JMicron - No any drive found

Started Oct 28, 2009 | Discussions thread
Dan_Sundin
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Re: JMicron - No any drive found
In reply to Dan_Sundin, Apr 16, 2010

( Continued from prior post )
Getting back on topic:

If you have an operational External SATA drive powered on, and plugged into one of the two eSATA ports (both can be used at the same time), this BIOS post screen will occur ...

JMicron Technology Corp. PCIE-to-SATAII/IDE RAID Controller BIOSv1.06.65
Copyright (C) 2005 JMicron Technology. http://www.jmicron.com

HDD0: [ your drives hardware name and model ----- then size in GB is shown ]

Press any key to continue . . .

You don't need to reply, because this last prompt is on a timer and will continue on its own.

If you don't have anything plugged in to the eSATA interfaces ( that is operational and working ), then you will be given a prompt of ...

Detecting drives, please wait . . . \ | / -- (the spinning asterisk like thing)

This action twirler text based icon will continue to spin for 30 seconds, and if the eSATA devices are not found, the boot-up process will mark the devices as being unavailable and go on.

Please understand that the motherboard doesn't have any IDE interfaces, therefore the JMicron RAID controller functions done apply.

Please refer to the RAID configuration documentation provided by Gateway in their user manual. You can also find information at http://www.jmicron.com

You can use these eSATA ports as hot-pluggable devices. You need to follow specific procedures for mounting and un-mounting them, in order not to lose data. This is kind of like the USB Eject process.

You can boot off of your eSATA device, but you would need to select is specifically. The standard boot sequence is the following:

SATA0 / AHCI Port1 is first ( Internal drive bay )
SATA1 / AHCI Port2 is second ( Internal drive bay )

SATA2 / AHCI Port3 is third ( tool less-access, removable drive bay in front, top )

SATA3 / AHCI Port4 is fourth (tool less-access, removable drive bay in front, bottom)

SATA4 / AHCI Port5 is fifth ( Internal Optical drive, top DVD/CD drive behind cover)

SATA5 / AHCI Port6 is sixth ( Optional Internal Optical drive, bottom DVD/CD drive behind cover)

This is the desired sequence, but you may need to check to see how the actual cables were installed, and many times it isn't in this desired sequence. So you may need to open up the covers, trace the cables down and replug then to get the desired effect.

The SATA interface is from looking directly into each of the interface connections:

Left-to-Right, Top-to-Bottom:

SATA4 || SATA2 || SATA0
SATA5 || SATA3 || SATA1

You can change the boot-up sequence in the BIOS screen to give you a sequence that you prefer, such as-- Try booting from the Optical Drive, then Hard Drive.

I how this has helped to describe the operation of the eSATA interfaces and JMicron PCIE-SATAII RAID Controller feature.

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