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The two gray slots are PCI the others are PCIe.  There are PCI 4 port SATA cards available.

 

Semlos 4 Ports PCI Sata Internal Raid Controller Card Sil3114 Chipset 013577 with 2 Sata Cables

 

$17.99

 

Would I have to buy 2 of these or can I keep the pci-e card that I have and keep the 4 hard drives connected to it and buy just one of these pci cards and connect 4 hard drives to it?  Would they interfere with each other?  (probably a very dumb question but I needed to ask)

 


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For your drivers, unzip them then go into Device Manager, right click on the adapter (may say unknown) and upgrade drivers.  Point it at the unzipped folder.

 

You should be able to use both the PCI SATA and the PCIe SATA at the same time.


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The zip file doesn't appear when browsing for the file. 

 

I found this pci-e adapter card.  It has 10 ports.  I only need 6 ports but it looks like it meets all the requirements.

 

https://www.amazon.c... sata iii pci-e


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If it works.  Read the 1 star reviews.  It is Amazon so you can return it if it's a bad as they say.


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Since my pc is JBOD and don't have a RAID array set up, it may not cause me some of the problems other people have had.  It's worth a try.  If it doesn't work, I can always return it and buy the pci 4-port card.


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Assuming UPS doesn't lose your return again.


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Well, I received the adapter card in the mail, installed it, connected a hard drive to it and my computer won't boot up to Windows.  It stops when it reads the card and sees a hard drive connected to it, right before "Verifying DMI Pool Data."  If I don't have a hard drive connected to it, my computer will boot up to Windows.  Even though it's installed, it doesn't show up in Device Manager.  I've been writing to the manufacturer and they said that the card is probably not compatible with my motherboard.  They have no updated drivers for it.

 

So I'm back to square one.


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Time to try the pci 4-port card?


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Ya think? Lol.

 

I also wrote to Gigabyte eSupport.  They said "Unfortunately this board is quite old and there are no full Windows 10 driver support for this board.  If you must use Windows 10, it would be suggested you look into a newer board with Windows 10 driver support.  We do not manufacture adapter cards."

 

I ordered the 4-port PCI card a few days ago and it's scheduled to be here on the 19th.  I'll keep the IO Crest 8-port PCIe card too.  Hopefully, they'll be no problem with the PCI card and no conflicts with having both installed at the same time.  My luck hasn't been too good with this conversion.  I lost 3 hard drives, too.  I haven't heard back from UPS about the 2 that I put in their drop box.  I've been really busy and haven't been able to call them back yet.  Tomorrow's out as I'll have another long day but Monday is free so I'll give them a call then.  I ordered 2 more from Western Digital because the hard drives that I received from Amazon were so old that when I checked their warranties with Western Digital, they had expired in 2016.

 

At least I can say that I tried to get what I wanted.

 

I'll let you know how the PCI card works.


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I got the pci card in the mail today, installed it and connected a hard drive to it but the hard drive doesn't show up in My Computer/Disk Management.  The card came with a disk of drivers.  I know that I don't want to install the RAID driver but I don't know which driver I need to install.  I attached a screenshot of the drivers on the disk.  I also attached a screenshot of Computer Management.  In Computer Management, I told it to Scan for Hardware Changes and then I tried updating the driver for Storage Controllers but it says that I have the most up-to-date drivers installed.  Can you help?

 

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Supposed to be plug and play in Win 10 per the Q&A.  You may not see the hard drive in BIOS/CMOS but it should show up in Disk Management.


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This morning, I unseated the card and reseated it and it now works and shows up in Device Manager.  I have only 1 hard drive connected to it right now.  I'm keeping my finger crossed so that when I connect 3 others to it, they'll be available.

 

It was a long road to get here but we've arrived.  :yeah:


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Let me know how it goes.


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