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Windows 7: Promise Sata TX4 300 Card for DVD drives

25 Oct 2013   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
Promise Sata TX4 300 Card for DVD drives

I have a TX4 4 sata 2 (3gbs) port raid or regular drives PCI card. My mother board Gigabyte 970Ads3p has 6 (SATA 3 6gps) and I use a Rocket PCIe for 2 of the six drives in the machine. What I would like to do is to put the hard drives all on the system board and use the Promise TX4 to use with a DVD and Blu Ray burner drives. I can use the Rocket Raid in another machine with a bad SATA port. Both of those are sata 2 or lower. Does this work, anyone tried it? I would have thought it would work and the TX4 card would not even have to break a sweat and install a bios or anything since they are just ATAPI drives which should be a standard device. Can't just slap it in as I am waiting for a more powerful PSU as the Enermax 720 watt is doing funny things on power on and boot up. When I calculate what is in there it needs an 850Watt PSU. I have a 1000w arriving Saturday. Enermax Revolution87+ 1000 Watts Gold Certified Power Supply ERV1000EWT-G: Computers & Accessories

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27 Oct 2013   #2

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

Sorry I can't answer your questions. I have a rocket raid card but have never had occasion to use it. But, in reading reviews of it, others have used it just for DVD drives and say it works well. Assuming they are both the same type, I would assume it would work. It seems to be worth a try at least.
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27 Oct 2013   #3

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines

OK yes the raid card works fine just for DVD and Blu ray drives. Have not tried booting from them but they work just fine to read discs.
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05 Nov 2013   #4

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines

A further update I know longer have the motherboard. It looked like a sweet board on paper but on reboots it would shut off the power and corrupt BIOS. This was with an Enermax 720w Liberty power supply and components which worked flawlessly in the ASUS board I donated to my wifes machine, I upgraded to a 1000W PSU. I emailed Tech support and got no reply for 5 days. They sent a link to an updated bios which was not on the support website but I had got fed up with the on off off all my components so shipped it back to New Egg and got this ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard: Computers & Accessories next day shipped from Amazon which is first-class and exhibits none of the nonsense.
Gigabyte 970Ads3p
Here is the link they posted if you have the motherboard and need the bios update :

1. Download the Bios file from above link
2. Extract the Bios files to a formatted FAT32 USB flash drive.
3. Reboot the system with the flash drive connected.
4. Press "End" key to enter Q-flash utility
5. Select "Update Bios from Drive"
6. The flash drive will usually appears to be something like "HDD 01"
7. Press enter on that, and then choose the file "970A-DS3P.F6"
8. After finished, press "Enter" to continue and press "F10" to power off the machine.
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