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Motherboard is ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0. I'm having problems understanding how to set up drives and whether or not to use Raid.My old system had JBOD and was always a pain having to insert a floppy to load RAID drivers when I had a problem Was hoping if I used JBOD on the Sabertooth that would not be an issue. Will I need to set up a boot floppy if I only use JBOD?

Next, I have an SSD for my OS. In the event I do want to set up a RAID array,which SATA connection to use for the SSD? And is there way to set up the HD's in a Raid array but not the SSD? Ifd so, will I be back to using a driver floopy to get the SSD to boot?

Next, I don't understand the ASMedia SATA ports. Is that where the optical drives should be connected? And correct me if I have this wrong but you definitely don't want to put the SSD boot drive there?

Next. If I opt for no Raid, do I need to enter anything? Do I use IDE or AHCI or nothing?

Next. Section 3.5.7talks about ASM1061 Storage Controller (rear)and ASM1061 OPROM settings. I assume that is for the eSATA connections on the rear panel but what does it mean? And what is OPROM? If you don't enable these is it like a Quick Boot option?

Finally. I have an external Startech 4 disk enclosure that uses either USB 3.0 or eSATA. The problem on my old computer was it did not support port multiplier. Do ypu know if the eSATA on the rear panel of the Sabertooth supports port multiplier function? THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY AND ALL HELP
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Motherboard is ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0. I'm having problems understanding how to set up drives and whether or not to use Raid.My old system had JBOD and was always a pain having to insert a floppy to load RAID drivers when I had a problem Was hoping if I used JBOD on the Sabertooth that would not be an issue. Will I need to set up a boot floppy if I only use JBOD?

Next, I have an SSD for my OS. In the event I do want to set up a RAID array,which SATA connection to use for the SSD? And is there way to set up the HD's in a Raid array but not the SSD? Ifd so, will I be back to using a driver floopy to get the SSD to boot?

Next, I don't understand the ASMedia SATA ports. Is that where the optical drives should be connected? And correct me if I have this wrong but you definitely don't want to put the SSD boot drive there?

Next. If I opt for no Raid, do I need to enter anything? Do I use IDE or AHCI or nothing?

Next. Section 3.5.7talks about ASM1061 Storage Controller (rear)and ASM1061 OPROM settings. I assume that is for the eSATA connections on the rear panel but what does it mean? And what is OPROM? If you don't enable these is it like a Quick Boot option?

Finally. I have an external Startech 4 disk enclosure that uses either USB 3.0 or eSATA. The problem on my old computer was it did not support port multiplier. Do ypu know if the eSATA on the rear panel of the Sabertooth supports port multiplier function? THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY AND ALL HELP

no you won't need a floppy if it is a JBOD

yes you can raid hdd's and not your ssd. it's in the raid config. but i don't think you can use JBOD if you set your sata controller to RAID. plug your ssd in to the native controller the AMD one.

Asmedia is a third party controller yes optical and hdds no to ssd.

the oprom is an option rom (pops up so you can configure it after POST). you can probably do raid with it. probably shouldnt though.

the enclosure, im not really sure. you could always plug and it in and try. but i think the esata is a jmicron controller probably doesn't support port multiplication

edit: yes the jmicron esata controller does support port multiplication. but it needs to configured as ahci.

2nd edit: the asmedia device on your motherboard is not sata it's usb 3.0

the 2 black satas are jmicron sata ports. at 3gbps. i'd only use them if i had to.
Edited by Master__Shake - 9/19/15 at 4:43pm
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Great help. Many thanks
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I have a couple questions on your post.

yes you can raid hdd's and not your ssd. it's in the raid config. but i don't think you can use JBOD if you set your sata controller to RAID. plug your ssd in to the native controller the AMD one.

I'm not sure what you mean by native controller. There are 6 brown AMD SATA connectors and then 2 other ASMedia SATA connectors which are gray. I'm assuming you're saying to plug the SSD iinto any of the 6 brown ones?






2nd edit: the asmedia device on your motherboard is not sata it's usb 3.0

Well in section 3.5.7 it has setitings for ASM1061(whatever that is) on the "rear"(I assume panel then the next few line talk about ASMedia 3.0 controllers for the front. Wouldn't that first item be the two eSATA connections on the rear panel?

the 2 black satas are jmicron sata ports. at 3gbps. i'd only use them if i had to.[/quote]

I don't have black satas. I have two gray ones on the mobo beside the 6 brown ones but the information states they are 6.0 GB connectors. Are you referring to the two RED eSATA ports on the rear panel? I have NO information on them other than a diagram showing where they are and labeling them "external SATA ports". THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP
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Originally Posted by jayp54 View Post

Motherboard is ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0. I'm having problems understanding how to set up drives and whether or not to use Raid.My old system had JBOD and was always a pain having to insert a floppy to load RAID drivers when I had a problem Was hoping if I used JBOD on the Sabertooth that would not be an issue. Will I need to set up a boot floppy if I only use JBOD?

