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Can You Mix Non-raid And Raid Sata Disks On The Nforce 4 Sata Controller?

Q: Can You Mix Non-raid And Raid Sata Disks On The Nforce 4 Sata Controller?

At the moment my system is set up with a bootable 3 disk SATA RAID 5 array via the SIL3114 ports. I am trying to:

FIRSTLY add a new SATA hard disk to the Nforce4 SATA ports as a non-raid drive which I want to make the system's BOOT disk and make the existing RAID 5 array non-bootable.

SECONDLY add 2 new SATA drives in a RAID1 array via the NFORCE4 chip.
I have added the non-raid HD to the nforce4 sata ports and set the appropriate BIOS RAID setting for the single HD to disabled. This has enabled me to migrate boot files etc onto the new disk. I cannot however get the system to boot from this new non-RAID hard disk as it does not appear under the BIOS Hard disk boot setting - instead it boots with the Sil31114 SATA RAID 5 array. The only way to get the new hard disk onto the Hard disk boot list in the BIOS is to disable the BIOS IDE/SATA RAID setting completely. If I do this however it will not allow me to add a further RAID1 array to the nVRAID controller.


Thanks very much

Hardware: k8nxp-sli with nf4 and SIL 3114 controllers, 6600GT graphics, XP mce 2005

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I had an adaptec 1210SA SATA RAid controller with two 160 Gb. drive mounted in RAID 0. I bought a new controller (Adaptec 2410SA) and I disconnected my two 160 Gb. drive to connect on my new controller. But now it doesn't see my RAID 0. So, I reinstalled my old 1210SA and reconnect my two drive but now it only see a JBOD and windows can't access my drives. I see that I can create a RAID 0 without initialize the two hard drives in the controller BIOS utility, but I'm not sure I could recreate the RAID 0 without loosingall my data (and damn me I should check out before doing the upgrade but I wish it's not too late). Could someone give me a hint how to recover my data? (And sorry for my english I from Montréal, Québec and I speak french). Tank you.

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Perhaps not a question for sevenforums, but I'd figure you guys would either have the answer, or be able to direct me to the answer. I purchased a Silicon SiI3512 SATA Raid Controller purely to have 2 extra SATA ports which I am using to connect to my case's external drive bays. I have flashed the bios of the controller and updated the driver to put it in "Base" mode so it is not using RAID. I did extensive research on this and it appears that I have this part right. For now, I am trying to connect a WD1600BEVT 2.5" SATA-II hard drive to one of these ports and am having some difficulty. I can see the drive, but when I try to format the drive in Windows, or a command prompt (using the windows recovery DVD) it hangs. I am wondering if this is a compatibility issue with a SATA-II drive on a SATA-I controller, however, most of the forums I have read state that if there is a compatibility issue, the controller won't even recognize the drive. I searched around to see if there was a way to force the HDD to SATA(150), but the jumpers on this drive are for SSC and RPS. Is there a way to fix this or do I need a drive that is capable of forcing SATA-I speeds? Perhaps even a controller capable of at least SATA-II since that is the minimum of all new HDDs?

A:SATA-II Drive on SATA Raid Controller?

SATA II drives are typically not backwards compatible with SATA I ports, especially on add-in cards UNLESS they have what is called "autospeed negotiation". This determines the max speed of the drive and tells it to compensate if it's too high (use SATA 1 vs 2). Unless there is a jumper on your drive, which it doesn't sound like there is, then the add-in card does not have autospeed negotiation. This is taken from Problems encountered installing SATA 3.0 Gb/s hard drives on SATA 1.5 Gb/s controllers.

I suggest finding an addin card that supports SATA II like this card: Newegg.com - Rosewill RC-211 Silicon Image 2 port SATA II PCI Express Host Controller Card(RAID 0/1/JBOD)

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I found the drivers but it said I didnt have a device in my computer..

please help..

Name: Silicon Image SiI 3112 SATARaid Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_1095&DEV_3112&SUBSYS_61121095&REV_02\4&3B1D9AB8&0&5840
Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\SI3112r.sys, 1.00.0000.0028 (English), 2/24/2003 14:21:12, 85265 bytes
Driver: C:\WINDOWS\system32\DRIVERS\SiWinAcc.sys, 1.00.0000.0004 (English), 2/12/2003 14:37:48, 9600 bytes
I found that, so I thought I should update now it says i dont have a device on my computer, it's causing freezing in a few games and I need to fix it

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Hello. I just bought Seagate SATA 250gb. Conntected it to the computer, installed via hyperion pro latest version 5.20a but now my hdd is recognised as VIA RAID CONTROLLER not as hdd. How can I fix this problem?

Here is a picture prikachi.com/files/295680N.jpg

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I have an MSI K8T Neo2 MS-6702E motherboard with a VIA VT8237 SATA RAID controller. It would be really helpful to know whether or not this controller is supported under Windows 7 x64. If it is, where can I find the driver for it? I have a hard drive and a DVD burner. The DVD drive works if I coax it, but I can't burn. The hard drive refuses to show up at all and is currently being removed and placed in an external USB case.

