4 Channel 6-Port SATA 6Gb/s
PCIe RAID Host Card
User Manual
Model: UGT-ST644R
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Contents:
Chapter 1: Introduction ...................................................... 3
1.1 Product Introduction ................................................ 3
1.2 Features.................................................................... 3
1.3 System Requirements .............................................. 4
1.4 Package Contents ..................................................... 4
Chapter 2: Getting Started ................................................. 5
2.1 Hardware Layout ..................................................... 5
2.2 Hardware Installation............................................... 7
2.3 Creating and Managing Virtual Disk ....................... 7
2.3.1 Creating Virtual Disks .................................. 7
2.3.2 Managing Virtual Disks .............................. 13
2.4 Driver Installation .................................................. 22
2.5 To Verify Driver Installation .................................. 22
2.6 What is HyperDuo? ............................................... 23
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Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 Product Introduction
This board is a single-chip, PCI Express to four SATA Gen III 6Gb/s
channels host controller that brings server-class features to the desktop.
This board enables the use of the industry’s newest and fastest hard
drives at 6Gb/s while providing backward compatibility to legacy
SATA 1.5Gb/s or 3Gb/s drives. It uses the same cable and connectors
as previous SATA generations to ease integration. Besides, PCI Express
2.0 double the bandwidth of the existing PCI Express bus for faster
data throughput. It will enhance system performance for every type of
computer user. Each PCI-Express 2.0 lane provides up to 500MB/s of
throughput. It is also backward compatible with previous generation of
PCI Express 1.0 technology.
Using the onboard RAID firmware, the 4 SATA drives attached to this
controller can be easily configured as 4 individual ports with no RAID
or with RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, and HyperDuo.
1.2 Features
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Compliant with PCI-Express Specification v2.0 and backward
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compatible with PCI-Express 1.x
Compliant with Serial ATA Specification 3.0
PCI Express x2 interface, and compatible with PCI Express x4,
x8 and x16 slots
Supports communication speeds of 6.0Gbps, 3.0Gbps, and
1.5Gbps
Hot plug and Hot Swap
Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Supports Port Multiplier FIS based switching or command based
switching
Compatible with SATA 6G, 3G and 1.5G Hard Drives
Support RAID function: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and
HyperDuo
Supports Windows® XP/Vista/7/8 and Server 2008 R2
1.3 System Requirements
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PCI Express x4, x8 or x16 slot
Windows® XP/Vista/7/8 and Server 2008 R2.
1.4 Package Contents
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1 x 4 Channel 6-Port SATA 6Gb/s PCIe RAID Host Card
1 x Driver CD
1 x User Manual
1 x Low Profile Bracket
2 x SATA Cables
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Chapter 2: Getting Started
2.1 Hardware Layout
Figure 1: Layout
*Note: The internal SATA 3 and SATA 4 connectors are
dedicated channels, they can not be disabled.
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Jumper Settings
Refer to Figure 1 for the positions of each connectors. SATA 1, 2 and
SATA 1A, 2A are interchangeable. Follow the instructions in Table 1
to configure the jumper.
Output Type
Output connectors
Description
4 internal
output
SATA 1, SATA 2,
SATA 3, SATA 4
J1-J8 1-2 short
2 internal + 2
external
output
SATA 3, SATA 4,
SATA 1A, SATA 2A
J1-J8 2-3 short
SATA 2, SATA 3,
SATA 4, SATA 1A
J1-J4 1-2 short
J5-J8 2-3 short
SATA 1, SATA 3,
SATA 4, SATA 2A
J1-J4 2-3 short
J5-J8 1-2 short
3 internal + 1
external
output
Table 1: Jumper Settings
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2.2 Hardware Installation
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Turn off the power to your computer.
Unplug the power cord and remove your computer’s cover.
Locate to an empty PCI Express x4, x8, or x16 slot on the
motherboard.
To install the board, carefully align the card’s bus connector with
the selected PCIe slot on the motherboard. Push the board down
firmly.
Attach your internal devices to the 4 Channel 6-Port SATA 6Gb/s
PCIe RAID Host Card.
Replace the slot bracket’s holding screw to secure the card.
Secure the computer cover and reconnect the power cord.
2.3 Creating and Managing Virtual Disk
2.3.1 Creating Virtual Disks
This section describes the steps for creating virtual disks using the
BIOS Configuration Wizard.
Press <Ctrl>+<M> to enter Marvell BIOS Setup
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To create a virtual disk
1.
In the Topology pane, scroll to HBA0: Marvell 0 and press Enter
to select. A menu pops-up, as shown in Figure 1.
Select Configuration Wizard and press Enter to begin creating
the virtual disk.
Figure 1 Configuration Wizard
2.
Press Space to select/unselect a disk a disk, as shown in Figure 2.
Use the arrow keys to scroll the list of free disks.
Figure 2 Select Free Disks
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3.
After selecting the required disks, press Enter to continue, as
shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3 Confirm Disk Selection
4.
Create Virtual Disk by configuring its setting in the Information
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pane, as shown in Figure 4.
The controls for making selection are listed in the Help pane
when an available setting is highlighted.
Figure 4 Configure Virtual Disk
Note: Max size (MB) and Disk ID are properties of the virtual
disk that cannot be edited. Max size (MB) in the size of the RAID
virtual disk as determined by the selected RAID Level. Disk ID
lists the IDs of the physical disks comprising the virtual disk.
5.
RAID Level, as shown in Figure 5, is highlighted when the
Create Virtual Disk screen is presented. Press Enter to select a
RAID Level. A menu pops-up, as shown in Figure 5 showing a
list of available RAID levels.
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6.
