4 Sata Ports - Needing extra 2, Help me

  Spacey666 14:42 21 Aug 2009


I have recently decided to merge two computer has a more powerful processor and larger Drives (2x500gb) whereas the other has the better Graphics card (Nvidia 8800) sound card.

While looking in to this i have came across the fact that the bigger of the two computers where everything will be going only has 4 Sata ports while i will be needing 6 (2xdvd, 2x200gb, 2x500gb).

I am looking for suggestion on where i can find another 2 Sata ports other wise i may have to take out the Sata DVD players and replace them with inferior IDE models.

  Audio~~Chip 14:45 21 Aug 2009

possibly upgrade of motherboard but then compatibitly issues like Memory, is your Windows Pre-installed or do you own the original Holographic Windows CD ?

You could get a PCI SATA Adapter card.

  Pine Man 16:02 21 Aug 2009

I got a PCI Express SATA card from Maplins for £19.99, which has, I think, 2 external and 1 internal sockets. It works brilliantly. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:10 21 Aug 2009
  ambra4 17:19 21 Aug 2009

Max Value 2x Internal Serial ATA II PCI-E Card

click here

  GaT7 17:34 21 Aug 2009

Be aware that Pine Man's & ambra4's suggestions will require a free PCI-E slot.

This PCI one for just over £8 appears the cheapest of the lot click here. I would connect the DVD drives to this. G

  Spacey666 18:43 21 Aug 2009


My intention is to get a brand new case (Antec 1200) and Motherboard (Asus P5Q3 Wifi AP) and put everything in this as the mobo i have at the moment will not take the Core2Duo. At the moment i am looking to get the use of as much as possible until i get everything together which will be after xmas. At this point everything will be put in the new case and motherboard

I was tried using a Sata 150 PCI Raid Card but with this the Mobo BIOS is recognising the Hard Drive but windows is not.

  ambra4 19:25 21 Aug 2009

“Be aware that Pine Man's & ambra4's suggestions will require a free PCI-E slot”

ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe/WiFi-AP @n Motherboard

click here

Expansion Slots

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots, support ATI Crossfire X™ technology at x8 link

PCIE x16 1 blue PCIE x16 2 black*

1 x PCI Express x16 slot at max x4 link (black)

2 x PCI Express x1 slots

2 x PCI slots

*PCI Express x16 2 slot (black at max. x8 link)

  woodchip 19:27 21 Aug 2009

If you have a Free PCI slot, Malins and buy a Sata PCI expansion card

  GaT7 20:37 21 Aug 2009

ambra4, the comment was obviously for Spacey666's previous motherboard, which might not have had a PCI-E slot.

The Asus P5Q3 is something he's planning on getting in the future, & has the requisite number of SATA ports. G

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