EDIT: I'm an idiot and just realized there is a separate forum for drivers. Could a mod move this post for me?

A:SATA RAID controller problems

Yes, the VIA VT8237 SATA RAID controller is supported. I used one on a Asus A8V Deluxe and used with a western digital caviler black 640 GB hard drive and put windows 7 on that hard drive. Also this is only a SATA 1 port not a Sata II so you need a jumper placed on your hard drive to tell it to run at Sata 1 speed if it is a Sata II hard drive. I moved the hard drive to the promise raid controler since then. I now have a blu ray burner installed on the via raid controler. Just make sure the bios settings are set up for non raid.

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Hey Guys,

I've got two 500 GB HDs in RAID 0 configuration which have been working perfectly. They contain all my music, movies and personal docs which I've collected over the years.

I have only just made this configuration as I was trying to speed my PC up. I'd recently cloned my C: onto a 7200 rpm HD and while I was doing this I joined the spare HD that resulted to another one I had in the machine in RAID 0 and after a lengthy process of copying files back and forward from laptop drives etc I now had a perfecty working PC with a faster c: drive and faster storage area for my non-windows files (d: in RAID 0 - 930 GB).

Then, last night I get a windows update for a SATA controller. I install it thinking nothing of it, rebooted the pc and now my RAID drive is not recognised. It doesn't show up in My Computer or in Computer Management. I hoped this was just a driver issue. So I went into device manager and looked at all the SATA controller driver properties and there was only one (RAID controller) with the option to roll back - so I rolled this driver back and it made no difference. My RAID drive is not registering with windows.

When I boot the computer, after BIOS is finished doing its thing I get a RAID utility come up and it says my RAID configuration is healthy so I'm guessing (and praying!!!!) that it's just a driver issue and that it can be resolved without me loosing a whole heap of important (important to me) files.

Is there anyone out t... Read more

A:Solved: SATA controller/RAID controller update serious issue


Went into Control Panel, Device Manager, Storage controllers and uninstalled all the entries in there, rebooted and windows reinstalled them all. Now back to my perfect little setup!


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in my lenovo H50-50 (windows10 64bit) i installed a new ams106x sata/raid PCI-Express controller and correctly configured as raid1 but i can not any way to make it detected by the bios in the boot device. Is there a way to make it detected by the bios and boot the system from the controller Raid? many thanks.
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

A:H50-50 - controller sata/raid non detected in bios

Welcome to the Lenovo Community !
I am not an owner of your model, but I have a suggestion.  Is there an option in the BIOS for Quick Boot or Fast Boot.   If so, try disabling if enabled.  The slower boot sequence might detect the card so that its BIOS can be loaded. 

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Hey guys I just bought http://tekgems.com/Products/la-pci22-vt6421a.htm and I was wondering how I get it to Legacy or Native Mode instead of RAID mode.

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Dear guys,

I am running into a very strange issue:
I was checking my setup the WIN7-Readyness-Software and received no issues. Installing WIN7 x86 fails with the statement, that the startup configuration cannot be changed.

I tried allmost everything and did not succeed - except when disabling RAID to normal disks. So, my assumption is, that there is an incompability with the driver.

(I also lowered security for C:, C:\boot, etc. to EVERYONE - no cure)
I formatted the disks completly - no cure.
I tried tu upgrade from XP, VISTA - still, no cure.

The strangest thing is: I hade the beta (WIN7) running, but had to re-install, due to a drive failiure and drive replacement (RAID0). Now I am running RAID1. (Yes, I also tried the whole thing with RAID0).

I am using the latest driver:


Apreciation and regards,

A:Intel RAID (ICH5) 82801ER SATA Controller

I am informed by the Microsoft windows 7 upgrade checker that Intel (who always claim that they have a good relationship with Microsoft) will not be providing a driver for the 83801EP (AMD all is forgiven).

I have been trying to source an alternative route eg IDE to SATA card or PCI to SATA card.

Has anyone solved this problem or even better is anyone from Intel vaguely interested in keeping customers happy.

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I have a Asus p4p800-e deluxe. I'm currently using the ICH5R controller 2x80 GB Hitachi deskstars Raid 0 160GB. I have a 3rd SATA 80GB Samsung hard drive. All 3 hard drives have same specs, just different brands. I want to connect the 3rd drive to the promise fasttrak 378 controller as a single SATA drive (for data backup). When I connect the drive to SATA_RAID 1 connector and setup the bios the drive isn't seen. I've tried both connections on the promise controller. Any clue how to get the bios to recognize it? Also can I just move the Raid 0 Drives over to the other controller without losing any data? I disconnected the raid drives from the ICH5R controller and connected the single drive and the bios found it, but I don't want to lose my array by connecting it to the other controller if I can get it to work with single drive on the Promise controller. In the bios I only get IDE or Raid option for the promise controller.

