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CONNECTING AN E-SATA DEVICE TO THE MOBO

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I RECENTLY PURCHASED A VELOCITY MICO RAPTOR WHICH CAME WITH AN INTEL MOTHERBOARD D975XBX2 (SO-CALLED “BAD AXE 2”).  THE PRIMARY (INTERNAL) SATA CONNECTORS ARE INTEL, BUT THE SECONDARY SATA ARRAY IS FROM MARVEL—NOT THAT I’M USING A RAID CONFIGURATION.  THE INTEL MOBO BOOKLET SUGGESTED THAT CONNECTING AN EXTERNAL SATA DEVICE WAS SIMPLICITY ITSELF—USE THE RED MARVEL ESATA TO CONNECT FROM THE MOBO TO A REAR BACK PLATE.  THE COMMERICAL MOBO IS SUPPOSED TO SHIP WITH HIS PIECE OF HARDWARE, BUT NO SUCH CONNECTOR SHIPPED WIH THE UNIT, SO I BOUGHT A CABLES-TO-GO EQUIVALENT (I THINK).

SO MUCH FOR SIMPLICITY: AT NO TIME SINCE I RECEIVED THE COMPUTER DID IT EVER INDICATE THAT THE MARVEL HARD DRIVE CONTROLLER WAS ACTIVE & INSTALLED.  I PURCHASED A SEAGATE EXTERNAL SATA 500GB DRIVE, & IT WAS NEVER RECOGNIZED OR FUNCTIONAL USING THIS MOBO CONNECTOR.  REPEATED CALLS TO VM “SUPPORT” HAVE EITHER GONE UNANSWERED OR INEFFECTIVE—THE DRIVE DOES WORK USING AN INCLUDED PROMISE PCI CARD, BUT GIVEN THAT USING 1 OF THE 2 AVAILABLE CONVENTIONAL PCI SLOTS IS LESS THAN IDEAL—1 IS ALREADY USING A CREATIVE SB MUSIC EXTREME CARD & I’D VERY MUCH PREFER TO LEAVE THE REMAINING PCI FREE FOR A TV CARD OR WHATEVER, & ANY AVAILABLE PCI-X SLOT IS TOO FAR BACK TO SEAT TO THE BACK PANEL, + THE CARD FRONT CONNECTOR APPEARS TOO LARGE FOR THE SLOT EVEN IF THIS WASN’T AN ISSUE.  ASSUMING BENCHMARK TESTING FROM SANDRA HOME XI PRO (LATEST VERSION) IS CORRECT, THE RANDOM SEEK TIME OF 17MS IS EQUAL TO A FIREWIRE MAXTOR II EXTERNAL DRIVE—NOT EXACTLY WORTH THE ADDITIONAL COST OF A DRIVE THAT IS SUPPOSED TO RIVAL THE SPEED OF AN INTERNAL DRIVE WITH A 3 GB TRANSFER RATE—BUT OF COURSE I HAVE TO USE A REGULAR PCI SLOT VS ONE WITH MUCH GREATER BANDWIDTH.

HARDWARE DIAGNOSTICS FROM XP PRO SP2 & 3RD PARTY DIAGNOSTIC SOFTWARE (BELARC, SANDRA, LAVASYS) DO NOT EVEN DISPLAY A MARVEL CONTROLLER AS ACTIVE.  I TRIED THE SOLUTION SUGGESTED WITH THE INTEL LITERATURE—WIN XP PRO DISK, F6 & USE MARVEL RAID FLOPPY—NO LUCK HERE EITHER.  I SUSPECT THAT IN THE ABSENCE OF SUITABLE DRIVERS FOR THE MARVEL, OR POSSIBLY A DEFECTIVE MOBO, I’M STUCK WITH A VERY PRICEY EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE THAT DOES NOT DELIVER ON THE EXPECTED SPEED—WITH THE UNWANTED USE OF THE LAST REMAINING PCI CONNECTOR TO BOOT.

I’VE WASTED SO MUCH TIME TRYING TO GET VM TECH SUPPORT TO GUIDE ME THROUGH A POSSIBLE SOLUTION, I’M FIT TO BE TIED.  ANY HELP HERE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

IF IT MATTERS, I HAVE AN INTEL CORE 2 QUAD CHIP, AN EVEGA 8800 GTX VIDEOCARD, 3 GB CORSAIR EXTREME DDR2 800 RAM, 700W SEASONIC POWER SUPPLY—IN SHORT, UNLESS DEFECTIVE OR SOME IRQ CONFLICT, NOTHING THAT SHOULD PREVENT THIS FROM WORKING.
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