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Interfacing to an external eSATA enclosure

by d_phil / April 22, 2014 11:49 AM PDT

Let me preface this by saying I'm in no way a tech expert (hence my question to you all.)

I recently purchased an OyenDigital Mobius 5-bay external RAID enclosure and am running it with 5x3TB WD drives in a RAID-5 configuration.

My desktop doesn't have a fast external interface (USB2 only) so I thought I'd try eSATA.

I purchased an ASMedia ASM106x 2 port SATA/eSATA controller and installed it in my PCI Express slot.

Since my desktop already has SATA on the motherboard, I expected a hardware conflict and indeed there was. I messed around with the jumpers on the ASM106x and was able to get my system to boot, install the supplied driver, and see that the controller appeared in the Device Manager (under Storage Controllers.) As far as I can tell, Win7 is happy with the additional SATA controller.

I have formatted the RAID using my USB connection and have mapped it via the Disk Management tool.

So here's the problem:

I have attached the Mobius to the ASM106x using the supplied cable but when I boot, the ASM106x's BIOS says that no devices were found. I'm not sure how to proceed.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


My system is:

ZTSystems 7581Ma

Processor & Memory:

AMD Phenom II 955 Quad-Core processor (3.2 GHz)
AMD 760G+SB710 Chipset
12GB DDR3 Memory
Drives:

2TB SATA II Hard Drive
22X DVDR/RW
Front Panel 19-in-1 digital multimedia card reader
Graphics:

Integrated ATI Radeon HD 3000 series graphics from AMD
Communications:

10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Audio:

8-CH High-Definition Audio CODEC
Keyboard & Mouse:

USB Keyboard
USB Mouse
Expandability:

2 x 5.25" Exposed (1x occupied)
1 x 3.5" Exposed (1x occupied)
4 x 3.5" Hidden (1x occupied)
1 x PCIe x16
1 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI
Ports:

8 x USB 2.0 ports (2 Front, 6 Rear)
6 x Audio ports
1 x DVI port
1 x VGA port
1 x HDMI port
1 x PS/2 keyboard / mouse port
1 x RJ45 network port
Operating System:

Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit

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Here's my clue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 22, 2014 12:02 PM PDT

"I have attached the Mobius to the ASM106x using the supplied cable but when I boot, the ASM106x's BIOS says that no devices were found. I'm not sure how to proceed."

I rarely see bootable add on SATA cards. I've seen such from Adaptec but it's proper for this message since the BIOS won't know what this card is. It comes alive after the OS boots.

What else I don't see is how the drives get power. It sounds like a power issue or a bug issue.
http://www.win-raid.com/t239f13-Asmedia-ASM-x-Sata-G-controller-firmware.html and other posts tell me you may want to make this a warranty issue as I could not find if this card has 3TB drive support.
Bob

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"Since my desktop already has sata on the mobo.,
by Oldartq / April 23, 2014 1:02 PM PDT
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