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Does anyone know where I might find the 64 bit ".inf" drivers for Windows 7 64 bit?

A:Silcon Image 3114 Sata Raid Controller

Quote: Originally Posted by Silver0066

Does anyone know where I might find the 64 bit ".inf" drivers for Windows 7 64 bit?

Hi and welcome

Start here Silicon Image - Support

The driver is there

Ken J++

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So I have had a HighPoint 644 SATA III 6.0 GB host card in my system for some time now, and yes, it was a total pain to set up when I initially installed it. I recently picked up a new 3TB SATA III 6.0 GB drive (newegg had uhm on sale) and I had a spare HighPoint 620 SATA III Host / RAID Controller card laying around (and a spare PCI-E slot to boot) so I dropped the card in, mounted the drive, and wired it up, using a SATA III 6.0 GB cable, of course.

I then tried to boot it up - <insert /facepalm here> - yea, I got nothing.

Has anyone else successfully gotten a HighPoint 644 and a 620 to co-exist on the same board? (It'd be even more ideal if said board was a Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P.)

I've noticed that during boot up the system is seeing the newly installed card before the primary card, since the bootable disk is already on the primary card, the next step will be to switch the ports that the cards are installed in and see if that makes any difference. There's nothing in the board docs about one PCI-E slot being initialized before the other, but it's worth investigating. Will post follow ups (especially since I have read that HighPoint support is non-existent).
Using the onboard ports so that I can still use the new drive, but sure would be nice if I could take advantage of those fast I/O rates that come with SATA III.

A:HighPoint SATA III Host / RAID Controller Card Problems

I have one but have not used it yet. I read in reviews on Newegg that you install it with nothing connected then startup and see if windows recognizes it and installs the drivers or go through the finding new hardware part. After it is recognized and installs drivers, then shutdown and install the hard drives to it. Guess we'll have to see if that works. If it needs drivers, I believe they are the Marvell 91xx drivers.

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Hi all,

I have a Dell Dimension 8300 with a WD 200G SATA drive and I'm trying to format and install a fresh copy of Windows XP Pro SP2. I have made an image of the partition C: with Norton Ghost 8.0 before I went on with the formatting.

Problem: After the installation of Win XP, it is extremely slow. As I scroll through the screen (especially when using IE), I could see the screen try to refresh from the bottom to top).

I've installed the Intel Chipset Utility and the Display driver (nVidia 66.93) but it's no help. Before as I was installing Windows, I performed the F6 procedure and installed the Promise SATA Controller from Dell for my Dimension 8300.
http://support.dell.com/support/dow...D=DIM_PNT_P4_8300&os=WW1&osl=en&deviceid=4096 but it still not working.

After that, I followed the instruction from the Dell's website and tried to manually update the SATA Controller in Windows by going to Device Manager --> SCSI and RAID controller, except there was NO SCSI and RAID controller listed in there!

So I decided to load the original C: partition from the Ghost image to see what's there for the SCSI and RAID controller, it's merely using the A347SCSI SCSI Controller from Microsoft and it does not have the slowdown problem at all.

There must be something that I've missed when installing Windows. Why wouldn't it see the SCSI and RAID controller in Device Manager? I've tried to reinstalled Windows a few... Read more

A:Win XP extremely slow on SATA, SCSI / RAID controller disappeared

Have you asked dell abt this?

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I have a Toshiba L675 that throws bluescreens. I checked the event viewer and the error is:

Event ID 11
Source: amdsata
The driver detected a controller error on \Device\RaidPort0

I went to analyze the crash with MSDART and there was no dump file present.

Another interesting thin is that there is also a warning in the event viewer that states that custom dynamic link libraries are being loaded etc. etc. etc.

When I try to install the most recent version of the driver, found on Toshiba's site, it comes back with install errors. It fails during the C++ 2010 redist. The overall install is a success according to the AMD log, but that area fails. When I check device manager after install, the driver date remains at 10/7/2009 when it should be 8/20/2012. When I check event viewer, it now gives a disk error: The driver detected a controller error on Device\harddisk1\dr1.

The individual that owns the laptop downloads music...is it really a controller error or am I dealing with a virus or some kind of malware?

A:Toshiba L675 bluescreens because of AMD Sata Raid controller error

The individual that owns the laptop downloads music...is it really a controller error or am I dealing with a virus or some kind of malware?

Don't discount either possibility. I've seen too many instances of young people and the music downloading causing problems on mom and dad's computer. File-sharing over the Internet can be a dirty business.

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I bought this Promise raid card function as a SATA controller only? If so, how? My OS is XP Pro.

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I have a problem with a RAID device. vista wont update it from the internet automatically so i used the my motehrboard cd to install it off. everything went ok and it installed well. the only problem was that when vista booted back up the driver wasnt digitally signed so vista wouldnt boot up into windows. i had to take out the hardrive and put it in as a slave and delete the files through xp. does anyone know where i can get this driver from that has been digitally signed?

