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Windows 7: External 2 Port SATA III Controller

31 Jul 2011   #11
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I wouldn't object to some internal ports, but all that I really care about are external. After reading a review on my motherboard:

AnandTech - ASRock 890FX Deluxe: Comprehensive Motherboard Review & Investigation of Thuban Performance Scaling

I noticed that it said that the built-in eSATA connectors on the back i/o are connected to the Marvell controller, just as the two motherboard ports on the left side of the mb, and that if two drives are connected there, with both eSATA ports also being used, that it will result in a BSOD. That isn't the same as the booting problem that I'm having the the drives powered up on the controller card, but I kind of feel that the problems are connected in some fashion, even though there is two different controllers involved. If that is true, then I'm uncertain that it would be any different with a different card.

I thought about connecting the external drives to the back I/O ports, instead of the card, but if I do that, I would be short of ports for my internal drives...unless I installed an internal controller card, but who knows if that would work either?


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31 Jul 2011   #12
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

You'll have to try it, but I believe that just 1 internal Marvell port is connected to the rear esata. That's the way mine is. And the Anandtech article said that if the rear esata port is used and Both marvell ports are used.

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31 Jul 2011   #13
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

You are correct. For some reason, I was thinking that there were 2 eSATA ports on the I/O, but there is only one, and that would not work very well for my 2 external drives, and since I need all of the internal ports to run the hardware, I couldn't sacrifice one. I keep running into a stone wall.
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31 Jul 2011   #14
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Then maybe you should use both Marvell internal ports and get a card like you were looking at for external ports, or I have seen pricier cards with 2 internal and 2 external ports. I just don't remember where. And you can get sata to esata cables and run internal hardware from external ports, like the pass through USB 3.0 ports.
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31 Jul 2011   #15
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

We've gone full circle. That still leaves the question of whether any controller card, either external, internal or combo, would work any better than the one that I have? As far as the SATA pass through, I have thought about that, but it would still cut down the number of internal ports available...catch 22.
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31 Jul 2011   #16
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Not with the card you were looking at, if it works, which i don't know how to tell. Or, if you could get the card you have now to work, would solve your problem.
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31 Jul 2011   #17
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I don't know what you have tried. But uninstall all drivers for the card. Take the card out and start windows. Shutdown and install the card and see if windows recognizes new hardware. If so, it should install drivers. then plug something in and see if it works. Just an idea. Might not be a good one, but I know you have already gone to Sybia's site and downloaded the latest drivers.
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31 Jul 2011   #18
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

No, I think that I have tried just about everything. If there is a way to make it work (properly), that would be quite a trick. Not that it really matters, but the card that I have installed now is a Silicon Image, not a Syba. I only mentioned that as a possible alternative.
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