Help Installing 2 hard drives on my ASRock board
I'm a little bit confused, building my rig and I noticed I have two types of SATA3 ports(5 total ports). I'm not setting up a raid configuration, just my SSD for OS + Games, and a MomentusXT for everything else. The 2 types of ports are labeled SATA 3 mode, and ASMedia Sata 3 mode. I know the SSD is going into port SATA3_0, but the Momentus I'm not sure if it makes a difference..... these are questions... sorry if im a noob but this is new to me.
1. Does it matter which port the MomentusXT SataIII drive goes into? Both groups are set to AHCI by default i believe, ....the manual labels these ports as follows:, "SATA 3 Mode":SATA3_0, SATA3_1; "ASMedia SATA3 Mode": SATA3_A0, SATA3_A1, SATA3_A2. I know the SSD with OS goes into SATA3_0, but I'm unsure if it matters where I put the Seagate HDD, or if one slot is better than another performance-wise. Otherwise I'd like to put both drives in the two "SATA 3 Mode" ports(the SSD in SATA_0 and MomentusXT in SATA3_1).
2. Should I install just my SSD, then install windows, then add the MomentusXT drive after the Windows install? or I can install both drives and then install windows?
thanks for the help
Well I figured it out, but thanks...
Asmedia ports are just a 3rd party controller, probably best avoided unless needed? SO Im going put both drives on the intel ports. I didnt realize that the intel chipset only included 2 SATA3 ports.
As far as installing both drives before I install windows, I'm still unclear about. I'm sure it doesnt matter in long run but I don't want the board to think I have a raid setup. Is it best to install the 2nd drive after windows?
Yeah, I always install with only the OS drive in place first, otherwise windows sets aside an OS partition on each drive hooked up, even though only the OS drive needs it.
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