A:silicon image sil3114 sata raid controller digitaly signed driver

Originally Posted by UKMach

I have a problem with a RAID device. vista wont update it from the internet automatically so i used the my motehrboard cd to install it off. everything went ok and it installed well. the only problem was that when vista booted back up the driver wasnt digitally signed so vista wouldnt boot up into windows. i had to take out the hardrive and put it in as a slave and delete the files through xp. does anyone know where i can get this driver from that has been digitally signed?

This it?s the good driver > http://www.siliconimage.com/docs/Si3..._x64_15100.zip < only you need install and then vista x64 uptade whit the new version.


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Cheers Folks

I suffered heavy lost of data creating a mirroring (!) RAID-1 on two different Silicon Image SiI3112-SATA/150-RAID-PCI-Controllers using a pair of Hitachis 7K250 harddrives (250GB, SATA/150, 7200rpm, 8MB Cache).

The BIOS detects both HDDs without problems, Windows XP Pro can be installed completely without problems but if i copy bigger files (>xxMB) from other drives or via LAN, the files are sometimes damaged.

-> 4 seperately copied WinXP SP2-Files from CD or vianetwork to any partition within the RAID-1 using the cmd "xcopy /v".

-> 2 damaged files while trying to extract the files anywhere i could.

I can run Prime95 24h+ without problems.
Both harddrives are "OK, return code 0x00", tested with the latest version of Hitachis Drive Fitness Test.

Here is the complete config:

AMD Athlon XP 2000+ with Swiftech MCX-462-V
EPoX EP-8KHA+ (VIA KT266A-Chipset)
3x 512MB Kingston HyperX, DDR3200
two different SATA/150-Controllers with different BIOS-Rev's (but even the latest one from Silicon Image won't work)

I recognized a tiny difference on the HDD firmware-revisions ... could it be that simple and that strange

Oh please, make it ending ... I spent maybe 50 hours or so on copying files, rebuilding RAIDs and installing Windows XP...

Bye bye and nice to read you, with nice greets to the www,
Kai Schwab aka "WaxMo"

A:Silicon Image SATA/150-RAID-Controller + 2x Hitachi 7K250 250GB = Data Corruption?

Which Via Hyperion drivers are you using ? Do you have a creative soundcard installed ?

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i have a windows 2000 server running off a intel motherboard that has onboard sata raid, so my 2 sata drives are currently running raid 1 (mirroring) from the board, my question is will the mirror need to be broken if i install a pci sata raid card and hook the two drives up to it? will it wipe out my data on the drives or just the mirror?

A:on-board sata raid -vs- pci sata raid....

Moving to a different brand RAID controller will require regeneration of all the data, I really doubt their formats are compatible.

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I could really use some help with this. I have a HD that I'm moving from one Windows 7 machine to another.

The new system is a Gateway DX4860. The old was was also a Gateway DX4820.
When I put the old drive in the new computer, I get the Windows Splash screen, the stars begin to appear and it resets.
I went back to the old machine and noticed the BIOS setting for SATA was set to RAID.
I changed the new system to RAID, it just froze.
I put a second drive in the new machine and now it boots properly.
I installed the AHCI drivers, changed the registry setting to 0, rebooted the machine, and changed the BIOS setting to AHCI from RAID.
When Windows tries to boot, I'm getting the same behavior as before (I get the Windows Splash screen, the stars begin to appear and it resets).
This is for Windows 7 BTW.

Gateway AND Intel have both told me I need to re-install the OS to make this happen. I'd rather not do that if AT ALL possible.

I'd very much appreciate some help with this.

Thanks so much in advance for any help you can provide!

A:Changing from SATA RAID to SATA AHCI - Help needed!

You have a few things happening here, 1st your Win7 is probably an OEM (Originaly came w/the system) andassuck is tiedto the original mobo & can'tbe moved.
2nd, you have 1 sys w/ a core2quad processor, and the other has an I5. This means the mobo & memory are different, you have a different setof drivers so thr=e DX4860 will not boot with the older drivers. Normallythis would take aclean install, but being an OEM version - you would need therecovery discsfromthe DX4860.


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Hey guys,

I just purchased a samsung sata dvdrom - this is an upgrade from my old failing IDE drive. My motherboard (an Asus A8V Deluxe) has 2 sata connectors, and another 2 raid sata connectors - the 2 regular connectors are being used up by HDD's...

The question is, can I use one of the Raid Sata's for the dvdrom? (I've tried this already with no luck, I'm wondering if there are any bios settings that'll help with this?)

If this isn't possible, can I plug the hdd's into the raid sata's and not use the raid functionality?

Thanks for your help, I look forward to replies!

A:[SOLVED] Sata vs Raid Sata? DVDRom not recognized

No the raid sata port need a raid driver and won't work with optical drives, you would be able to use the non-boot hard drive on it however and put the DVD drive on the standard sata port. Unless you already have the hard drives in a raid config.

