Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I am not a computer superhero, and that is why I am here, cause I know you guys are.
The problem I have is that I am trying to connect a SATA hard drive to SATA 3 or SATA 4, however, my computer freezes every time during Windows startup. BIOS shows the name of the internal or external hard drive during startup, but freezes on that screen EVERY TIME.
Listed below is some information regarding my custom made PC.
1. Motherboard - Soyo SY-P4I875P DRAGON 2 Intel 875P (YES!!!, this M/B is from 2003/2004, and is claimed to be the last DRAGON alive......or so I assume)
2. Processor - Pentium4 3.00 GHz
3. O/S - Windows XP & 7 (I get the same problem with both OS)
4. RAM - 2.0 GB
5. Hard drives (internal) - Two 320GB SATA Seagate Barracuda (connected in SATA 1 and SATA 2 ports) - both are recognized by M/B
6. Hard drive (external) - One 1TB SATA Seagate Barracuda - am trying to connect this to SATA 3 or 4 via eSATA cable. This hard drive is recognized when attached to SATA 1 or SATA 2.
7. Power Supply - 500 W Ultra power supply
Technical Information from M/B manual:
1. Chipset - Intel 875P/ICH5R
2. Storage - ICH5R integrated Serial ATA controller supporting up to 2x UDMA 150 hard disks in normal or RAID 0 mode
- Silicon Image Sil3112 Serial ATA RAID controller supporting up to 2x UDMA 150 hard disks in normal or RAID (0 or 1) mode.
- ICH5R Integrated Parallel ATA controller supporting up to 4x UDMA 33/66/100 Parallel ATA devices.
- HighPoint 372N PCI to IDE RAID controller for support for up to 4x UDMA 33/66/100/133 parallel ATA hard disks in normal or RAID (0, 1, 1.5 or 0+1 mode.
3. SATA Connectors - These connectors allow you to attach one UDMA 150 hard disk to each connector. Note that SATA 3 and 4 are controlled by the Silicon Image Sil3112 chip, and can support RAID 0 and 1. For more information on these connectors check the IDE Device Installation (HDD, CD-ROM) paragraph on page 22.
4. Silicon Image Sil3112 Serial ATA RAID chip - The SiI 3112 enables OEMs to support new Serial ATA devices for the highest data transfer rates (1.5 Gbps burst), simpler disk drive cabling and easier PC assembly. Featuring a 32-bit 33/66 MHz PCI interface, the SiI 3112 supports two independent Serial ATA devices, capable of working as a normal IDE or in a RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration.
5. IDE1,2 are controlled by the 82801ER (ICH5R), IDE3,4 are controlled by the HighPoint 372N, SATA1,2 are controlled by the 82801ER (ICH5R) and SATA3,4 are controlled by the Silicon Image Sil3112 controller. There are 8 parallel ATA HDD connectors (IDE1, IDE2, IDE3, IDE4) and 4 serial ATA connectors on the motherboard. IDE3 and IDE4 are provided for IDE RAID or standard IDE function. SATA1, SATA2, SATA 3 and SATA4 are provided for SATA RAID or standard SATA function. This Motherboard can support up to 12 HDDs.
I have installed the following RAID drivers:
1. Silicon Image 3112 SATA Raid 18.104.22.168
2. HighPoint HPT3xx - v2.351
With all that being said, I am not sure if it is a driver issue. And so, I am willing to provide any additional information necessary (except my credit card #) in hopes of getting SATA 3 and 4 to work (woo hoo!!!)
I can send you the latest.....or the only user manual for my Soyo motherboard, if you can provide me your e-mail address. Unfortunately, I could not attach the manual to this post, as the motherboard manual is 4 MB.
I am sure I'm missing something very simple, but at this point, even the obvious does not seem to be so.
So if you have some special powers, and are willing to help a guy who keeps losing to his SATA 3 and 4 ports, then you are the person I am looking for.
Thanks and please feel free to ask any questions or post any suggestions. Any help will be MUCH appreciated.
Edited by jaadu1979, 29 October 2010 - 05:16 PM.