I just received a new shiny T5600. I have a question about the Perc controller, as I am not able to find any details on other forums or the internet.
I have a SSD which I connected to SATA1 and installed Win7 64bit. The DVD drive is connected to SATA0. On the motherboard, I noticed a SAS1 port connector, as well as four SATA connectors (numbered HDD0,1,2,3). I wish to connect an additional hard drive to one of these ports, but amy getting nowhere with this. Windows does not detect the drive, nor list any storage controller being installed. I have downloaded and installed all the drivers. The SAS Raid Driver fails to install (update package is not compatible with your system configuration).
The BIOS only lists the two SATA ports, and lists the devices connected to it, but no other ports. During startup, there is no prompt to enter any RAID config (usually Ctrl+R).
The SATA operation mode is set to AHCI, and I have tried ATA (the only other option available) but nothing positive as to the other SATA ports. Am I to assume that the 'hardware' (controller) is there, but can't be used?
Would be grateful to any help or advice.
Just did some testing with a new T5600 with BIOS A07, and figured I should set the record straight.
I do not thing they bother making a single cable. Yes, you can get the 4 port cable and just use 1 port. You can search around for the type of cable you want on various sites. The port on the RAID card is SFF-8087. So you are looking for SFF-8087 to SATA cables.
Thank you very much. I have now sourced the cable and I am looking forward to putting it to use!