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Ok, just got finished building my new compy and I am trying to get Xp OS to install. I get past the add additional drivers (Nvidia Raid Class Dr. and Nvidia NForce Storage Controller) and get them to install but when I get to install Xp now? "press enter" part it comes back saying that it cannot detect a hd and must quit set up. I am working on Gigabyte S-series Am2 mobo (GA-M57SLI-S4 ver. 1:1) and using two Hitachi Deskstar hds @ 250 Gbs ea. in a Raid 0 (3gbs-s SATA).
This is my first Raid and second Sata install. Now onto to what I have done...
I have followed the manual explicitly, ie. I followed the steps listed to first enter the system Bios and enabled the Raid controller, then saved and went into the Raid bios to create the Raid saved, and went back to system bios to select the Raid to a boot device and saved. Now as I said Xp is not recognizing the hds and refuses to finish installing.

I have also tried not undoing everything and just installing without the Raid using just the Nvidia Raid Class Driver that is supposedly required w/wo A Raid with the same results.
I have now redid the Raid array.

I noticed that when I went into my bios that it also does not seem to recognizing it. When I go into Advanced bios settings, under Hard Disk Priority, it lists the Raid;
1. SCSI-0 Nvidia Stripe 465.76Gbs.
2. Bootable addins cards

However, under Standard; it is not listed. see below,
IDE channel 0 M drive (dvd drive)
IDE channel 0 S drive (cd/rw)
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A:xp install is not recognizing SATA Raid nor single SATA hd

hmm, strange - have you formatted your hard drives already? Do you have Win XP with SP2 - SP2 is needed to recognize large hard drives.
I don't know how complicated it would be but if all else fails maybe undo the raid configuration format your hard drives (if they are not already) then do the raid thing. I am a beginner so these thougths/ideas might be irrelevant.

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First time posting :blush:,

Situation: I have two hard drives : main drive: Seagate 500GB w/ windows xp and second drive: WD 1TB blank.

Without backing up the main drive (ops...), i went ahead and enabled RAID 0 on both drives and created a RAID volume (128KB strip / Size: 1TB (931.5GB)).
NOTE: the RAID volume size is only showing the exact space of the 1TB, excluding the 500GB drive.
After realizing that I needed to create a backup image of my main drive to use RAID with an existing drive, I'm left with the "Operating System Not Found" message.

Question: If I Delete RAID Volume (which is based on the size from the blank 1TB drive), will both drives become available as non-RAID disks and keep the original data on the 500GB main drive and be able to run windows again?

I'm using software RAID through Intel Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v5.6.2

I understood that "Resetting the drives to Non-Raid" will cause all data on the disk to be lost, so this isn't the approach that I'll be taking til I find a solution to backup my data.
However, from reading the "Delete RAID Volume" option, it listed Deleting a volume will destroy the volume data on the drive(s) and cause any member disks to become available as non-RAID disks, so knowing that the RAID Volume is blank, then maybe trying this will be the answer.

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A:RAID issue - deleting RAID volume to restore non-RAID disks

sadly, there's no way to do what you want without an existing backup.

Look at it this way;
A disk has a container ~ the partition.
The partition as a structure ~ the filesystem (eg NTFS, FAT32, RAID).
We put our data into the structure.

When we create backups, we are getting only the data itself (unless you use an image program like Ghost or Acronis where you get all three).

Deleting the RAID will give back the two independent HDs, but also breaks the structure so that the data becomes in accessible.

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Hi guys.
I asked this question before but somehow i got no reply. i want to know whether i should get two 200 gig connected through RAID 0, or just buy one 400 SATA150 and connected to SATA master1. i really need some opinion here.

my MOBO is Asus P5AD2-E Premium.

Thanks a lot of the help.

A:Is two 200gig (SATA RAID) better than one 400 SATA (master)?

The way I would do this is like so:
400g sata drive for the os and seldom used storage. I'd likely do a 10g os partition, and the rest for data, backups, etc.
I would raid0 the apps, raid0 of the os is asking for it, in my opinion.
Put a pagefile on the os drive and the raid0 array for best performance.

This way the os is on a reliable drive rather than on a risky raid array, apps get a boost from the raid0 array.
Keep in mind that most of the always needed parts of the os will ALWAYS be in memory. Raid0 for the os isn't really needed for performance. Of course, if all you have is a raid0 array, you kinda have to place the os there...

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I've searched around and found many threads on converting from non-Raid to RAID however, little on the process of going the other way. If you know a thread, please pass it along.

I have a system image from the Raid 0 system on a single disk. However, it appears if I set the SATA configuration in BIOS as AHCI or IDE the system will not boot. It appears that leaving the SATA configuration in RAID mode allows the system to boot, even if the main drives are not configured as RAID.

Is there any down-side to leaving the SATA controller configured as RAID? The Intel RAID manager comes up during boot and reports the two disks as non-RAID.

Am I stuck having to leave that mode set (other than doing a full rebuild of the system and all applications)?

