so I have to reboot. I have tried the same movie file on my other drive, and it opens and plays perfect.

The controller I bought is this:

The hard drive I bought is this one:

It?s formatted as standard. I haven?t any partition on it, its just on big disk of 400 GB.

It?s a jumper back on the hard drive that in some rare cases have to be used.
It?s a SATA 1.5GB/s speed limit jumper setting (Only for SATA 3,0GB/s products)

Well I tried this jumper, then my computer freeze right away when I opened my new HD.?

I hope someone can help me out.


A:Problems with PCI SATA controller

Well, if you had asked beforehand, we would have told you that SiI products are crap

Try updating the card's firmware and download the latest drivers from the internet.

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First of all sorry if i'm thick, i'm not exactly "in the know" when it comes to more techinical computer problems....... I have recently bought a 300g sata hd and a sata controller card. I am trying to set this up using windows xp on my original hd as it won't recognise the new hardware at all in bios. When windows loads up it recognises the new hardware (SATA card) and installs the drivers but will not recognise the new hd. There is a "Silicon Image SATA Controllers" icon in my control panel but when I click onto that there are no available controllers. I have tried uninstalling/reinstalling the drivers but the problem persists. I have dl a flash update for the bios but as it wont recognise the card this is useless at the moment..... Anyone with half a clue please let me know.........

Many thanks in advance

A:SATA PCI Controller problems

What you need to do is click on your start button, then click on the run, and type diskmgmt.msc. Then locate your new hard drive and right click on it and partition it then right click on it again and format it.
Once that is done it should show up in Windows and work perfectly well.

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I've got a HP Pavilion p6210y pc and none of the SATA controllers work ( hard drive tested, won't see SATA cd ROM either). My question is it worth a try installing a PCI Express x 1 card with internal SATA?

A:Sata controller dead?

Is the controller turned on in the BIOS?

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hey guys, is there a way to known if the serial ata controller on my motherboard is defective?

cause since 3 days now, my system is totally freezing while i'm burning or transfering file from one hard drive to another...

I ran Western Digital diagnostic's extended test on all my 3 hard drives, and they are OK.

My serial ata cable are fine also.

So the only thing i have in mind is that my sata controlelr on the motherboard is scrap.

my motherboard is a DFI lanparty ut nf4 ultra-d

my OS is windows xp pro with sp2

is there a program that will bench/test the serial controller ont he motherboard ?

or is there a visible way by looking at the board to see if it's defect or not?

tanks in advance

A:SATA controller might be messed up?

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I have a Dell E310 I have 2 SATA ports in the board that are used up needed more ports I installed SAta PCI card and as usual windows detects and ask for drivers did that then it restarts eveyrthing good in device manager...

I turned off PC to move my HDD to check to see if card works and windows doesnt detect my HDD its now missing when i goto bios and select RAID controller on I get a waqrning that I might have to reinstall the OS to have raid on which in this case it did that missing NTLDR...

is there any other way besides installing OS and select raid ontroller option if so no big deal i'll do that just so it's all good...

A:SATA controller question for XP pro SP3

When you enable RAID, then the controller by the RAID BIOS and not the main BIOS. So i is clearly normal that the main BIOS wont see the drive. otherwise, you won't be using RAID...

Right click "my computer icon", then manage. In disk management, the new disk (created with the 2 in the array) should be there. Partition, format

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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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PCI SATA controller be bootable on a Dell and be recognized in windows installation. if there is any suggestion please post me a link or a product that i can buy under $35
its a Dell Dimension 4700C (Slim, Compact)
it does have a PCI but it is used by a phone modem so i can remove it but it needs a SATA controller that is bootable and does not require a driver so windows installation sees it and i do not have a floppy drive in the computer mainly do to its small slim design and there is no way of getting one in there.

just send me links of one that is bootable and can be detected in bios and in Windows installation

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Hi, I have a really convoluted problem, which I think boils down to me having lost the control sector in my HDD after a format. I think!? I'll explain the sorry chain of events.

I have 2x Maxtor 6L30050 and an ASUS A8N-SLI Premium. I had an install of Vista on the machine, which was not working out for me - went to XP, but that install messed up due to the disc (not all data wrote). Went for an install of 2K I had lying around just to get something on there and in formatting the disk for this 2k install, I think I lost something.

Originally, the OS setup screen looked like this:

Cartitional (NTFS) xxxxxxMB xxxxxxMB
Unpartitioned Space 8MB

Dartitional (NTFS) xxxxxxMB xxxxxxMB
Unpartitioned Space 8MB

The 2k format I did for the (failed) 2k install was NTFS to NTFS (Vista to 2k stylee I guess?), but when looking at the HDDs in the OS setup after the 2k instal format, I then got this:

Cartitional (unknown) xxxxxxMB xxxxxxMB

Dartitional (NTFS) xxxxxxMB xxxxxxMB
Unpartitioned Space 8MB

I'd lost the first unpartitioned space on C, and it's saying 'unknown' as the file structure.

Long story short - the 2k install didn't work. I got a better copy of XP, but when trying to install this, after selecting the disk (C and copying the install files - after the reboot, a message comes up 'A disk read error occured'.

So I have no o/s on there and the HD seems unusable.

Have I broken my HDD? Or do I need t... Read more

A:Not sure if need SATA controller, chipset, etc...

The 6L30050 is a Sata, therefore you don't need the F6 driver.

Beside it never hurts to try.

Plus I runs A8N-SLI SE, so you can try your luck on the cd.

Try look for the IDE driver and it is should be there.

Plus, if this problem insists, you may RMA these hard drives for a free replacement if it is under warranty.

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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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Having problems with a system I built a couple years back for someone, it keeps failing to boot with a disk read error which temporarily vanishes if you change the SATA port which the boot drive is connected to (but always re-surfaces a few hours/days later).
It has managed to boot through this error a few times but the disk runs extremely slowly, cant even tell you how slowly as opening utilities is difficult. Event viewer is full of disk errors, but this seems to be a side effect rather then pointing to the cause.

Specs as follows:
C2D E8400
500GB Seagate Barracuda
ATI Gpu which I cant remember the model of

Started off with a full error check on an occasion it was working fine, came up clean, so combined with the other hints all I can guess at is that there's a problem with the SATA controller. I'm just a bit skeptical of this though as I had an ASUS P5KPL/C-1600 based system (which previously used the cpu+memory from this machine) that had very similar problems to this before I upgraded, although less severe as I could switch SATA ports and it would run perfectly fine for months.

Already checked the ASUS updates and there doesnt seem to be anything useful in terms of BIOS updates, so am at a bit of a loss unless someone's come across a similar issue before and could point me in the right direction of a solution. I find it hard to believe that 2 of my mobo's have had exactly the same issue due to a controller going bad.

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So anyways, i want to flash my xbox 360 and i need to know which SATA controller out of this list is the right one,

and which port shall i plug my SATA cable (goes to the xbox) into

UMM my motherboard is an Asus M3N78

help is REALLY appreciated.

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Hi, i'm trying to install XP on a SATA HD. I cannot seem to find these proper drivers which i need to let it do its thing. I have the Mobo CD. It is a Asus P4PE.

Any help wouold be great


A:promise controller SATA win XP

we're sorted now don't worry!!!

It was to do with putting the driver files in the root of the floppy and not in the proper winXP directory

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