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Thread: OMG I don't know what SATA mode to use :o

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    Certified SG Addict Brent's Avatar
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    OMG I don't know what SATA mode to use :o

    First time using a SATA drive

    Mobo is an Epox 4PCA3+

    In the BIOS I have these options for Serial ATA:


    Sata Mode - "IDE" or "RAID"

    On Chip Serial ATA - "Disabled" or "For Primary" or "Enhanced Mode" or "For Secondary"


    My Hard drive configuration will be:

    SATA WD 36GB Raptor drive on SATA Port 0 (Primary C drive)

    PATA WD 80GB HDD on HighPoint 374 EIDE Port 0
    PATA WD 80GB HDD on HighPoint 374 EIDE Port 1 (both drives in RAID 0)

    PATA CDROM on ICH5 Primary
    PATA CDRW on ICH5 Secondary


    These are the descriptions it gives for the On Chip Serial ATA options:

    Disabled - Disabled SATA Controller

    For Primary - PATA and SATA are combined. SATA is operating in legacy primary.

    Enhanced Mode - Enable both SATA and PATA. Max of 6 IDE drives are supported.

    For Secondary - PATA and SATA are combined. SATA is operating in legacy secondary.


    So, I think for my situation I need to set the SATA mode to IDE and set the On Chip Serial ATA to Enhanced Mode so I can utilize the ICH5's Primary and Seconday IDE port for my CDROM and CDRW and then the SATA0 port for the Primary Hard Drive.

    And then the two WD hard drives in RAID0 on the High Point 374 controller are seperate of all that.

    Is that right?
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    From what you posted Brent I would agree, but I also have no experience with a SATA drive...

    Your logic seems about right...

    Good luck if noone else confirms this for you...
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    Second Most EVIL YARDofSTUF's Avatar
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    Ya, enhanced seems to be your winner for this round.

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