This is all on Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thank you,


A:Converting from RAID 0 to non-RAID SATA

Generally speaking, switching from non-RAID to RAID 0 involves a complete data wipe on the drives you want to set up in RAID to allow the RAID controller to construct a RAID array with whatever drives. I am not sure if that would be the case for the reverse process, but I have a feeling it probably has the same effect. Especially if you decided to delete the array.

In either case, I would make sure you have a complete backup of any and all files you want to save before attempting anything.

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Hi: we have a Supermicro server with an Intel C600 series controller and we would like to use some of the ports and their disks as removable devices, to allow to copy media from one server to another. I mean:
- The controller has 4 ports with 4 disk on each, 16 disks in total
- The first 4 ports will remain the same, not removable (OS in Raid 1, Media in Raid 0)
- The other ports (2-4) will be used with SATA SSD drives and we need to remove them via Eject hardware (as an attached hard drive) and then being able to attach them to the backup server to read the media.

So far as I know, there's a DWORD I may need to add in the registry, but a little help would be more than welcome to solve this.

This is the opposite way, to not allow the HDD to be ejected.

Thanks in advance!

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can i disable the raid sata and use it like ordinary sata for optical drive in the intel D975XBX2 ? thanks

A:raid sata to ordinary sata

I use two sata drives in a hardware raid 0.

What RAID are you using? RAID 0/RAID 1/RAID 5
You can break your RAID, BUT you will lose all the striped data on all your drives if configured in RAID 0.
RAID 1 are mirrored drives, and the array can be broken without data loss.

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I'm hoping someone here can help. I'm very new to Raid, so you'll have to excuse my ignorance here. I'm using an HP pavilion p6210Y with 2x 2TB, WD Caviar Green's trying to set up a raid 1 array. I've reached the Nvidia raid array setup utility, and it appears I have successfully loaded the raid drivers.
After doing this, I inserted my Windows 7 x64 home premium install disc, and it sat on "Detecting storage devices...". After a few minutes of this, I was presented with an Error stating "No disks reserved for raid use, raid disabled." Then shortly after, switches to a message stating: "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key."
I'm now unable to reach the Nvidia Raid setup, and unable to load the windows disc.

I'm certain the CD drive is good, as it works fine in another computer.
Mediashield ROM BIOS RPT
Copyright (C) 2009 NVIDIA Corp.
If someone would know what to do from here, please share your knowledge.

A:no disks reserved for raid use Raid disabled - Raid 1

Do you have Windows on the drive now? How did you load the drivers? Drivers won't function without an operating system, so I'm a little confused about exactly what you did.

How did you run the setup utility? Does your machine support hardware RAID or are you using software RAID? Are there RAID settings in BIOS?

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My son installed a SATA raid 1 with 2 disks on my computer. Has been working fine. I wanted to transfer the raid controller to a newer computer that is replacing the original one as a server for a 7- computer network. All computers running XP professional.
Based on my limited knowledge of raid 1, I thought I should be able to take either disk and run it as a regular harddrive. Neither disk would boot up when connected directly to the mobo instead of to the controller. I tried each of the harddrives alternately, using each of the SATA connections available on the mobo. Nothing.
I went to the RAID controller menu and deleted the RAID array, thinking I needed to un-configure the disks somehow. Can someone tell me if I have thereby erased all info on both harddrives?
Thanks. I am completely new to the forum.

A:raid 1 disks not bootable after removed from controller

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Hello folks, room for a stupid guy?
I'm trying to set up a serial ata aray (mirrored)no joy.
2xwd 200 gb hard drives, ga-k8nnxp motherboard,windowsxp.Installed drivers set up arry in the boot-up raid function, I get as far as the boot screen and then computer restarts.
Please help.


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ok...so ive been looking for a motherboard and every one i see, mentions either SATA or RAID controller or something with like 0/1...
I dont know what these are or what they mean, so could neone explain and/or help?


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Hi all

I am going to buy a new desktop barebones and want the new Win 8.1 OS to install on an SSD 120GB so that I get faster boot-ups. Together with the SSD I want to include two SATA 3 HD's connected in RAID 1

1] Just not sure how or if RAID 1 will actually work with three drives as above. Will all three drives work together, for RAID 1, or would I have to ditch the SSD and only have two SATA 3 HD's ?

2] I have experienced two HD corruptions already and one Windows OS corruption on two previous PC's. I am looking for long term drive and data and OS stability Will a new RAID 1 set up cause my data and OS to perform with greater stability as I tend to hang on to PC's and HD's for a long time before upgrading?



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When I install an SATA hard drive and install Windows, do I really need the SATA raid motherboard driver or is that for multiple hard drives?


Generally, the RAID motherboard drivers are for the SATA controller as a whole, both normal operation & RAID. Yes, you will most likely need them to install windows. Hope this helps!

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Hi, I have 2 500gb SATA drives, one with a working windows vista install which I don't want lose, the other is empty. and I have a 250gb IDE drive which is empty. I currently only have one IDE cable which is connected to a DVD-ROM.

