2 1tb hard drives
2 250gb hard drives
1 random sized drive for the os to run on
My first computer see's all of my hard drives just fine
My second computer won't see both of my 1tb hard drives at the same time. The bios see's them both, but windows won't.
Windows XP Pro w/sp2
This is starting to make me very unhappy
And I run two systems with identical hard drive setups so I can sync the files in case I loose a hard drive on one system I'll have the files on the other system. (most economical way I can find to backup 2tb's worth of information at home)
I have 2 of the sil pci sata raid cards holding the 4 sata drives and the one drive is a IDE on the motherboard.
So you're saying during POST you can see the two 1TB drives being detected when the BIOS of the PCI SATA card comes up is that correct?
Then the next BIOS for the 2nd PCI SATA card comes up to detect the two 250GB drives appears is the correct?
(Or whichever card is detected first)
Go into the BIOS menu of the card where the two 1TB drives are attached to and make sure something similar to 'IDE' is selected and not 'AHCI'. And check other settings in there as well.
Second I'm a network engineer with over 10 years exp handling hardware, etc. Windows XP pro, legal, and I just upgraded to sp3.......
Keep your work and home stuff separate, for your own sake.
At work as one of the system admin I follow what's the safest and most compatible for their software requirement. That means testing out every patch, updates...etc. extensively before deploying as you would do.
At home it's totally different for me. I have a for need speed with latest hardware and software to go with it. I keep one XP SP3 laptop for compatibility sake while the rest of the machines runs Server2K8 SP2 and VistaSP2. It for home use and I just want whatever is the latest which I do a small test on one of the machines first before deploying them to all (3 others) around the house. While it's not almost fail-proof as in a business environment, the advantage from using newer software (&hardware) far outweighs it for what home usage needs.
Lastly, experience only accounts for half in the field of IT. The other half comes from the constant motivation to improve and perform at peak under various conditions.
Now back to topic. Does your 2nd machine also have two PCI SATA cards like this machine as well? Unlike servers, some desktop motherboards can be a real pain when
I'm convinced at this point the whole system just hates me. I have reloaded, bought new sata cards, etc. I even tried a different amd board and processor combo. I'm conviced at this point it is the older motherboards. The other system is a newer motherboard and a dual core processor. Guess I just need to bite the bullet and get another new mobo processor combo.