MOTHERBOARD - GIGABYTE GA-7VM400M
SATA RAID Controller Card - SABRENT SBT-SRD2 with Silicon Image Sil3512 chipset
HARD DRIVES - 2 x Western Digital WD2500 SATA HDDs
OTHER - CD/DVD-ROM connected on the IDE bus
I want to install the OS (WinXP) on a striped RAID 0 array. I do not have any other HDD's connected with only the IDE DVD-ROM attached.
I don't know what I am doing wrong, but the RAID BIOS, where you configure your RAID setup doesn't appear.
Is there anything I need to do to make it appear? ie install/integrate the RAID BIOS with my mobo BIOS? Should it automaticallly appear as it is installed on the card which is plugged into the PCI bus?
I have been able to boot from the Win XP CD-ROM and add the RAID driver, but when it gets to the point where it wants me to select the partition I want to install Windows on it obviously doesnt detect a HDD.
Sounds like you need to change the option in the BIOS from IDE/AHCI to RAID then you should get your controller bios. Enter the controller configuration setup the RAID-0 then reboot run the XP cd with the driver and BAM!
There should be a CTRL- sequence e.g. CTRL-S
to invoke the option ROM on that RAID controller
To invoke the Intel option ROM, the sequence is CTRL-I.
Did that card come with a manual? If not, try to find a manual
on the Internet.
You may also need to re-set your BIOS to "Standard IDE"
(or similar setting) for the integrated ports on that motherboard.
If you enable RAID for the on-board ports AND you also want
to install Windows on a RAID managed by that expansion card,
you would logically need to load 2 sets of device drivers
with F6 -- one set for the on-board ports and
one set for the expansion card.
It sounds to me that you might be more successful
loading only 1 device driver with F6 i.e. the driver
for that expansion card.