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Thread: Add SATA connector to SATA controller?

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    Anyone know if you can solder on an additional connectors to the controller pictured to have 4 instead of just 2?

    Solder points look easy enough and I sure it would be fairly easy to get the connector. Or even just snip a SATA cable and solder straight to the board (for 360 modding purposes).

    Thanks


    EDIT: It is a Rosewill RC-215
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    Where u at clocker?
    Last edited by SingaBoiy; 01-31-2009 at 08:48 AM.
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    clocker's Avatar Shovel Ready
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    Still in Denver, why?

    Oh...about your project.
    It does look possible to solder on a port but I have to wonder if the controller chip is capable of reading it.
    It could be that the card which actually gets the extra port installed also gets a different controller to match.

    So, dunno.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clocker View Post
    Still in Denver, why?

    Oh...about your project.
    It does look possible to solder on a port but I have to wonder if the controller chip is capable of reading it.
    It could be that the card which actually gets the extra port installed also gets a different controller to match.

    So, dunno.
    If not that then it would most likely at least need a firmware flash to make it know there's more ports to listen to.

    Where are you going to get the sata port to solder on anyway? I bet they'd cost $5 each, you're better off getting a second card at only $10.

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    The chip on that board is a vt6421a, a DUAL CHANNEL SATA 150 and Ultra ATA controller, so as clocker suspected it would need a different controller chip.
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    An alternative chip is the vt6420 which is a 4 channel SATA 150 controller with no Ultra ATA function.

    So I'd say that board can either have the 6420 chip and 4 SATA ports or the 6421a chip and 2 SATA ports and one PATA port. You've got the 6421a.
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    Damn Lynx

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    Thanks for the clarification. Not worth it to try to replace the chip + add 2 sata connectors lol. Just seeing if it was possible
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