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    Default X99 Extreme 6ac eSATA

    Does anyone know if the eSATA on this board supports port multiplier? Does anyone know the name of the chipset controlling eSATA for this board?


    I am trying to connect a Mediasonic ProBox HF2-SU3S2 4 Bay 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure with 4 1TB drives to the eSATA port but for some reason it is not recognized. On the bios, only one hard drive is detected. However, I get nothing in Windows 7. Mediasonic says the eSATA must support port multiplier. How can I find this out? The ASRock site does not provide any information on this.


    Any help is appreciated.

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    Default Re: X99 Extreme 6ac eSATA

    The eSATA port is shared with one of the 10 sata ports of the Intel chipset X99 (connector SSATA3_3). As far as I know Intel SATA ports don't provide port multiplier.
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    Default Re: X99 Extreme 6ac eSATA

    If you are considering an aftermarket port multiplier, keep in mind that the Mediasonic web page for your external 4-bay hard drive enclosure says:

    Important Note: When connecting via eSATA interface, customer's computer hardware needs to have Port Multiplier w/ FIS-based switching in order to access multiple HDDs simultaneously.
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    Default Re: X99 Extreme 6ac eSATA

    Thanks for the response. That is what I was afraid of.

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    Default Re: X99 Extreme 6ac eSATA

    You're welcome.

    I saw that parsec provided excellent information to your question in the "other" ASRock forum.

    A web search using: x99 lsi sas/sata card shows that the ASRock X79 Extreme11 included an LSI raid controller card but it looks like a similar aftermarket setup would cost at least $200 and possibly much more.
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