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Thread: H97M Pro4 - 6 SATA sockets, 7 SATA devices; which SATA controller?




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    Default Re: H97M Pro4 - 6 SATA sockets, 7 SATA devices; which SATA controller?

    Quote Originally Posted by - wardog - View Post
    IIRC, yes. Unfortunately.
    Er,,, unless the OS was originally installed as/onto RAID that is. Then, yes, RAIDed OS would be allowed.
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    Default Re: H97M Pro4 - 6 SATA sockets, 7 SATA devices; which SATA controller?

    Here is my setup, which I have not yet finished because I am trying to rearrange the cables to maximize airflow inside the case. Along with that, I have to make sure the PCIe card for my 7th SATA device will work with the setup I have.

    Xigmatek Vanguard MicroATX Case

    ASRock H97M Pro4

    Intel Core i7-4790

    Corsair H75 Cooler (mounted in rear fan bay, with 120mm fans in front of and behind radiator)

    All 1TB laptop drives; Toshiba drives are SATA 2.0:
    C: Seagate ST1000LM014 SSHD (SATA_0)
    Hybrid drive for Windows 7 Pro x64

    F: HGST H2T1000854S (SATA_1)
    Either for Acronis Secure Zone (via Acronis True Image 2015/2016) or as a Win7 mirrored drive. I have not yet decided.

    G: Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (SATA_2)
    Data drive

    H: Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (SATA_3)
    Data drive

    Optical drives:
    D: Lite-on iHBS212 Blu-ray Burner (SATA_4)
    E: Lite-On iHAS524 DVD Burner (SATA_5)

    Connected to mSATA/SATA 3.0 PCIe card:
    X: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001
    Full-sized 2TB HD as Master Backup

    My Master Backup drive will be connected to this:





    This is available at eBay, but it is also available at the following sites:

    SEDNA - PCI Express mSATA III (6G) SSD Adapter with 1 SATA III port

    and

    mSATA+SATA 3 HDD/SSD PCI-e express Controller adapter Card [PCIE020B] - $15.99 : sintech adapter shop



    It comes with an installation CD with various software drivers, but I assume the ASM1061 folder is the one containing the proper driver for this card.

    Now, given what I have read from the instructions (which are confusing), and assuming the motherboard is AHCI/NCQ-compliant, it suggests that you have to install this item after installing Windows...

    ...But what I want to know is, does anyone else have this board? And if so, has anyone tried to install the hardware drivers as he or she was installing Win7? At the screen where it asks, "Where do you want to install Windows?", there is an option which reads "Load Driver".



    Is it safe to load the hardware driver at this point, or should I remove the card before turning on the machine to install Win7, and install Win7 before inserting the card and installing the driver? I assume I should check my UEFI to see if the machine recognizes this card and the 2TB drive plugged into it; and if not, the driver must be installed.
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    Default Re: H97M Pro4 - 6 SATA sockets, 7 SATA devices; which SATA controller?

    Only connect the HDD you want Win7 to install to, no others.

    With two or more connected there is a chance Win7 will split itself across two disks.

    After Win7 is installed, have at connecting the remainder.

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    Default Re: H97M Pro4 - 6 SATA sockets, 7 SATA devices; which SATA controller?

    I noticed how Windows splits across hard drives when I tried installing WinXP a few years back. Same with one of my early Win7 installations. Obviously my hybrid drive will be the only one connected when I'm ready to install Win7.

    Now, with regard to my PCIe mSATA/SATA 3.0 card, would I be better off inserting the card and checking my UEFI before I install Win7 and load the ASM1061 driver as I install Win7? Or should I leave the card out and install Win7 before I insert the card and install the driver?

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    No. Only that hybrid drive connected. Complete everything else after Windows installation is finished.

    Also, if you're like me, right at the get go disable Windows Update from including hardware drivers.
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    Default Re: H97M Pro4 - 6 SATA sockets, 7 SATA devices; which SATA controller?

    My hybrid drive is my main drive (Win7 Pro x64). If I should decide to get an mSATA SSD for my mSATA/SATA 3.0 PCIe card (where I will install Win10 Pro x64), would you recommend 120GB or 250GB? Most of my main programs will be in my Win7 setup, though I will have drivers for both Win7 and Win10.

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    Default Re: H97M Pro4 - 6 SATA sockets, 7 SATA devices; which SATA controller?

    It works. My mSATA card shows up in my UEFI under "Boot Option Priorities", and it shows up in Windows 10.

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