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    Sata Raid woes

    I have a Sil 3512A Raid controller on the motherboard, and had two 500GB harddrives installed and operating with no issues. Motherboard is a GA-7n400 Pro 2 Rev 2 (Gigabyte). I removed the old harddrives and installed two 750GB harddrives, but now the computer will not boot if they are connected. The BIOS will detect the first drive, and then lock up. If I disconnect or swap cables, it detects the other drive and locks up. I have disconnected both drives, and reconnected after booting, and they are detectable, formattable, etc., as separate drives. I have tried the manager program from Silicon Image, and it sees both drives when I connect them, but cannot raid them. It runs the Create RAID set wizard, but nothing happens when it says it is done. It gives me different options for transfer mode, but not sure if I should change those settings (PIO, MDMA, UDMA), but they are currently set to UDMA6. I was thinking of putting a SATA RAID PCI card in and see if that would solve the problem, but will take time to receive on from the online store (local stores don't carry them). Any ideas why the drives lock up the BIOS? I am trying to set up the Home Server, and want as much storage space as possible. Thanks for any inputs. If more info required, please let me know..will be glad to provide.

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    Re: Sata Raid woes

    try updating your bios. the raid bios my have an issue with the drives. also try a different set of cables as one my be damaged
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    Re: Sata Raid woes

    Try writing in paragraphs too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    Try writing in paragraphs too..
    That was unjustified
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    Re: Sata Raid woes

    Quote Originally Posted by Clunk View Post
    That was unjustified
    It was justified - on two counts - firstly the text was left justified, secondly the text was in one block!

    However... You said you wanted to set up a home server - are you looking at RAID 0 or RAID 1? I really wouldn't recommend RAID 0 for a home server, RAID 1 makes much more sense from a resilience point of view.

    As to the problems with your set up, I think a BIOS update was mentioned (be careful doing that - it is possibly the riskiest thing you can do on a PC!) or it is a configuration issue.

    However the fact that you say that swapping cables means that it detects the other drive does suggest a cable problem. SATA connectors are (IMHO) a bit flimsy (I had a hairline crack on the connector at one end that gave intermittent problems - on a RAID 1 array on a home server). Changimng the cable solved the problem.
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