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Old 01-14-2006, 06:07 PM   #1
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Im just getting ready to build a new pc. So far I have a MB "MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R 754 AMD 64 and a Athlon 64 3200+ 64 bit Cpu "Newcastle" 1G (2 x 514) of DDR 400Mhz memory and just bought a SATA Hard drive Seagate ST380817AS 80G Serial ATA 7200RPM NCQ. I also have a floppy drive along with a DVD burner and an extra DVD optical drive, Video card "Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600 256MB" a V92 modem and a 500watt PS.
I think that this Sata HD should be quite abit faster than a std IDE ATA drive. I now see that I have 2 sets of sata connetors on the board looks like one set it labeled sata1 and sata2. The other set labeled ser1 and ser2 also there is an IDE connector labeled IDE3. I need some basic info on the differences in these and some basic info on how to set up the hard drive. The MB manual talks about a "Promise 20378 chipset" and also mentions installing special software for the drive. Im really lost now, as I hoped I could just plug the thing in and load Win XP pro in and it would set itself up just like the old IDE drives Ive been using. So some basic resources or explanations would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-14-2006, 06:47 PM   #2
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Interesting board.
If you read your manual on page 2-22 it tell you what all these ports are for. This is the first board that I have seen that appears to allows you to run both ATA and SATA together as a raid set.
SATA for most purposes is considered SCSI. so when you are installing you OS you will be asked to hit F6 to install SCSI/Raid drives this is where you will install the drivers. Go to page B-2 of your manual it will explain raid to you.
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Thanx for the reply OLDMN:
I dont have a page b-2 in my manual. It ends at A-12 which is on the audio function of the MB. I checked the MSI website and found they added more to the A appendix and also a B appendix. Ill take some time and read this over and then try and ask some intelligent questions. I still dont understand what the difference is between the two sets. I think I get you're saying that when I load XP in it will prompt me to go to F6.
I'LL BE BAAACK
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