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Windows 7: How do I use the two white sata 6gbs ports ?


05 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How do I use the two white sata 6gbs ports ?

This is going to make me look really stupid but on old award bios I was able to figure this out, but I am new to UEFI. How do I use the two grey/white ports on my motherboard. This is my exact model https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/SA...X_R20/#support and here is a pic of it. I just want to use them to hook up two hard drives, no raid config or anything, just use them as normal sata ports.



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05 Feb 2014   #2

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

It is recommended to use the chipset native ports (the brown ones) for your boot drive and OS. So if you just have 2 drives to use then use those. They are 6GB SATA so no loss in performance.

If you just want to know how you would use the 2 ASMedia SATA ports then you need to first make sure that the controller is enabled in BIOS. You will usually find this setting in the Onboard Devices Configuration section, usually on the Advanced Tab.

One note: modern UEFI BIOS with graphical user interface will start up in "EZ Mode". Switch this to "Advanced Mode" to get a more recognizable BIOS.

After checking to be sure the ASMedia Controller is enabled you then want to be sure the driver is installed. Check the downloads section.

Once enabled, and drivers installed, you will use these ports just like any of the other brown ones, with the exception that they may not work until the OS starts. If Asus installs BIOS drivers in their download package then they will work always.
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05 Feb 2014   #3

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

It's just a matter of installing the asmedia drivers from your mobo cd and then configure in bios. Your board has six amd sata ports and two asm sata ports. I use all eight on my asus board. The amd ports are preferred.

You can find more about this at the rog forum.
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05 Feb 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Problem solved, I did a repair install on the asmedia drivers and now everything works a-ok, Thank you for those that made attempts to help my foolish self.
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