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I'm upgrading my system to this motherboard. I have 2 IDE HDD and 2 IDE optical drives. The blue ICH7R connector detects the hard drives and the optical drives fine. The red Marvell connector detects neither. I managed to install windows by plugging 1 hard drive into the black IDE cable connection (primary), and a optical drive into the grey connection same cable (slave), into the blue ICH7R connection. (Reversing the HDD and optical drive does not work - the optical drive is not detected. The HDD must be on top. This configuration is impossible with the drives screwed into my case, where the optical drive must be above the hard drives.) I had to install windows with the drives sitting outside my case. All drive jumpers are set to cable select. I have installed all motherboard softare.

So how do I connect and detect all my drives? Do I have to replace my IDE HDD's with SATA drive's and plug the 2 optical drives into the blue ICH7R?
 

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The blue bus is the only native IDE channel. You can only connect optical drives on the blue bus.......this is also the only bus that is bootable....the red buses are controlled through Windows, so they do not work until Windows is running....obviously, this makes booting from them impossible. So if you have 2 optical drives (like I do on my P5WD2 Premium), you have to have at least 1 SATA drive to boot.

Now, Windows does not have the drivers for the red buses already, you have to load them DURING the windows install like a RAID driver. Loading the drivers from inside windows does nothing. You can use the CD to make a driver disc easily and then just hit F6 when prompted during the Windows insatll.....have to keep your eye out for it as it scrolls across the bottom in the beginning.
 

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Cheers Thumper, this is exactly the info I need. I do not have a floppy drive so it looks like SATA here I come. This seems a crazy setup for a premium board and the situation is not alluded to in the manual. Dissapointing.
 

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Cheers Thumper, this is exactly the info I need. I do not have a floppy drive so it looks like SATA here I come. This seems a crazy setup for a premium board and the situation is not alluded to in the manual. Dissapointing.

I agree about the manual being vague on it, that was my thought when I got the board myself......

However, the limitation is in the chipset, not the manufacture, so being a premium or not has nothing to do with it. The chipset from Intel just doesn't support more IDE channels. ASUS added the extra 2 themsleves so that you can at least use your old PATA drives as storage, but the only way they could implement them is through the 3rd party controller with Windows drivers....
 
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