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    Default Z77 Extreme6 - Is it possible to connect a 9th SATA device?

    I have the Z77 Extreme6, which comes with 8 SATA sockets, all of which are connected:

    SATA3_A1: 2TB Seagate Barracuda (SATA 3.0)
    SATA3_A2: Reserved for eSATA device
    SATA3_0, 3_1: Two 500GB Seagate Momentus XT Hybrids (SATA 3.0)
    SATA2_2, 2_3: Two 500GB Momentus XT Hybrids (SATA 2.0)
    SATA2_4, 2_5: Blu-ray burner, DVD burner

    Is there a theoretical way to connect another SATA device (not that it matters that much to me), even though I have used up all the SATA sockets on the motherboard?

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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme6 - Is it possible to connect a 9th SATA device?

    Not without buying an add-in PCI(-e) sata controller card.
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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme6 - Is it possible to connect a 9th SATA device?

    Quote Originally Posted by - wardog - View Post
    Not without buying an add-in PCI(-e) sata controller card.
    Assuming that those who own Win7--and have already reserved Win10--can install Win10 to another drive the sooner it's available for download, will any of these suffice as a receptacle for a 9th SATA device?

    SEDNA PCI Express (PCIe) SATA III (6G) SSD Adapter with 1 SATA III Port - Newegg.com

    Sonnet - Tempo SSD PCIe Card Adapter

    If not these, which PCIE SATA controller card would you recommend? I intend to use an SSD as my Win10 boot device, if the reserve procedure will allow me to install it to another drive, rather than overwrite my Win7.
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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme6 - Is it possible to connect a 9th SATA device?

    Just reading your post again - I have no experience using the add on SSD's you mention.

    For normal add on SATA card I would say anything not ASMedia, etc. I have a thread here where I was trying to add extra SATA ports and a SATA II using Silicon Graphics drivers was MUCH better than anything with other 3rd party drives SATA III. Let me look for it.

    I think Parsec gave me the guidance - I still have the card (no longer in use I upgraded the MB) but its 2x external SATA II which would not suit you.
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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme6 - Is it possible to connect a 9th SATA device?

    Quote Originally Posted by CookyMonzta View Post
    Assuming that those who own Win7--and have already reserved Win10--can install Win10 to another drive the sooner it's available for download, will any of these suffice as a receptacle for a 9th SATA device?.
    Your board won't be able to boot from an add-on SATA card. You must exchange your new boot drive to one of your optical/storage drives connected to native ports.

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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme6 - Is it possible to connect a 9th SATA device?

    Quote Originally Posted by bahram_alinezhad View Post
    Your board won't be able to boot from an add-on SATA card. You must exchange your new boot drive to one of your optical/storage drives connected to native ports.
    In other words, I must move my DVD burner (plugged into SATA2_5) to the PCIE SATA controller card, and plug my SSD into one of the SATA sockets on my motherboard, yes?

    Would it be possible for me to move my 2TB Master Backup drive (plugged into SATA3_A1) to the PCIE card, and use that socket for my SSD? Or better yet, abandon the eSATA socket (which hardly has any use these days thanks to USB 3.0), and plug my SSD into SATA3_A2?
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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme6 - Is it possible to connect a 9th SATA device?

    Quote Originally Posted by CookyMonzta View Post
    In other words, I must move my DVD burner (plugged into SATA2_5) to the PCIE SATA controller card, and plug my SSD into one of the SATA sockets on my motherboard, yes?

    Would it be possible for me to move my 2TB Master Backup drive (plugged into SATA3_A1) to the PCIE card, and use that socket for my SSD? Or better yet, abandon the eSATA socket (which hardly has any use these days thanks to USB 3.0), and plug my SSD into SATA3_A2?
    The second choice is preferred as you may need your DVD drive for booting and OS installing.
    Also note that usually the eSATA is bootable as well as other native ports.

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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme6 - Is it possible to connect a 9th SATA device?

    The following information is from your motherboard's specs:

    Sata3
    • 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Intel® Z77, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, Intel Rapid Storage and Intel Smart Response Technology), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug functions
    • 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by ASMedia ASM1061, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug functions (SATA3_A2 connector is shared with eSATA3 port)
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    Default Re: Z77 Extreme6 - Is it possible to connect a 9th SATA device?

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    The following information is from your motherboard's specs:

    Sata3
    • 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Intel® Z77, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, Intel Rapid Storage and Intel Smart Response Technology), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug functions
    • 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by ASMedia ASM1061, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug functions (SATA3_A2 connector is shared with eSATA3 port)
    Which is why I intend to abandon the eSATA port in order to use SATA3_A2 with my SSD. That is, assuming Microsoft will allow us to install my reserved Win10 to another (empty) drive, rather than overwrite my Win7 as an upgrade.

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