Extra SATA ports

I want to add extra SATA ports to my system but the controller cards I've seen all come with RAID.  I don't want RAID.  Any ideas?
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PCBONEZConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Even if there is no non-raid driver you can use the RAID function but set the drives in the RAID setup screen to "Single Drive".
That's the same as not having RAID.
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CoreDigitalConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Although SATA controller cards come with RAID it doesn't mean you MUST use them in RAID configuration.
If you don't create a RAID array then they normally will allow single drive access on each SATA channel.
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PCBONEZConnect With a Mentor Commented:
That is true.
Also non-raid versions abound on ebay.
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JoshOdomAuthor Commented:
Thank you.  I bought one that didn't mention RAID.  It came with a driver CD that included RAID.  Is the driver necessary in this instance?  The drives are not visible in Windows explorer or administrative tools but visible in device manager.  Windows wants a driver and the one through Windows update includes RAID.  How can I get the drives to be visible in Windows Explorer and Administrative Tools? I can access the RAID utility by hitting F4 in the boot cycle but I don't get an option for no RAID at all.
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PCBONEZConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You haven't told us what the card is.

Have the drives been partitioned and formatted?
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CoreDigitalConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You should install the driver that came with the card (even though it mentions RAID) as this is needed in order for the card to work properly, it doesn't mean that the drives will be in a RAID configuration.
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JoshOdomAuthor Commented:
SYBA SATA II NCQ Host Controller Card Support 3.0 Gbps and NCQ 32 bit PCI (ouch - I'm going to migrate to 64 bit)

I only have one drive on this card.  The motherboard has enough ports for the other six.  How will I see the drive in Windows explorer?  The drive has not been partitioned and formatted -- I'm doing that now.
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CoreDigitalConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Once the partitioning and formatting is complete you should see the drive in windows explorer.
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JoshOdomAuthor Commented:
:) Thank you!
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PCBONEZConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The 32-bit is referring to your PCI slot.
If your PCI slot is not 64-bit then a 64-bit card would operate in 32-bit mode anyway.

Also 32-bit PCI bandwidth is 133 MB/sec.
7200rpm and less drives max -sustained- transfer rates are less than 110 MB/sec anyway.
Sustained transfer rate is limited by the head-disk transfer rate and is the same regardless if the interface is SCSI, SATA, or PATA. Interface speed only helps until the buffer is full which takes a fraction of a second. After that it's head-disk transfer that throttles it.
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IanThConnect With a Mentor Commented:
the raid on these type of cards can be one drive they are not proper raid as you need 2 drives to do raid 0 the base level . Bear in mind though the latest hdd's can max out these pci cards especially the 1tb drives
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IanThConnect With a Mentor Commented:
just make sure you use the non raid driver that came with the sata card
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