Is it possible to set up a RAID-0 with the three drives without losing my Vista install (I have a data partition which I don't want to lose, and a dual boot with Linux which I'm happy to lose temporarily) and using the IDE cable attached to both the DVD and HDD.

My mobo is Asus M2N-E SLI
Any more info needed, please ask.



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My mobo supports SATA and RAID but I have no idea if I should try to install my harddrive to one of these. Could someone explain the use of these?


First you will need TWO of the SATA or Serial ATA interface Hardrives.
A RAID setup is wher the two drives work as one logical drive, the combined read and write speeds make the system run faster. The method used is called striping. Where instad of a file being written contingiously on the harddrive it is written in a data stripe on alternating harddrives.

For example, a standard PC has one harddrive. we will equate this to a glass with a straw. The CPU or whoever is drinking out of the glass can only transfer as much as the one straw will allow.
With RAID you have two glasses and each has a straw, 2X faster drinking or data transfer. This is a RAID 0 array. There are other types of RAID arrays but this is the most common.

RAID 1 = Basic RAID 0 setup but with one harddrive as a backup that holds the contingious files that are written to the other harddrives. This is the next most common. This requires 3 or 4 harddrives.

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I use a D975XBX2 motherboard. I have four black sata ports. One for my HDD, one for my CD/DVD drive, and the other two are blocked. Intel's desingers never thought of the 90 degree sata cable when placing their ports in. I need the 90 degree cables just so it fits underneath my video card. Because of this, the cables block the other ports limiting my sata ports to only 2.

I have 4 blue ports which apparently are RAID ports. I want to plug in another HDD for additional space. I entered my raid utility and selected the spare drive option. None of the RAIDs would work. PC boots up and raid control recognizes the drive. My Computer and device manager do not recognize the drive.

I really want to use my extra HDD, but my computer does not. how can I get my computer to allow me to use my HDD plugged in my blue sata port?

#3 is where my video card is. I can't use #6 because of my ram cooler, and can't use #1 because of the way my PCI cards are set.
#11 is where I have the 2 sata drives plugged in. One in the top left with the cable crossing over the top right. Vice versa for the bottom two.

#15 is where I have a second HDD plugged in that wont work.

Am I basically SOL when it comes to plugging in a new drive? I don't want to do any formatting and cannot rearrange my PCI cards (actually, I can't do it at all).

A:Sata, RAID? I just want another HDD!

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Why is it so hard to set up a SATA Raid 0 Drive??? Here is what I have. Asus K8V with the latest bios. I have 2 160 GB Samsung SATA drives.

I have followed the directions in the book to the letter. Only now that I upgraded the bios to the latest build I am not able to hit the tab key to get to the utility to set up the raid.

After I get past that I go to the windows set up when it asks you to hit the F6 key to laod drivers. I do that with the floppy and get to the screen to install and windows says no drive.

I read that you have to fdisk the drive but can't get to commnad prompt to do that

Any help


A:Sata Raid o Set up

The tab option is when the bios first starts up. It is there to setup the drives, but when I go to it I can't do anything.

Yes it prompts me for the "s" and I put the floppy in I hear the floppy working. Thats when windows say no drive??

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I have a built in Raid controller on my motherboard and wait to activate raid. Do I need 2 Harddrives of the same size, or can I use different sizes. Like one of 250GB and one of 200Gb?


you should be able to used non equal drive sizes. But you will lose all extra space on the larger drive. It will setup as the speed and size of the smallest and slowest drive.

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Hi everyone from a new member!

I am struggling to set up my first SATA Raid 0 array.

I am using 2 x 120GB Maxtor SATA drives on an Abit IC7 mobo. The only other drive installed is an LG Tri Format DVD Writer.

Whenever I enable Raid in the bios I can not boot from the SATA drives. If I set the SATA drives to normal IDE mode I can boot normally.

In Raid mode, I have set up the Raid array in the SATA raid bios and started to install Windows XP. Windows installs all files onto the SATA Raid drives then attempts to reboot but can't find the hard drive!

I know that I am probably overlooking something very simple but hours of research and trial and error have not helped!

Please help me before I go totally Bald!
SATA Raid Chipset is Intel ICH5R



Two things for when you're trying to install your OS (Windows) onto a raid array:

1) Some raid controllers require you to push a key (F10 or similar) during their startup every time you boot until you've installed the Windows drivers. May or may not apply to you; see the manual for your raid chipset.

2) Early on during the install from CD, 2k/XP will display for a few seconds:
"Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver"
This applies to you. Push F6, and give it the windows driver for your raid chipset on floppy or CD.

Start your Windows install again from scratch following the above (first ensuring that you're using the raid mode that you want) and all should be well.

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I'm looking at a new Z68 mobo.

On the Gigabyte website they state that their Z68 has,

"Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
* When a RAID set is built across the SATA 6Gb/s and SATA 3Gb/s channels, the system performance of the RAID set may vary depending on the devices being connected"

I've attached the whole description.

