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D2700DC and mini-PCIe

idata
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just got a D2700DC, nice little board i must say

however, i'm having problems with the mini-PCIe. In short, i have got the OCZ Nocti 60G msata SSD, and want to use it as the harddrive for the system. However, the board doesnt seem to see it: not the SSD, but the port itself! in the BIOS under "PCI/PCIEe configuration" it only lists the PCI slot (and it's empty) - no mention of PCIe within that menu item, and the graphic to the right of the screen doesnt show anything about PCIe.

I have tried numerous CMOS resets (taking the battery out to do it), and have flashed the BIOS from rev 67 to 69 - the latest, but no joy. just doesnt seem to see it.

what am i doing wrong? both parts are new, so i dont suspect any form of hardware failure, but i believe ive done all i can from a software/firmware perspective.

help! any/all ideas welcomed!

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idata
Community Manager
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Hi,

In order to use the msata SSD on the mini-PCIe as a hard drive for the system you will need to get an adapter to connect it as described on the following technical documentation:

http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-032415.htm?wapkw=032415 http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-032415.htm?wapkw=032415

idata
Community Manager
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So D2700DC/MUD does not support msata? what kind of SSD can be used naively through mini PCI-e?

Thanks

NSCOTT_P_Intel
Employee
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Fouad,

Essentially, for MSATA cards to be supported in the mPCIe connector, one of the onboard SATA controllers must be dedicated to the mPCIe connector. I am sorry to have to tell you that the D2500CC, D2500HN, D2700DC and D2700MUD boards do not have such a dedication and thus cannot support MSATA directly. Only the DN2800MT board has such a dedication.

I used the word "directly" on purpose. What Dan was referring to is that there are supposedly mPCIe cards that provide their own SATA controller. I say "supposedly" only because I have never actually seen one of these cards myself. I will contact the TME responsible and see if he can provide you with a reference for one..

...Scott

idata
Community Manager
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Scot,

Thanks for your reply, as it makes sense to me now, the problem is it is not mentioned clearly in the datasheet, so it was confusing.

And Mini PCI Express SSDs, usually have a suffix of SATA or PATA, I assume that is related to the interface (SATA or PATA) multiplexed to the Mini PCI Express.

Fouad

SKura1
Beginner
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Hello team,

this is mpcie->ssd related.

I'm curious if one (or both) of the following options will work \ boot :

1) Corestore MV which is designed for mpcie and should have its own sata controller

http://www.supertalent.com/products/ssd_category_detail.php?type=CoreStore CoreStore SSD | Super Talent Technology - SSD | Solid State Drives

2) mcie -> sata converter like

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PM1061-SATA-to-mini-PCIE-Adapter-/321177918086?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=it... http://www.ebay.com/itm/PM1061-SATA-to-mini-PCIE-Adapter-/321177918086?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=it...

(this option is preferable since i already have ssd drive)

The idea is to use mpcie slot as a port for bootable ssd (or at least just as an expension with 2 extra sata ports), while using 2 sata ports for a 3tb hdds. Im building a home storage server. Board itself has only 2 satas.

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NSCOTT_P_Intel
Employee
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ksergei-by,

First of all, the design team is saying that they cannot guarantee support for either of these product classes, but this is mostly because we have never tried using these types of device. They may work just fine; we simply don't know. Without going into an exhausting explanation of the issues, the primary one to consider is as follows:

In order to boot from an add-in storage device - especially one providing a separate SATA interface chip - this device must provide the BIOS with a compatible "Option ROM" that (in loose terms) provides a device driver that the BIOS can use to read from the storage device and start the boot process. You need to determine whether these devices provide such a capability; without it, you will not be able to boot from these devices (or from drives connected to them)...

...Scott

SKura1
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Jose_H_Intel1
Employee
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A converter will be the recommended option as suggested by Dan above.

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