I have a custom built desktop computer with the DQ77MK motherboard. It was built in 2013 by a gentleman whom I'm not sure can help me with it anymore. If I had been building this and was given the information I gave him I'm sure I would not have selected this motherboard. We are professional photographers and the main areas I have to be concerned about are speed and storage. The speed and power are fine, the ability to add storage is not. There are only five SATA connectors on this motherboard, four are currently being used for the main SSD drive, a secondary 2TB storage drive, DVD payer and I'm not sure what the other is being use for. The fifth is under the massive graphics card installe. And I'm not sure this fifth SATA port actually works. I've tried to connect two different hard drives to this port and could not get either one to work. I currently have another healthy drive that I want to try but haven't had the time yet. The graphics card is so close to the only open PCI connector that I can't get a card into it. There is a USB card in the PCI Express connector that I may be able to switch out but I would prefer not to lose these. There are only three, two if you don't count the port for the video card, expansion PCI ports on this motherboard. The guy who built this for me gave me a case with something like 8 extra bays and told me that adding extra storage would be an easy process. But he put in a motherboard with absolutely no expansion capabilities that I can tell and also has a 2TB limit on the drives.I can't even replace the currently installed extra drive with a larger one. I'm going crazy trying to figure out how to make this work the way I want it to.
Because of the lack of internal expansion options, what I want to do is connect a MediaSonic Probox and run my storage drives through it. It will run on USB or eSATA, preferable the SATA as USB speeds are way to slow, something like 25mps. This box, to run correctly needs to access an eSATA port with port multiplier capabilities. As far as I can tell none of the SATA ports have this Multiplier capability.
There are two components on the motherboard that is accessed through the back panel that I would like to upgrade. The top one has two high current USB ports (will never use), one IEEE port (will never use, either) and an eSATA port. The other component has two 2.0 USB ports and what looks like an empty access bay.Is there any way, at the very least, to upgrade that eSATA port to support Port Multiplier? Or at best, replace these two components with something I can put to better use. I would like to have at the very least two eSATA with Port Multiplier capabilities and some more high speed USB ports, 3.0.
Is it possible to upgrade or change out these back panel components?
Please note that all ports from the back panel of your motherboard are embedded to the board. I mean to say that have been configured to work on your system but adding more out ports or changing the out ports is not possible.
The solution here would be changing the motherboard to one that complies with all features you need.
I had a suspicion that this was the case but thought I'd ask just in case I was wrong. Turns out I've been hamstrung with this computer, just what I was trying to avoid by having it custom built. Another question, if I were to remove the USB card from the one available PCI port and install an eSATA card that would support the Port Multiplier, how would I find out if this motherboard and Bios supports the Multiplier?
Thanks again for your response,
If that is the case, the 7 and 8 series do support the port multiplier then this motherboard should, shouldn't it? It is an Intel DQ77MK motherboard.
Thanks for your help,
Thank you Kevin,
What are my options if they do not acknowledge the port multiplier. This is what started this whole discussion. I've plugged a Mediasonic 4 bay ProBox into both the front and back eSATA ports and the port multiplier does not work on either one. Do I need to activate them in some way and if so can you tell me how to do it?
This is automatically enabled by design and there is no need to enable it at the BIOS level. My recommendation is to update the firmware on the device and confirm with the manufacture the correct configuration.