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    Default EX58-UD4P and SATA drive connections

    Hi everyone. First posting on this great forum!

    I have two HDD (300GB Velociraptor and 1TB Cavier). I don't plan to RAID them, but I'd like to optimize their performance. As such, I have a few questions about how to connect them to the UD4P and what drivers to use:

    1. There are 6 SATA ports controlled by the ICH10R, and 2 controlled by the Gigabyte controller. Does it matter performance-wise which ports I use?

    2. I installed the eSATA bracket. Again, is there a preference on which motherboard SATA ports I plug these into?

    3. As far as drivers, even though I'm not using RAID, I still need to install drivers for AHCI support, correct? Is this what I want? It looks like without installing drivers, the drives are treated as IDE devices, correct? Is there a downside to this?

    4.
    My OS is Windows 7 RTM (Build 7600). I think the drivers I need for the ICH10R controller are the "Intel Matrix Storage Manager", correct? If so, it looks like they may not be supported yet on the RTM build. I downloaded the latest version (8.9.0.1023) and ran the EXE, but it said that my system was not supported. Am I hosed until Intel provides an updated version?

    5. Gigabyte has drivers for their SATA controller (1.17.42.09g). Should I install this version or get them from JMicron (1.17.50)?

    Thanks for all the help.


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    Default Re: EX58-UD4P and SATA drive connections

    First read this http://downloadmirror.intel.com/17882/eng/readme.txt
    You can try to install windows 7 as IDE in SATAII_0 Then you install the version (8.9.0.1023) drivers in Windows 7 then shut down your computer when you boot up you go into bios and set SATAII_0 as AHCI
    When installing the eSATA connectors use SATAII_4 or 5 be sure that the setting for this is in AHCI for your eSATA drives as well for hot swap. The jmicron is for the GSATAII. You may want to save it for RAID later.
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    Onboard H/W LAN [Enabled]
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    Onboard LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
    Onboard SATA/IDE Device [Enabled] GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip
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    Default Re: EX58-UD4P and SATA drive connections

    Thanks for the reply. I added my comments below:

    > You can try to install windows 7 as IDE in SATAII_0

    OK, that's where I have my Velociraptor connected

    > Then you install the version (8.9.0.1023) drivers in Windows 7

    That's where I'm having the problem. The installation starts, but then stops with:

    The computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software.

    > then shut down your computer when you boot up you go into bios and set SATAII_0 as AHCI

    OK, that makes sense (once I can get the driver installed)

    > When installing the eSATA connectors use SATAII_4 or 5 be sure that the setting for this is in AHCI for your eSATA drives as well for hot swap. The jmicron is for the GSATAII. You may want to save it for RAID later.

    So it sounds like your recommendation is to not use the Gigabyte SATA controller unless I'm planning to use RAID.

    Has anyone been able to install the Intel Matrix Storage Manager (8.9.0.1023) on Windows 7 RTM?

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    If you have the AHCI enabled in bios initially when installing Windows 7 you need to use the F6 drivers on cd or usb or floppy
    Read this http://downloadmirror.intel.com/17882/eng/readme.txt
    > You can try to install windows 7 as IDE in SATAII_0
    When you do the initial Windows 7 install the bios setting must be.
    SATA RAID/AHCI Mode [disabled] = PATA
    SATA Port0-3 Native Mode [disabled] = Legacy mode
    This equals PATA mode. For the initial Windows 7 installation.
    After this you install the Intel Matrix Storage Manager version (8.9.0.1023) in Windows 7 then shut down when you reboot go into bios and make the changes
    SATA RAID/AHCI Mode [AHCI] = AHCI
    SATA Port0-3 Native Mode [enabled]
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    Default Re: EX58-UD4P and SATA drive connections

    SATA Brackets can be installed on any ports that are left over, but you want your OS On SATA2_0 and your dvd drive/drives on the last ports SATA_4/5

    You may also leave those brackets out if you do not plan to ever use them.

    AHCI would require a clean install and you to choose AHCI in the BIOS before installing. AHCI is not going to be any faster than IDE mode though, so not really a need to do thing for performance. IDE Mode is just Gigabyte's way of saying NOT RAID OR AHCI, there is no performance hit and the drives are operating at full SATAII Speeds.

    Intel drivers will work just fine, but only if your BIOS is set properly (AHCI/RAID) before trying to install your OS then the Intel drivers. Other than that you do not need to install any drivers if you use IDE mode

    Gigabyte/J.Micron drivers I suggest you do not use unless you plan to connect a RAID to those ports, otherwise you will have issues

    Let us know if you need more help

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    Default Re: EX58-UD4P and SATA drive connections

    Thanks for the replies Lsdmeasap and artdrivers. That led me to open up my case and recheck my SATA connections. Good thing I did since I had both HDDs connected to the GSATA ports and the eSATA bracket connected to the SATA_0/1 ports! I think this explains why I was getting the error when trying to install the Intel drivers.

    I fixed things so that both HDDs connect to the SATA_0/1 ports and the eSATA bracket connects to the SATA_4/5 ports (my CD/DVD drives are IDE).

    I then chose AHCI in the BIOS, did a clean install of Windows 7, and selected the Intel drivers at the start of the install from a USB drive. This time it correctly picked the ICH10R driver and installed it.

    I saw your reply about AHCI and non-AHCHI (IDE) after doing the install, so I'll just leave it that way. It's good to know that performance-wise, there's no difference.

    Thanks again!

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    Default Re: EX58-UD4P and SATA drive connections

    Nice to see you got it all setup smoothly now!! Ya, I wish they would add something in the manual that OS should go into the first drive (0) if only one drive, or 0-x if using RAID. Would help users out a lot

    Post back anytime if you have anymore questions or issues

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    Default Re: EX58-UD4P and SATA drive connections

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Post back anytime if you have anymore questions or issues
    OK, well maybe just one more

    Continuing the discussion on drivers, here is what I was planning to install:

    Audio: R2.30, from the Realtek website

    LAN: 7.5.730.2009, from the Realtek website

    Intel Chipset: 9.1.0.1007, from the Gigabyte website

    Do those sound right? Any other drivers that I should install?

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    Default Re: EX58-UD4P and SATA drive connections

    yes that sounds right.. You can find the latest version of drivers and utilities here. latest-overclocking-programs-system-info-benchmarking-stability-tools Post 2 has the drivers.
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    Default Re: EX58-UD4P and SATA drive connections

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Ya, I wish they would add something in the manual that OS should go into the first drive (0) if only one drive, or 0-x if using RAID. Would help users out a lot
    Could you explain the technical reason for putting the OS on SATA2_0?
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