ASUS M5A97 R2.0 + RAID + Samsung 840 Evo SSD = "Magician cannot communicate with the below Samsung SSD"

Current motherboard has 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports ( http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A97_R20/specifications ). They are separated into two groups: 1-4 and 5-6.

1-4 are used by raid: i have 4 hdds as a raid array
5 is used by ssd

In a BIOS, i see a settings for those 2 groups (1-4 and 5-6):
When i'm selecting settings for 1-4, i see 3 options: ide, raid, ahci (currently set to "raid")
When i'm selecting settings for 5-6, i see only 2 options: ide and raid (currently set to "raid")

That seems to be not that major issue, but Samsung Magician says it cant communicate SSD. However, it seems to work fine: i had installed Windows 8 on ssd and it is fine so far.



Any ideas how to fix that?
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  1. Since your in RAID, the computer is assigning the SSD a RAID SATA driver. You have to try and download the AMD AHCI driver and install that.
  2. Actually, i have them. Seems they are build-in Windows, as i didnt install them manually.

  3. Right click on the one that says AMD AHCI RAID controller and select Update Driver Software. Then select Browse my Computer for driver software. Then select Let me pick from a list. Then in that list select the Standard Driver which is Microsoft's driver and then reopen magician.
  4. Palorim12 said:
    Then in that list select the Standard Driver which is Microsoft's driver and then reopen magician.


    I have only the same one in a list:
  5. Or should i select something from here?

  6. Actually, i found this list, will try these drivers out: http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/chipset?os=Windows%208%20-%2032

    Nah, didnt help. List is the same.
  7. Actually, i'm more afraid that BIOS is not allowing me to set SSD to AHCI mode.
  8. Vitalii said:
    Actually, i'm more afraid that BIOS is not allowing me to set SSD to AHCI mode.


    You can't if you have a Raid array setup
  9. Palorim12 said:

    You can't if you have a Raid array setup


    Does that mean i can't use RAID + SSD (ACHI) with M5A97 R2.0?
    But RAID uses 1-4 controllers, and SSD is on 5. In BIOS there are even 2 different options for them.
  10. Guys? Should i buy a separate controller for SSD?
  11. You can only have 1 setting set in the BIOS and it has to be set before the Windows Installation.
  12. i cant even get raid of any kind to work on the same board
  13. Ferenzee said:
    i cant even get raid of any kind to work on the same board


    This board is very stubborn when working with raid. After many headaches I ended up with setting the 1-4 to raid and the ROM to legacy ROM and 5-6 as ide. Everything including the raid and my ssd that's on 5 is working "great" kinda bugs me I can't set my ssd to gpt instead of MBR but its the only way I could get everything to play nice with each other.
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