Are they saying they can RAID using the Intel chip as opposed to the Marvell chip?

I thought you could only RAID SATA 6 using Marvell, and only RAID 0 or 1.

Am I misunderstanding this? Any help would be appreciated, thanks.


Quote: Originally Posted by bob lobla

Are they saying they can RAID using the Intel chip as opposed to the Marvell chip?

They are saying that you can use both for RAID

Quote: Originally Posted by bob lobla

I thought you could only RAID SATA 6 using Marvell, and only RAID 0 or 1.

You can also use the Intel SATA 6 for RAID 0 or 1

If you want to make a RAID that spans the Intel SATA 3 / 6 ports with RAID 5 or10 is where their description comes in and you will only get the speeds when you plug in the correct hardware to the correct ports. which could produce a raid with two internal speeds

This is my understanding of it

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i have bought a custom built pc. this is my first time with a pc where i need to start from scartch. it took me forever to figure out why windows would stop at setup saying my hard disc drives werent detected - i need the drivers. i have been looking everywhere trying to find the one for my mobo, but i cant.


asus m2n mobo
amd x2 5600+
4gb ram
asus radeon x6500pro 256MB
250 GB SATA HDD UDMA 300 7200 8MB
250 GB SATA HDD UDMA 300 7200 8MB

^ yup got 2 hard drives in hopes of figuring out how to raid0 , as told on a different forum. so i need help with the drivers, if any1 could tell me what files i need to put onto a cd/floppy.

also can i pull this off if my new pc has 1 dvd rom, with no floppy drives?
i could try to put in the floppy from my old pc, but just wondering if its possible.
i have spent over 2 frustraing days with this issue, im really on the edge atm, hopefully someone will help out

thank you in advance.


A:help with sata raid please anyone?

I think the only way to use a DVD drive is to slipstream the OS on a DVD with the drivers. I haven't done it myself. When I built my first PC I installed a floppy and I am thankful I did just for this reason.

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Hi all,

Does a sata 2 hard disk (jumper removed) configured as ide in the bios have 3.0 gbit transfer speed, or do I have to set up a raid to have that speed ?


A:Must have raid for Sata 2 speed ?

RAID is not necessary.

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Hey all what's up. Thankfully my PC has been running great! My SSD main drive is running low on space so I had a question I couldn't quite get the answer to on google.

My motherboard supports 2, SATA3 connections.
My current drives are SATA2 SSD main drive and a SATA3 1TB media drive.

If I were to add 2 SATA3 SSD's in RAID, does that use up both the SATA3 ports on the motherboard? or do they just combine and use 1? leaving me with 1 for my current media drive. I've never done any RAID so... sorry.

Hope I made sense,

A:RAID SATA 3 6gb/s question

Two Hd Drives = two Sata ports.

60GB SSD as your OS drive, I would move your personal Data to the 1tb drive.

I personally would stay away from RAID & dynamic partition, as it seems to more problems than it is worth.

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My uncles is wanting to replace the IDE drive he kept in his new tower i built for him....

Ive told him that he would be better getting 2 x 250Gb SATAII drives 300Mbps in RAID ARRAY than getting 1 x 500Gb SATAII 300Mbps drive as the loading times will be reduced by half again as the data is write/read to both drives instead of just one...

is this right?

he currently has 1 80Gb x IDE 100Mbps drive which shares the DVD drive IDE controller.

so if he had TWO 250Gb SATAII drive @ 300Mbps he would get 600Mbps throughput in RAID ARRAY wouldnt he?

He was toying with idea of RAPTOR drives but too expensive for him.. I said two SATAII 300 drives in RAID ARRAY would be faster than one single RAPTOR... yes? no?

any advice on all this would be great , and how do i know if his mobo supports SATAII 300 ?
also I have a SATA300 7200RPM drive just installed in my laptop.. how do i know its running on SATA300 ? it does have a jumper on the drive
the drive is noisy and im thinking of sending back for a 5400rpm SATA300...

A:SATA + RAID advice please....

ive checked and his MOBO supports SATA300 drives - upto 4 of them

but theres no mention of RAID controllers...but im sure i seen something about RAID in the BIOS when I built the PC...

can anyone check the above link for me to verify it will need a RAID controller... if so what do i get?

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I'm building a custom PC right now and I'm a little confused about the drivers I need for setting up XP on a SATA HDD.

I'm setting it up with one 250 GB SATA HDD, maybe more later but without RAID.

I have a floppy disk I made with RAID Drivers from my motherboard disc, but are these the same drivers I need for Windws XP to recognize my SATA HDD or do I need other 'SATA' drivers?

As far as my motherboard manual says (It's an ASUS M2R32-MVP) it is compatible with WinXP/2000, it only says I need those drivers if I plan on setting up a RAID system, which I don't.

So do I need more drivers, or should the RAID ones be what I need for WinXP to identify my HDD?
Any help is appreciated.

A:RAID and SATA Question

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