I've got a GIGAGYTE GA8IRXP M/B and am trying to create a mirrored array using two identical hard drives, with the Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 operating system on it. I have successfully installed the O/S, main board and RAID drivers on one of the 80 GB IBM hard drives connected to IDE2 so as to use the main board’s primary disk controller, as stated in the manual. Now I move this drive over to IDE 3 and connect the identical blank drive to IDE 4.Now I boot the computer and enter the fastrack setup. Both the drives are recognised and showing up as functional, when I press ‘1’ to enter set up I’m presented with a flashing box saying ‘NO AVAILABLE DISKS! Any key to continue’.When the computer has started and I open the fastcheck utility both the drives are showing up and functional but the mode is striping, they also show up in the device manager. I just can’t get the security mirrored array I want. The jumpers on both drives are set to master, I don’t know if this is correct. The first splash screen to come up shows ‘MB fastrack 133 lite Bios version 2.00.0.20.Hope somebody can tell me where I’m going wrong. Thanks Nick.
When the drives are connected to IDE3/4 using their own cable, its correct that they both should be master. And the drives are recognised in this setup, as you say.
I would expect that you get the 'No available disk' warning, because there is not at least two blank disks available to create the array on. Im not sure. But I think you have to create the mirror array before you put any data one the disk.
Thanks for the reply hammerbot,you may be right,the manual is not very clear but it did say if you've got a win 2000 o/s then load o/s and all drivers os using the m/b's primary h/d controller.I've emailed gigabyte tech support so we'll see what they've got to say.Thanks