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Sata III PCI cards for computer with SATA II ports on mobo

Q: Sata III PCI cards for computer with SATA II ports on mobo

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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My Box config

AMD athlon 64bit 2800+

ASUS K8-VX Mother board

want to upgrade to 500 gigs or if possible to 1tb Sata HDD

Problem is
1) Mother board is old done almost 3 years
2) I don't know what version of SATA will be supported
Please advise

Thanks in advance for your answers


A:Need to upgrade to SATA Not sure if it is sata or sata II which my mobo supports

I don't know why, but everytime I go to asus, they're hving site maintenance
Anyway see if you can click on Specifications there
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Even though I do have another set of SATA power connectors they may not reach spot where SSD will be. Any way to power a SATA device separate from power supply?

Best options if any?

System specs in profile page.

A:SATA Mobo cluster full. What are my options for more ports?

Honestly, your best option for simplicity and performance is to simplify. That's a crazy amount of drives to have in one system. If that was my system, I'd leave one SSD, and then add in 2 2 TB drives, or set up a cheap WHS box to store much of my data that isn't needed on a daily basis.
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The Gigabyte manual and the web site are devoid of any explanation. On the face of it both controllers seem to be capable of the same 3Gb/s speeds.

A:Solved: Gigabyte mobo with choice of SATA ports/controllers

I suspect the purple sata points are for a RAID setup,
If they are RAID is normally printed nearby on the motherboard, to be sure you need to check the motherboard manual
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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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A:Will SATA II mobo headers accept SATA I drive?

Yes, sata 3gb/s ports(commonly called sata II), are designed to be backward compatible. I'm using a sata I hd on my sata 3gb/s port on my chaintech vnf4/ultra, so yeah, it works.
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This will probably be ok but I would check with Acer first.
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A:Will I still see good speeds using a SATA 3 SSD on a SATA 2 mobo?

Yes sir you will. Regular hard drives don't even use the max bandwidth speed of Sata II, and its still tricky to get the full speed of Sata III, so you will notice a very good speed improvement with what you have. I have done this very thing in the past
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if not, what is a good way to tr shoot? The device mgr in windows put this drive name in the hard drive list.

A:can new sata II 1 tb hd work with a sata i mobo?

If the drive is detected then the SATA 1/5 versus 3.0 is not likely an issue.

But the drive needs to be initialized, partitioned and formated before it will get a driver letter and be accessible.

To do that you must use Disk Management and here's how:
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A:Sata 3 from 2 X Sata 2 Ports ?

You don't need to configure anything. Just plug it in as you would any SATA hard drive.
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A:How to get SATA on non-SATA mobo

Doesn't need to be an external drive, there is an internal connector for drive.
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A:best sata II cards

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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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A:3 sata hd's, 2 ports

Hotswap has to be supported by your SATA controller, by your SATA drivers and by your SATA drives. If any of these is NHP (non-hot-plug) then you risk serious data loss and/or hardware damage when you go shuffling the drives around.

An external USB-SATA enclosure would be much more useful and convenient.
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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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A:no boot device available sata 0: installed sata 1: installed sata 2: none sata 3: non
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A:active all sata ports

Have you tried enabling it in the BIOS? Sometimes the sata port can be disabled.
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A:Marvell SATA ports

You may need to enable SATA in the BIOS.
The biggest problem seems to be getting the correct drivers.
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You wouldn't need to set it up, just plug and play.
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How would you connect these drives?

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A:Confused about SATA ports

If it were me doing the build, I would connect both the ssd and hard drives to the intel controller. Both marvell and j micron are not noted as being quality sata controllers.

Remember no mech hard drive even comes close to sata1 speeds. It is irrelevant whether the mech hard drive is sata2 or 3; it is never going to give you more than 100mps or so. If you really must use the marvell pci controller, then put the 2 drives you are going to raid on there. Again I would not do this however if you must use raid, then use the controller card.

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A:Problem with SATA ports

Hey John,

Here's the details for your SATA ports below. You would want the Asmedia SATA Controller Driver V1.3.4.0 driver. You might also double check to make sure that this SATA port is still enabled in your BIOS.

Intel? Z77 chipset :
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Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
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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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A:mobo sata

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A:Both sata and ide on same mobo

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A:IDE and SATA HD on the same mobo?

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Hello, No, you have 3 ports available and "independent" : 2x SATAs and 1x M.2 2280. You can connected 3 devices.
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Hello Farbods0, and welcome to Seven Forums.

On page 49 of your motherboard's manual (PDF file), check in BIOS to make sure that you have the Onchip SATA controller enabled with the type set to AHCI.

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Those 4 ports are for raid configuration only, so you cannot use them for individual hard drives.

Four Serial ATA ports via integrated RAID controller
3.0 Gb/s
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Intel® Matrix Storage Technology
Support for RAID and non-RAID drive configuration
Four Serial ATA ports via on-board discrete RAID controller
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Support for RAID drive configuration only Click to expand...

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Nice PDF on that board here

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A:[SOLVED] Add Extra SATA Ports


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You can use something like this card;

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Ah yes, the good ol' nForce4 chipset

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Quote: Originally Posted by pstein

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Hello Peter and welcome to the forum

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You can either change the SATA drive in the Bios to IDE, or you can slipstream your driver into you XP CD using nLIte.
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A:Will mobo handle both sata and ide drives?

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A:Installation of XP on MOBO/SATA drive

A clean install is one done to a hard drive...that has no prior XP install on it.

<<I have all the updates installed, "I think".>>

What updates to what?

There is no need to use any utility with the XP "prep" the hard drive.

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Install Driver ...
If driver is not the issue Update the BIOS ...

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A:Solved: On the Mobo: SATA or GSATA?

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A:Gigabyte Mobo forcing IDE over SATA

I'm not sure what you mean. Where are you seeing the drive identified as IDE?
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A:Will my MOBO support a SATA drive?

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Was the system set up with the drives arranged the other way? Try using a different SATA port for the HDD.

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A:Trouble migrating an IDE drive to SATA mobo

hit f8 during boot up....go to advanced boot your "enter"...startup repair
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A:No boot after switching HDD Sata order on Mobo

Try a startup repair and run it 3 seperate times...

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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