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    Exclamation Help Noobie with SATA3 install

    I have labored over the instructions/directions for the Asmedia 106x SATA Host Controller and am completely confused! Can someone advise?

    I am close to completing my build: (this is a new install)

    • ASROCK H61iCafe
    • Intel i3-2120
    • Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2
    • HITACHI 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
    • Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)


    The readme.txt file seems to imply that the drivers can be installed when the OS is installed by the F6 method (section 5.3), or that it can be installed after the OS is installed by the InstallShield method (Section 5.2), or by the method described in section 5.1)
    Section 5.1 says, “if you are installing this driver on a system configured for IDE mode, you need to do ….”
    Section 5.2 says, “This method is applicable to systems configured for RAID or AHCI mode.”
    Section 5.3 is the “Pre-Installation Using the F6 Method.”
    Just to muddy the waters a little more, there are references in the readme.txt file to SCSI drives also.
    Arrrrr!

    I am pretty sure that I do not want RAID. My OS will be on the SSD, and data on the Hitachi HD.

    Can anyone tell me (in simple steps that an eighth grader can follow) what the best method is to install this driver?

    Thanks in advance.

    P.S. I assume that once the OS is installed, I will begin installing other device drivers: Chipset, USB3, sound, LAN, VGA. Do I have the logic and order correct?
    P.P.S Are the drivers on the ASROCK site the most recent or are there better sites? Where would I look for firmware updates?



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    Default Re: Help Noobie with SATA3 install

    Hi welcome to the Forums,

    I would plug the SSD into Sata3_1(white port), plug your hdd into sata2-0 (blue port).

    Enter the bios/uefi and set both sata2 and sata3 ports to ahci. Save and exit. Renter the bios/uefi and make sure the hdd boot order has the SSD first in list.

    If your installing win7 no drivers will be needed during the install as win7 has them built in. Just make sure you select to install on the SSD not the hdd.

    After Win7 install, install all other drivers as you have listed. If you want to check for more recent drivers you can go the MFR website of the device and see if they have it listed.

    The latest bios/uefi is 1.70 according to ASrocks website there are some notes with it see here ASRock > Products > Motherboard > H61iCafe > Download. To me they look to only pertain to the Ivy Bridge cpus that are being released shortly.

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    Default Re: Help Noobie with SATA3 install

    Thanks for the reply. It was very helpful.
    The major thrust of my question was about the SATA3 driver. How do I install it? F6? Run the Setup.exe post OS install? When do I change the BIOS to ACHI? What are all the references to IDE/RAID/SCSI? Still a little confused!

    I think (hope) that I added my build specs to my signature.

    Thanks.
    • ASROCK H61iCafe
    • Intel i3-2120
    • Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2
    • HITACHI 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
    • Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    • Budget machine...no OC, onboard Video, Standard CPU Fan

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    Default Re: Help Noobie with SATA3 install

    Yes no need to press F6 doing win7 install. If you want to install the drivers after windows is installed then run the setup.exe.

    You set the bios/uefi to ahci before you install windows. If you install windows while it set to ide or raid you will have to make registry changes to allow you to switch them with out having to re-install.

    IDE is legacy mode back before sata. Raid is well raid see here Standard RAID levels - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Scsi is a whole another type of connection. You would need a add in card what has a scsi type connector on it. Ahci was intraduced with sata see here Advanced Host Controller Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Haswell i7 4770k - 4.7Ghz @ 1.330v LLC Extreme (L310B492)
    G.Skill F3-1700CL9D-8GBXM DDR3-2133mhz 9-11-10-28 1.65v @ 2800mhz 12-14-14-35 1.7v
    Samsung Green 8GB 2x4GB MV-3V4G3D/US DDR3 1.3v 30nn @ 2200Mhz 11-11-11-32 1.60v
    Sapphire ATI HD 7970 3GB clocked 1200MHz @ 1.181v.
    HiS ATI HD 6950
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot Drive) on Intel sata3 controller port0
    Corsair Force GT 120 GB Sata3 SSD on Intel sata3 controller port1
    Samsung 320GB HD322GJ 7200 RPM 16M cache on Intel sata3 controller port2
    Sony Optiarc DVD-RW AD-7240S on Intel sata3 controller port5
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    Default Re: Help Noobie with SATA3 install

    Thanks. That helps a lot!
    • ASROCK H61iCafe
    • Intel i3-2120
    • Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2
    • HITACHI 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
    • Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    • Budget machine...no OC, onboard Video, Standard CPU Fan

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