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Zip drive vanishes after SATA RAID install on Dimension 8200

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Anonymous
August 27, 2004 2:56:37 AM

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Here is my problem and what I've done so far. Any help will be greatly
appreciated.

1. Removed my old hard drive.

2. Installed a promise SATA RAID card in my Dimension 8200, along with
two hard drives connected to it.

Secondary IDE cable connects to a DVD drive, and a DVD-RW drive. Both
work fine.

Primary IDE cable connects only to a zip drive, set as Master
(remember, original hard drive was removed).

In order to avoid the "press F1 to continue, F2 to enter setup"
message that I got after booting with this configuration, I had to go
to the bios and set the primary IDE channel (0 and 1) to OFF.

Now the system boots fine, but I don't see the Zip drive. My guess is
that since the bios sees the primary IDE as being off, and the hard
drives are on a SATA card, it does not see the Zip drive.

If I set the primary IDE to AUTO, I get the "press F1 to continue, F2
to enter setup" message - which I want to avoid.

Please help!

Many thanks
Anonymous
August 27, 2004 3:53:42 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Found the solution thanks to a friend. Here is how: set the PC to boot
from the SATA card first (in the BIOS under Hard Drive Sequence), then
enable IDE Primary 0 ("AUTO" - attached to Zip as Master) and set IDE
Primary 1 to OFF (nothing attached to it). A couple of reboots and now
both the BIOS and the OS recognize the Zip drive and I don't get the
F1 message any more either.

paymana@usa.com (P.A.) wrote in message news:<66ecb245.0408262156.3f1d1a31@posting.google.com>...
> Here is my problem and what I've done so far. Any help will be greatly
> appreciated.
>
> 1. Removed my old hard drive.
>
> 2. Installed a promise SATA RAID card in my Dimension 8200, along with
> two hard drives connected to it.
>
> Secondary IDE cable connects to a DVD drive, and a DVD-RW drive. Both
> work fine.
>
> Primary IDE cable connects only to a zip drive, set as Master
> (remember, original hard drive was removed).
>
> In order to avoid the "press F1 to continue, F2 to enter setup"
> message that I got after booting with this configuration, I had to go
> to the bios and set the primary IDE channel (0 and 1) to OFF.
>
> Now the system boots fine, but I don't see the Zip drive. My guess is
> that since the bios sees the primary IDE as being off, and the hard
> drives are on a SATA card, it does not see the Zip drive.
>
> If I set the primary IDE to AUTO, I get the "press F1 to continue, F2
> to enter setup" message - which I want to avoid.
>
> Please help!
>
> Many thanks
!