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Raid Drive Troubles

By steveswfc
Jun 11, 2005
  1. Hello i have been trying now for around 20 hours to get my newley added raid drives to show in winxp once it has booted to no avail!

    my set-up is an MSI Mobo and is a MS-6570 on the motherboard it has 3 IDE channels and then two additional ports on the board for Sata hard drives so on ide 1 i have a 160 gig ide hard drive master with a dvd writer slave next on ide 2 i have another 160gig drive with a dvd combi drive as slave then on Ide 3 i have a 220gig drive master with an 40gig drive slave all above are IDE drives.

    Then on the two sata slots i have two identical seagate baracuda drives both are 120gig.

    When i boot the pc up i get a message saying press ctrl and f to enter raid setup utility so i do this here i can delete the array or build it or let it auto set it up i have tried several ways but the best seems to be auto and it then picks the tow sata 120 seagate drives and also another drive from ide 3 the 40gig one?

    Anyway when i boot up into windows all the drives i can see in my computer are the 2 160gig drives and the 220 drive i have tried partiton magic 8 nothing from that also i did press the f6 key when loading windows to install the correct raid drivers but when windows got to the screen to choose the drive for the installation the only drives on offer here are the 2 160gis and the 220 gig

    So next i loaded the msi utilty stuff one of them is called pam it lets you see the raid drives but i cannot do nothing with them and i can only see them in this pam software and not in my computer in pam i only see the raid drives.

    Checked my bios and i dont have any options to set raid to raid 5 or whatever all i have is the ability to enable or disable the ide chanels and sata controlers on the board.

    Sorry to have gone on a lot but i have tried to give you as much info as possible to maybe resolve this i would be so very grateful.

    I am unsure if i am correct but to me it seems these drives need to be formatted before windows will see them the 40gig IDE drive that is being added to the raid has been but the brand new to sata segate ones to my knwlage havent but as yet i have never formatted a sat hard drive.

    i did take all the drives out except one of the seagate sata's and poped in a windows boot disk to try to fdisk it but it didnt see the drive?

    I KNOW A LITTLE ABOUT COMPUTERS BUT THIS RAID IS ALL NEW SO PLEASE BE KIND IF YOU REPLY AND NOT TO TECHNICAL.

    other hardfware is listed below if this may help you in troubleshooting my problem and bye the way thanx

    CPU AMD Athlon(tm) XP 3000+

    dISK DRIVES I CAN SEE IN WINDOWS
    Name : \\.\PHYSICALDRIVE0
    Description: Disk drive
    Model : Maxtor 6Y160P0
    Manufacturer : (Standard disk drives)
    Number of Partitions : 1
    Interface Type : IDE
    TotalHeads : 255
    TotalCylinders : 19929
    TotalTracks : 5081895
    TotalSectors : 320159385
    Tracks Per Cylinder : 255
    Sectors Per Track : 63
    Bytes Per Sector : 512 Bytes
    Total Space : 156327 MB
    Status : OK

    Name : \\.\PHYSICALDRIVE1
    Description: Disk drive
    Model : WDC WD1600JB-00GVA0
    Manufacturer : (Standard disk drives)
    Number of Partitions : 1
    Interface Type : IDE
    TotalHeads : 255
    TotalCylinders : 19457
    TotalTracks : 4961535
    TotalSectors : 312576705
    Tracks Per Cylinder : 255
    Sectors Per Track : 63
    Bytes Per Sector : 512 Bytes
    Total Space : 152625 MB
    Status : OK

    Name : \\.\PHYSICALDRIVE2
    Description: Disk drive
    Model : Promise 3+0 Stripe/RAID0 SCSI Disk Device
    Manufacturer : (Standard disk drives)
    Number of Partitions : 1
    Interface Type : SCSI
    TotalHeads : 255
    TotalCylinders : 29894
    TotalTracks : 7622970
    TotalSectors : 480247110
    Tracks Per Cylinder : 255
    Sectors Per Track : 63
    Bytes Per Sector : 512 Bytes
    Total Space : 234495 MB
    Status : OK

    LOGICAL DISKS

    CPU
    DiskDrive
    LogicalDisk
    Memory
    Monitor
    MotherBoard
    NetworkAdapter
    NetworkAdapterCfg
    PnP
    Printer
    SerialPort
    SoundDevice
    VideoController
    VideoCfg
    PortConnector
    PCI

    Operating System

    CodecFile
    Desktop
    OS
    PageFile
    Process
    System



    Name : A:
    Description: 3 1/2 Inch Floppy Drive
    Disk Style : Removable Disk

    Name : C:
    Description: Local Fixed Disk
    Disk Style : Local Disk
    File System : NTFS
    Total Space : 156319 MB
    Free Space : 156250 MB
    Used Space : 69 MB
    Used Percentage : 0 %
    Serial Number : C81749A4

    Name : D:
    Description: Local Fixed Disk
    Disk Style : Local Disk
    File System : NTFS
    Total Space : 152625 MB
    Free Space : 152556 MB
    Used Space : 69 MB
    Used Percentage : 0 %
    Serial Number : 1888467D

    Name : E:
    Description: Local Fixed Disk
    Disk Style : Local Disk
    File System : NTFS
    Total Space : 234487 MB
    Free Space : 229118 MB
    Used Space : 5369 MB
    Used Percentage : 2 %
    Serial Number : 68344473

    Name : F:
    Description: CD-ROM Disc
    Disk Style : Compact Disc

    Name : G:
    Description: CD-ROM Disc
    Disk Style : Compact Disc

    MEMORY
    Name : Physical Memory
    Memory Capacity : 512MB
    Memory BankLabel : Bank0/1
    Memory DeviceLocator : A0
    Memory Type : Unknown

    Name : Physical Memory
    Memory Capacity : 512MB
    Memory BankLabel : Bank2/3
    Memory DeviceLocator : A1
    Memory Type : Unknown

    Name : Physical Memory
    Memory Capacity : 512MB
    Memory BankLabel : Bank4/5
    Memory DeviceLocator : A2
    Memory Type : Unknown


    If you have read this far then all i can say is thankyou very much :)
    Steve Major
     
  2. steveswfc

    steveswfc TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi me again steven sorry i noticed in my initial info the amount of memory wasnt clear not that i think that has anything to do with my problem but i have 150gig of ddr mem
     
  3. steveswfc

    steveswfc TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Additional info

    i am so sorry if your getting sick of me but everytime i put some stuffinto the info so you can help once logged of and the info submitted i think of somthing else all i am trying to do though is provide as much info as possible so someone can help well below is the motherboard and all facts about it that i am using just press the link it may help thanx again

    http://www.msi.com.tw/program/products/mainboard/mbd/pro_mbd_detail.php?UID=393
     
  4. steveswfc

    steveswfc TS Rookie Topic Starter

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