Scroll the list, as shown in Figure 5, and press Enter to select a
RAID Level (HyperDuo Safe, HyperDuo Capacity, RAID 0,
RAID 10, RAID 1).
Figure 5 RAID Level
Note: The default Level is HyperDuo Safe.
7.
After selecting the raid level, scroll to Next, as shown in Figure 6.
Press Enter to create the virtual disk.
Figure 6 Create Virtual Disk
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8.
Please Y to select Yes, as shown in Figure 7, to confirm the
creation of the virtual disk. The virtual disk is now listed in the
Topology pane, as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7 Create Virtual Disk Confirmation
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Figure 8 Virtual Disks in Topology Pane
2.3.2 Managing Virtual Disks
This section contains the following topics:
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Viewing Properties of Virtual Disk
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Erasing RAID Configuration Data
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Rebuilding Virtual Disk
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Deleting Virtual Disk
Viewing Properties of Virtual Disk
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To view the properties of a virtual disk, scroll to the Virtual Disk
(HyperDuo in Figure 9) in the Topology pane. The properties of the
virtual disk are displayed in the Information pane when HyperDuo is
highlighted, as shown in Figure 9.
Figure 9 Virtual Disk Properties: Functional VD
Erasing RAID Configuration Data
Note: The RAID controller stores RAID configuration data on all
physical disks that are part of a virtual disk. RAID configuration data
must be erased on the physical disk before it can be used with another
virtual disk.
1.
In the Topology pane, select HyperDuo (HyperDuo > SSD 0:
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OCZ-VERTEX2 in Figure 10) and press Enter.
A menu pops-up, as shown Figure 10.
2.
Select Erase RAID Config Data to delete the virtual disk, as
shown in Figure 10.
3.
Select Yes when prompted to confirm the erase operation.
Figure 10 Erase RAID Configuration Data
Rebuilding Virtual Disk
Note: The 4 Channel 6-Port SATA 6Gb/s PCIe RAID Host Card BIOS
supports manual rebuilding of RAID 1 virtual disks. The rebuild
process is both initiated and complete in the BIOS. The Marvell RAID
Utility (MRU), which runs in an OS environment, CANNOT be used
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to initiate, resume, or complete the rebuild process. Spare physical
disks are not supported.
To manually rebuild a RAID 1 virtual disk
1.
When a virtual disk is degraded, the Status of a virtual disk is
changed from Functional to Degrade, as shown in Figure 11.
Figure 11 Virtual Disk Properties: Degrade VD
2.
Replace the faulty physical disk with an identical physical disk.
Note: If an identical disk is unavailable, use a replacement
physical disk or larger size or one with a slightly smaller size as
determined the Gigabyte Rounding setting for the virtual disk.
The 4 Channel 6-Port SATA 6Gb/s PCIe RAID Host Card detects
the new physical disk and lists the device under Free Physical
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Disks in the Topology pane, as shown in Figure 12.
Figure 12 Replace Physical Disks
3.
In the Topology pane, scroll to Virtual Disks (VD 0: New_VD in
Figure 13), and press Enter to select.
A menu pops-up, as shown in Figure 13
Scroll to Rebuild and press Enter to configure the rebuild process.
Figure 13 Rebuild Virtual Disk
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4.
Scroll through the list of free disk, as shown Figure 14, and press
Space to select or unselect a replacement physical disk.
Press Enter to continue.
Figure 14 Select Replacement Disk
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5.
Press Y to select Yes, as shown in Figure 15, when prompted to
confirm the rebuild process.
Figure 15 Confirm Rebuild Virtual Disk
6.
The status of the Rebuild process is reflected in the properties of
the virtual disk, as shown in Figure 16.
Figure 16 Rebuild Status
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Deleting Virtual Disk
To delete a virtual disk
1.
In the Topology pane, select Virtual Disk (New_VD in Figure 17)
and press Enter.
A menu pops-up, as shown Figure 17.
2.
Select Delete to delete the virtual disk, as shown in Figure 17.
3.
Press Y to select Yes when prompted Do you want to delete this
virtual disk?
4.
Press Y to select Yes when prompted Do you want to delete
MBR from this virtual disk?
Figure 17 Delete Virtual Disk
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2.4 Driver Installation
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Please insert the CD driver bundle with the 4 Channel 6-Port
SATA 6Gb/s PCIe RAID Host Card into your CD-ROM drive.
At the Windows desktop, click Start, then click Run.
Type D:\UGT-ST644R\Windows\Setup.exe, click OK. (Change
D:\ to match your CD-ROM drive letter)
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Restart Windows to complete the installation.
2.5 To Verify Driver Installation
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Right click My Computer and click Manage.
Select Device Manager.
Look for the following:
Windows® XP: Double click SCSI and RAID Controller:
-Marvell 92xx SATA 6G Controller should be displayed
Windows® Vista/7/8/Server 2008 R2: Double click Storage
controller:
- Marvell 92xx SATA 6G Controller should be displayed
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2.6 What is HyperDuo?
HyperDuo is a technology created by Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. to
optimize the performance of storage technology. This technology is
built in to the UGT-ST644R card. It involves the combination of SSD
as cache storage for the HDD drive to give unparalleled access speed.
This tiering of SSD and HDD can give you 80% SSD performance at
about the a third of the cost. Using safe mode, you mirror frequently
access (hot files) in SSD speed and in Capacity mode, you combination
SSD and HDD together with frequently access (hot files) in the SSD.
You can easily setup the configuration in the card BIOS to optimize
your system.
Minimum Requirement: one SSD and one HDD.
It can be setup in two modes of operation.
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Safe Mode –Mirror SSD DATA to HDD
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Capacity Mode – Add SSD and HDD Capacities together
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