SATA question - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-28-2005, 07:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
True Techie
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 188
Default SATA question

I got a single SATA Raptor drive installed on my Abit IC7-MAX3 board. Back when I installed Windows last year, I never went through the process of pressing F6 to load drivers. Everything installed fine.. or at least the way it should have been I believe. Confused Do you even need to press F6 for SATA drives or is it a SCSI thing only?

Stupid question, but it haunts me to think if it's possible to use a SATA drive in a slower mode? *shrugs*

How can I make sure it's running at the right speeds? I feel dumb asking this question because if it installed the OS, then it's in SATA mode right.. after all, it's an SATA drive. Right?

Seiken is offline  
Old 08-28-2005, 09:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
True Techie
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 188

After doing a little reading, I think I found my answer.
If the motherboard has native SATA support via the SouthBridge.. there's no need to press F6 to load any drivers while installing Windows.

This is from Abit's product page on the IC7-MAX3:

The IC7-MAX3 is equipped with features never even conceived for a desktop motherboard. For users who require MAXimum security and storage, the ABIT MAX3 features 6 channel serial ATA RAID with the Silicon Image 4-port serial ATA RAID controller plus native 2 channel support...

- 2 channel SATA 150MB/s data transfer rate with RAID function (0/1) via South Bridge
- 4 channel SATA 150MB/s data transfer rate with RAID function (0/1/0+1) via Silicon Image PCI Chip"

Seiken is offline  
Old 08-28-2005, 10:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
Super Techie
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 496


Yeah, most mobos do come with built in a hardware SATA mode onnit you can enable or disable in the bios. Now since you're using just 1 the SATA RAID functions won't matter for ya, but they are sweet if you have an extra HD kickin' around. Now, here's the downside to Hardware SATA for RAID (don't think it affects singles) is that if your mobo dies, you'll need to buy most likely the exact same mobo to be able to properly rebuild the RAID array. You can also do software RAID modes with windows, but I figure I'd be a bit slower since tha'd put a extra little (or big I'm not sure) load on the CPU.

So yeah, for a single HD, I don't think you really needed to do anything other than plug it in, but I could be wrong.. I'm sure some else more experienced in the ways of SATA HD's will post hea.
Later-A-Much, and LONG LIVE THE D!
æ ThE_MarÐ
ThE_MarD is offline  
Old 08-28-2005, 11:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
HAVOC's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Milford, Connecticut
Posts: 4,218
Send a message via AIM to HAVOC Send a message via Yahoo to HAVOC

Some MOBO's come with "hardware" SATA/RAID controllers on the MOBO. Some... Do not. The ones that do not, you'll need to install SATA/RAID software drivers during windows installation so that windows will recognize the SATA drivers during installation.

Since SATA drives are becoming more popular most for the newer (MID to HIGH) end MOBO's will come with "hardware" SATA/RAID controllers.
HAVOC is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:20 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.