RAID array to single HDD drive


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Guest

I currently run a RAID 0 array with two 160GB drives. After three years of
use one of the drives is getting a little noisy and starting to show signs of
failure. I want to replace the RAID 0 array with a new single 320GB SATA HDD.
Here is my question: What driver should I load with a clean install of
Windows XP.
Should I still load the SATA driver with F6 from a floppy?
My Silicon Image manual isn’t clear on this procedure.
They do mention a driver for “RAID†configuration and one for “BASEâ€
configuration.
Does “BASE†mean the SATA driver controller without the RAID function?
Can I still load the RAID drivers even though I am only installing one drive?
I may want to add a second drive for RAID later.
 
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Brian A.

Shumandu said:
I currently run a RAID 0 array with two 160GB drives. After three years of
use one of the drives is getting a little noisy and starting to show signs of
failure. I want to replace the RAID 0 array with a new single 320GB SATA HDD.
Here is my question: What driver should I load with a clean install of
Windows XP.
Should I still load the SATA driver with F6 from a floppy?
My Silicon Image manual isn’t clear on this procedure.
They do mention a driver for “RAID†configuration and one for “BASEâ€
configuration.
Does “BASE†mean the SATA driver controller without the RAID function?
Can I still load the RAID drivers even though I am only installing one drive?
I may want to add a second drive for RAID later.

You shouldn't have to load any drivers for a SATA drive not installed as RAID. You
will however want to make sure you have the drivers installed for the mobo SATA
connections.

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Brian A. Sesko { MS MVP_Shell/User }
Conflicts start where information lacks.
http://basconotw.mvps.org/

Suggested posting do's/don'ts: http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
How to ask a question: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375
 
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Bigdawg

depending on your BIOS I can set mine to Base (single or "JBOD") or RAID
then I have to load the drivers NVIDIA has one to RAID and one for JBOD that
I have to load all the time. I only need to load the RAID driver if I'm
using RAID. But to answer your question yes you still have to do the F6 on
install. Then depending on your board do a normal install You can set the
RAID to one drive in the start up utility if you have to. You will know you
have it right if the install finds a hard drive
 
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frodo

Brian A. said:
You shouldn't have to load any drivers for a SATA drive not installed as RAID. You
will however want to make sure you have the drivers installed for the mobo SATA
connections.

Not True. You may very well HAVE to load the same driver, whether you set
up a RAID array or not. SATA is not "native" to XP, unless the hardware
maps it into the normal IDE space (which some do so, but I'll wager your
SI does not do). So, just use the same floppy you used last time, it
won't hurt anything to offer it the floppy just in case.
 
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Brian A.

Not True. You may very well HAVE to load the same driver, whether you set
up a RAID array or not. SATA is not "native" to XP, unless the hardware
maps it into the normal IDE space (which some do so, but I'll wager your
SI does not do). So, just use the same floppy you used last time, it
won't hurt anything to offer it the floppy just in case.

When I loaded XP onto a 300GB SATA drive I didn't use F6 to load any drivers for
it. This was on a newly built machine from bottom up and if IIRC the mobo setup disk
installed the chipset utility which is used for XP to load drivers.

--

Brian A. Sesko { MS MVP_Shell/User }
Conflicts start where information lacks.
http://basconotw.mvps.org/

Suggested posting do's/don'ts: http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
How to ask a question: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375
 
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Bigdawg

the key here is "NEWLY BUILT" in the original post they state"after 3
years". I just built a new 680i and still hade to use the RAID drivers for
my RAID set but the extra SATA drive was picked up in the BIOS and by WinXP.
But I wanted the OS on the RAID set and had to use the F6
 
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