Raid Set-up

Discussion in 'Green Room' started by Ezergeezer, May 11, 2004.

  1. Ezergeezer

    Ezergeezer OSNN Addict

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    Anyone got a complete dumbo's guide to setting up raid '0', on an A7N8X-E
    mobo with 2 new Maxtor 120Gb drives, just cant seem to figure it out!
    Manual is a bit sparse on info, cant even get the mobo to see the drives.

    Just a quick dummy question too: You can set XP pro on two clean brand new drives in raid 0?, I usually do partitioning and format with XP set up disc
    on a single disc.

    I can even get to create raid set which it does, but when it comes to set up,
    windows disc loads in all the usual drivers and stuff and gets to the options screen where it says install windows when you hit enter it says 'no drives where detected, set up will exit'.

    Anybody please!!!!
     
  2. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    You have to create the arrays before hand as far as I know, you should be prompted to configure raid just after post.

    I won't know until tomorrow, when my own drives arrive :)
     
  3. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    IIRC, you need to load your hit f6 while drivers/setup files are loading off the windows disc to install your raid drivers.
     
  4. toretto

    toretto Mentally Absent

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    yes, set up the array first. normally after the post.

    second, upon installation, you need to hit f6, in my experience, if you dont, it still asks you for it after it loads everything.

    from there, everything formats and installs perfectly.
     
  5. Ezergeezer

    Ezergeezer OSNN Addict

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    Thanks guys, I'll give it a go when I get home from work today.

    Sound's stoopid but do I need to do anything in the BIOS, as to detecting the drives, theres only a screen for detecting IDE drives.

    Also just another minor one, the drives did'nt come with jumpers, my last Maxtor drive has jumper diagram on top of drive, but these new drives have the jumper pins but no jumpers or diagram, will this make a difference?

    Oh, and another one! with the jumpers are both drives set to Master? Or
    one Master and one Slave!
     
  6. Ezergeezer

    Ezergeezer OSNN Addict

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    Sorted it!

    Thanks for the responses guys, I've finally sorted it

    1. Installed drives, with no jumpers for Master or Slave on the back, because they are on separate channels, they dont them.(Bios still does'nt recognise drives)

    2. booted up hit F4 and created raid set, set chunk size to 128, best for AV
    and 4 for Server's apparantly, exit and reboot.(Bios still does'nt recognise drives)

    3. Formatted and partitioned using a Maxblast 3 bootable cd. (Bios still does'nt recognise drives)

    4. Reboot and insert Windows disc, very early into the install you are asked
    if you have any third party drivers hit F6 and place SATA drivers disc(floppy)
    into drive.(Bios still does'nt recognise drives)

    5. Windows loaded in half the the time, Finished.(Bios still does'nt recognise drives)

    6. 240Gb's at lightining speed.(Bios still does'nt recognise drives)

    7. Dont worry it works!!!!
     
  7. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    heheh

    I did the same yesterday... I pressed F6 to load the drivers.
    "Please insert the drivers into Drive A"

    Ok no problem, now where did I put my floppy drive? Do I have any floppy discs!!?

    All up and running. I may put my old drive back in tho, use it as a swap file and temp file disc... !
     
  8. Ezergeezer

    Ezergeezer OSNN Addict

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    Floppy!!!!!

    I did the same as you EP, I had no floppy drive, I took it out ages ago,
    because I've been using a 64mb mobile usb drive for loading small files and stuff.
    I thought the floppy was dead, 'long live the floppy' :) I had to rip one out of my spare computer.
     
  9. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Yeah, time to slipstream some drivers in :)