My Gigabyte Motherboard SATA connectors not detecting sata HDD given to repair the technician told either problem in controller or circuit

I Have with me local company IDE to SATA coverter card but it has 2 SATA II sockets and only one of it is working at a time and if I have to connect secondary HDD or DVD then it becomes difficult and motherboard have only one. IDE port

Can any one suggest me any IDE or PCI or PCIE or USB to SATA/ ESATA converter card adapter with 3-4 at least sockets which can work all together at a good data transfer (read write) speed and durability.

I prefer economical cards which has Sata3 6gb/PS with AHCI and RAID feature with multiple sockets and is compatible with my mitherboards

I have 2 gigabyte motherboards link specification given below

My queries

  1. GA-MA785GMT-US2H is SATA II 3GB/s connector and controllers and chips will PCIE to SATA III Controller converter card will be supported and work on 6GB/s speed even if motherboard controller is SATA II will it support SATA III card

  2. Will these cards support 4tb HDD on both motherboards as 4TB don't work in MBR and work in GPT modes will they support it

  3. Will sata SSD will Work in such cards as motherboard bios is not UEFI bios

  4. Will these cards give more speed and will be stable on PCIE do they give proper throughput

  5. Does these cards support RAID and AHCI mode

  6. startech 4 port pci express 2.0 SATA III 6Gbps RAID Controller Card with HyperDuo SSD (Link and specification given below) .... Will it ve compatible with my motherboard . It is an example card as it is expensive more then cost of motherboard can anyone suggest some economical card which work fine and can be supported on my motherboards

  7. If this card or Sata III cards is not supported then can any one suggest me a new motherboard which support AMD athalon II X4 630 processor or Phenol II X4 processors ie. AM3 938 sockets which supports SATA III 6GB/s AHCI and Raid connectors

    I have googled and finded one card for reference sharing and giving you links of such PCIE to sata3 converter cards for your reference and answers


this card describes in specification of support to 4tb AhCI mode

there are many other cards but without 4tb AHCi details or specification so i am not sharing links you can search yourself.

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7 specification page says



North Bridge: AMD 890FX

South Bridge: AMD SB850

Storage Interface

South Bridge:

6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors supporting up to 6 SATA 6Gb/s devicesSupport for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID5, RAID 10 and JBOD

  • SATA3 RAID 0 4x and SATA3 2x performance are maximum theoretical values. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.


1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devicesSupport for SATA RAID 0, RAID

1, and JBODJMicron JMB362 chip: 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s connectors (eSATA/USB Comobo) on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devicesSupport for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1 and

JBODITE 8720 chip:

1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-US2H specification page says



North Bridge: AMD 785G

South Bridge: AMD SB710

Storage Interface

South Bridge:

1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices. 5 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 5 SATA 3Gb/s devices1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port on the back panel supporting up to 1 SATA 3Gb/s deviceSupport for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10

JBODiTE IT8718 chip:

1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive

Thanks in advance for time to read and suggest in advance
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  • IDE to SATA converters are always just for one drive at a time. If you want to connect multiple SATA drives to your computer you either need a PCI(e) SATA card or USB -> Sata adapters for each drive. Is your SATA HDD 3.5" or 2.5" Do you want this to be inside or outside of the PC case? ESATA and SATA are not the same connector and converting between them is normally not necessary, which connector does your drive actually need? – Romen Feb 25 at 23:04
  • @Romen I have 3.5inch HDD and want to connect internally the cabinet do advice me good company pcie to sata ide to sata or USB to sata whichbcan deliver good data transfer speed and durable – Androidquery Feb 26 at 4:04
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    @K7AAY I had EDITED the question and updated specifications of motherboard and links of motherboard details with one example converter card you can see all of them and advice suggest me a good compatible economical card for my motherboard with good speed and multiple sata3 ports waiting for expert advice suggestions and help thanks a lot in advance – Androidquery Mar 18 at 16:40
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    @K7AAY thanx a lot bro for your advice and suggestions GA-MA785GMT-US2H have inbuilt graphics chip so no external GPU graphic card used and blue PCIE slots are free and unused ..okay card will fit in the slot....but technically my question is will its all slots work on Sata III 6GB/S in AHCI RAID modes as motherboard controller is of SATA II 3GB/s will external PCIE to SATA III Controller converter cards all 4 slots will work together and give proper speed and throughput with Sata III SSD or HDD – Androidquery Mar 19 at 17:04
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    @K7AAY thanx a lot bro again for telling guidelines I am new to forum I will take care of guidelines .......will these cards works on Blurn PCIE 2.0 x 16 slot only or can work in normal white PCIE slot also....second Star tech card is expensive in India it costs more then cost of motherboard ....can u find and suggest some economical cheaper one with good speed and throughput and SATA III 6GB/s AHCI raid suppprt – Androidquery Mar 19 at 17:14

The (white) PCie x1 card slot of the GA-MA785GMT-US2H motherboard is next to a BIOS heat sink extending up from the motherboard past the x1 card slot, as its picture shows. That motherboard won't take a card in the white x1 slot which extends past the end of the x1 card slot. I can't tell if the 70 mm length of the card will keep it from fitting because I don't know where StarTech started measuring the card, whether they included the bracket or not, and also I don't know the exact interior measurements of the case.

8: Therefore, if you get the StarTech, put it in the blue slot of the GA-MA785GMT-US2H or any blue slot of the Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7, and it will function to its specs as you described.

3: SATA SSDs will Work when connected to that StarLink controller, even though the Gigabyte motherboard BIOS may not offer UEFI. SATA SSDs are designed to logically appear nearly identical to SATA HDDs.

There's an exception; SSDs will respond to API commands which mean nothing to HDDs, so apps like defragmentation can see it's an SSD and therefore won't run (since not only is defrag not beneficial to SSDs but actually shortens their life' that's why the Windows defrag API was revised to block defragmentation and instead offers the TRIM function which enhances SSD life; Linux doesn't need defrag as badly as Windows does, but modern Linux also has the TRIM API).

4: The StarTech will, either with SSD-only, HDD-only, or a mixed configuration; I can't speak for any other cards.

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  • thanx for your answer and suggestions advices – Androidquery Mar 21 at 2:12

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