I am building a new pc and wish to set up a RAID1 configuration.
MSI P35 Nero 2 MB
Intel Core 2 Quad 6600
2 - WD 500gb SATA2 16mb 7200rpm WD50000AAKS hard drives
4 GB Ram
GeForce 8800GTS Video Card
Soundblaster X-Fi extreme Gamer
750w coolmaster power supply
Lian Li V2100 case
2 DVD Drives
When I first booted it up it saw the DVD's Drives but not the HD's. I played around with cables and SATA sockets on the MB and got one drive recognized... now I am struggling to see the second drive before I load the operating system. I switched the cable from the drive that was seen to the other drive and it still sees one drive... so the drive is not bad. The SATA cables are 36" long as this is a big case.
I got the BIOS to see one drive on SATA6...but SATA 1 - 5 ore "Not Detected"... I changed the cable to a shorter one...still does not see it at boot up... I have not set up the RAID1 configuration yet so it should not be acting as one drive right?
You might hate me for asking this, but have you tried each drive in every SATA port on the MB, it could be a MB issue?
I also noticed that there is a lighter blue SATA connector on the board is any of you board connected in it? If so try connecting it to one of the 4 other ports (the light-blue SATA is provided by one of the MB's sub-component, the Marvell 88SE6111, and might not be recognised by the BIOS itself).
Two of the ports are covered by the video card...I did not even try to connect to them...however to get one drive recognized I plugged it into the light blue port...after they both were not recognized in the black exposed ports...but I just moved the cable off the light blue port put it back into the black port and ...viola it sees them both....and that is the way I installed them in the first place...dang...must have been some pilot error along the way somewhere.
OK I have the Raid 1 setup...now a dumb question...this is a new machine and I have not set up a RAID system before. Do I really need to have a floppy to install XP in a RAID 1 configuration?
The XP setup disk will not allow me to go anywhere but to the floppy if I do the F6 prompt...I installed a floppy drive and enabled it and made a SATA driver floppy on another machine from the MSI setup disk but the machine does not see it... the floppy light blinks but the insert disc prompt returns.
BTW...I read the manual and the instructions like most manuals are less than clear.
I bought a new floppy drive... now I stripped the txtsetup.oem file of all references to anything but the ICH9R driver and the system accepted it and loaded the drivers but when XP went to load it said it could not find the hard drives.
The BIOS is set to RAID and the RAID configuration shows up at bootup
I rebooted without F6 just for drill and no drives were found?
Got it... a guy on the MSI forum posted some drivers that would work...seems like Intel's or MSI would have the right ones...not sure they are the same but at least these work...now all I have to do is wait for the HD to format and I am good to go.