Next, I have an SSD for my OS. In the event I do want to set up a RAID array,which SATA connection to use for the SSD? And is there way to set up the HD's in a Raid array but not the SSD? Ifd so, will I be back to using a driver floopy to get the SSD to boot?

Next, I don't understand the ASMedia SATA ports. Is that where the optical drives should be connected? And correct me if I have this wrong but you definitely don't want to put the SSD boot drive there?

Next. If I opt for no Raid, do I need to enter anything? Do I use IDE or AHCI or nothing?

Next. Section 3.5.7talks about ASM1061 Storage Controller (rear)and ASM1061 OPROM settings. I assume that is for the eSATA connections on the rear panel but what does it mean? And what is OPROM? If you don't enable these is it like a Quick Boot option?

Finally. I have an external Startech 4 disk enclosure that uses either USB 3.0 or eSATA. The problem on my old computer was it did not support port multiplier. Do ypu know if the eSATA on the rear panel of the Sabertooth supports port multiplier function? THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY AND ALL HELP

First decide if you want/need an array, if you know already you don't then no need right? But decide first it'll save a big headache later biggrin.gif
If you are going to run an array now, or in the near future this is what I do.

Go here http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=SABERTOOTH%20990FX%20R2.0&p=1&s=24&os=41&hashedid=Yk1gGoRISkgLawoj and expand +sata, DL and extract top entry (latest from manufacture, update later from AMD) save to tittled folder on USB flash drive formatted FAT32 and insert into a USB 2.0 (not USB 3.0) port.

If you don't have a manual DL one from the same page. The rest starts on page 157 (section 5.1.4) in the PDF DL.

Config sata ports in bios to RAID (I do all as I load from a thumb drive). RAID and AHCI are the same thing to a single SSD it's all in the array configuration (that you'll create later) as to which drives are used in the array. I place the SSD into port #1 and depending on the number of drives in the array will go onto the next 3 ports.

Load Windows with only the SSD connected and when install asks if you want to load drivers follow prompts and browse to thumb drive>folder>AMD_RAID-XP ect>Driver>Disk>RAID> your OS>x64 or x86. (section 5.2.3 in manual)

At this point after driver install I configure my OS onto SSD.

When complete shut down and connect drives for the array, re-enter bios and when prompted press Ctrl and F and configure your array (page 157 PDF section 5.1.4) and follow directions from there. Remember to give the array a name etc and depending on the size of the drives you may need to go with GPT rather than MBR format due to size limitations. (This is when you initialize the array in Windows Disk Management)

Maybe these will help also http://www.overclock.net/t/1179518/seans-ssd-buyers-guide-information-thread#post_15860073 contain almost everything you'll need to know about SSD's and Windows install etc.

After array is created simply redirect drive locations and your off.

Hope this helps get you started!

Welcome to OCN...

Feel free to post back or PM me if I can help any further
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WOW! Thanks for taking the time to provide such a detailed message. I'll download your suggested files and look at them. I do have a manual as I just purchased this new at Newegg. I'm still confused about one item and that is the value/use of the two SATA connectors labeled SATA6G_E1 and E2 and are called ASMedia Serial ATA 6.0 GB/s connectors. I believe I should only use them for my Optical drives? With the limitations of those two connectors I want to be sure I'll have a working CD available at boot up.

I have a huge collection of videos, pictures and treasured music. 'm VERY gun shy as I lost my main work drive of music and had much I did not have backed up. For that reason, I've added a NAS with RAID 5 for my treasures and really don't see a need for yet another RIAD on the new computer. I'll keep my old computer on my other desk as a backup to the backup! I have a SATA PCI Express card I'm toying with putting in the Sabertooth as my case holds something like 13 drives and I have some extra drives I can put in it and a PSU that will support it. Do you see any problems or conflicts in using that SATA PCI Express card with this motherboard?

Thanks in advance for your time
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If you mean the last couple of ports of a different color right beside the group of six, yes use that for your optical drive and it should also work as a storage drive as well (my CHV-Z does this w/7 drives and 1 opt) just not a boot drive.

If you don't need the Raid make it simple and just use AHCI, it will boot faster as one less screen to wait through and you might want to investigate UEFI Boot too with a kitty. (Win 8 install guide from prev links)

Sorry I have zero experience with that card but if it were me I'd plug er in and see what happens biggrin.gif

Okay, after 7 posts you get to fill this out just kidding but give it a look http://www.overclock.net/t/1258253/how-to-put-your-rig-in-your-sig
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Thanks, Sandman. I'm ready to give it a try. Have a great day
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