2 Questions about SATA & Basic v Dynamic Disc

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by mac1, May 6, 2005.

  1. mac1

    mac1 OSNN Addict

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    hi
    I am just about to format and reinstall everything because i have changed things around in my computer so i need some help with 2 things i am not sure about.

    I now have 3 H/D's partitioned into 2 drives, as below. these H/D's are all Online/BASIC/ NTFS.

    Q:1 Would i be better to convert them to Dynamic Disc's or not. also if so would i lose all my data on my store drives. what are the benefits if any.

    My H/D Setup.

    Disc-0 Master = HD-1 = 120Gb Samsung SP120 3N, partition-1 = (C:)WinXP Pro, partition-2 = (D:)Drive-1 Store-1

    Disc-1 Slave = HD-2 = 120Gb WD1200BB-00DWA0, partition-1 = (E:)Drive-2 Store-1, partition-2 = (F:)Drive-2 Store-2

    Disc-2 Slave = HD-3 = 200Gb MAXTOR-6B200P0, partition-1 = (G:)Drive-3 Store-1, partition-2 = (H:)Drive-3 Store-2

    Drive= (I:)= CD-Rom = NEC-DVD-RW-DL

    Next part
    When my computer boots there is a message on the screen which says, "see below". When i pres TAB and go into the User Window nothing seems to happen and WinXP just boots as normal.
    My motherboard is Jetway V600DAP with SATA/RAID ect,

    message on boot screen
    Scan Devices
    Press <TAB> Key into User Window.
    Serial-CH0 Master: No Device
    Serial-CH1 Master: No Device

    Q-2 I am not sure whats this for, am i missing something or is my motherboard just looking for SCSI H/Drives. There is a VIA RAID tool loaded when i install my motherboard drivers, but when i use it it says, (No stand-alone disk and No usable disk array attached, please check if any disk array is broken.)

    My drives are SATA Serial ATA Drives, if i am correct? hope so.

    hope someone can help.
     
  2. ming

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  3. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Dynamic is only useful if you are using software RAID. So if you're not, use Basic.
     
  4. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    That is the ViaRaid bios screen that you push TAB to enter and needs to be enabled even for single SATA drives attached to the controller. I hate to tell you this but if you are seeing no device on those two channels then your drives are not SATA.
     
  5. Steevo

    Steevo Spammer representing. Political User Folding Team

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    Dunno if it is the same but on some PC's with SATA I have noticed it takes longer fopr th drives to initilise.