Can't install Windows XP on my SATA drives

Discussion in 'Asus' started by JC Martin, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. JC Martin

    JC Martin Guest

    More problems it seems.

    I have my 2 SATA 120gb Seagate hard drives connected to the SATA RAID 1
    & 2 connectors (configured as IDE on the Promise controller in
    BIOS...not using as RAID). When installing XP, it won't recognize my
    hard drives. So I press F6, then S and installed the Promise 378 ata
    drivers. Windows then says that it has recognized the controller as a
    storage device, but not the hard drives. I continue on and XP tells me
    it doesn't recognize any storage devices again.

    I've seen that people have had problems with SATA and XP but the
    solution it seems was to install the drivers. What am I missing?

    Best,
    JC
     
    JC Martin, Nov 24, 2004
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    JC Martin Guest

    BTW, my mobo is a P4C800-E.

    -JC
     
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    RonK Guest

    You have your hard drives connected to the wrong Sata connections - You have
    4 Sata connections.

    You have :
    ICH5R with Integrated SATA and RAID 0, 1
    and
    Promise SATA controller
     
    RonK, Nov 24, 2004
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    RonK Guest

    South Bridge:
    -2 x UltraDMA 100
    -2 x Serial ATA with RAID 0, 1
    Promise 20378 RAID controller:
    -1 x UltraDMA 133 support two hard drives
    -2 x Serial ATA -RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, Multiple RAID
     
    RonK, Nov 24, 2004
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    JC Martin Guest

    Thanks Ron for the info. I guess was under the illusion that I could
    use the Promise controller on the SATA RAID connectors. Isn't there a
    way to use these connectors as merely SATA controllers though? Since I
    have a SATA DVD-RW, where should I put this? Any advice would be
    appreciated.

    Best,
    JC
     
    JC Martin, Nov 24, 2004
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    Courseyauto Guest

    Thanks Ron for the info. I guess was under the illusion that I could
    use the Promise controller on the SATA RAID connectors. Isn't there a
    way to use these connectors as merely SATA controllers though? Since I
    have a SATA DVD-RW, where should I put this? Any advice would be
    appreciated.

    Best,
    JC""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""
    You can use the SATA controllers for a non raid SATA drive,but you still have
    to install the raid driver at F6. you dont enable it as raid or set up a raid
    array. I would use the ICH5R controller and get the latest raid drivers from
    the INTEL web site. I think you can assign one of the IDE channels to the
    onchip Sata controller but it it only work with SATA perhipials. I did this
    with a Gigabyte MB,used IDE primary channels for IDE drives and secondary IDE
    channels for SATA drives. On the Gigabyte board in the integrated
    perihiperals in the bios,under sata port configuration i set IDE sec master to
    remap sata port 0 to secondary master. DOUG
     
    Courseyauto, Nov 24, 2004
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  7. JC Martin

    JC Martin Guest


    I think I'm following all of this...though am I correct in saying that
    Windows won't install on the SATA controller but will on the ICH5R?
    Should I put the drive that will have XP installed on SATA 1, DVD-RW on
    SATA 2 (ICH5R controller I assume) and then put my storage drive on SATA
    RAID 1. I'm at work and I don't have my manual on me, so forgive me if
    I'm not getting it. This SATA thing is foreign to me.

    Best,
    -JC
     
    JC Martin, Nov 24, 2004
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    Courseyauto Guest

    QUOTE:
    I think I'm following all of this...though am I correct in saying that
    Windows won't install on the SATA controller but will on the ICH5R?
    Should I put the drive that will have XP installed on SATA 1, DVD-RW on
    SATA 2 (ICH5R controller I assume) and then put my storage drive on SATA
    RAID 1. I'm at work and I don't have my manual on me, so forgive me if
    I'm not getting it. This SATA thing is foreign to me.

    Best,
    -JC
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    The ICH5R is a SATA controller by INTEL,which bypasses the PCI buss and is the
    better of the 2 SATA controllers. The other SATA controller is the promise
    controller. I dont know how your ICH5R are numbered but mine are sata 0 SB and
    sata 1 SB,SB meaning southbridge or intel southbridge chipset. The oth will be
    SATA 0 and SATA 1. You can install XP on either SATA controller if you use the
    correct raid driver for the controller. INTEL driver for the SB INTEL
    SATAcontroller and the Promise raid driver for the Promise raid controller. the
    drivers will need to be a on a floppy. i would install XP on the INTEL SB SATA
    controller and remap the Promise controller to secondary master IDE channel.

    heres the INTEL driver download:
    http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scripts-df/Detail_Desc.asp?agr=Y&ProductID
    =961&DwnldID=6364

    Just enable the ICH5R SATA controller in the bios,you have to create a raid
    array,but you do have to install the driver at F6.
     
    Courseyauto, Nov 24, 2004
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    Courseyauto Guest

    Courseyauto, Nov 25, 2004
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    RonK Guest

    JC - Doug is right on all - The Intel is faster than the Promise. On my A8V
    the Via Sata is faster than the promise controller.

    When you install XP - Hit F6 and have both floppies ready but none in the
    floppy drive.
    When it gets to the part asking for the Sata driver from the floppy, Put one
    of the floppies in the drive and hit Enter.
    After it has that driver, remove that floppy and hit S again at the
    prompt. Put the other floppy in the drive at the promt then it will show
    that XP will install both Sata Drivers. One for the Intel and one for the
    Promise. Any drives connected to any Sata connections will be shown when you
    make your selection of which drive to install XP on. You can also create
    more than 1 partiton on any hard drive at this point or just leave it as 1
    large partiton.

    Ron
     
    RonK, Nov 25, 2004
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    JC Martin Guest

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    I'm sorry...I meant to say the Promise controller rather than SATA.
    Interestingly though, ICH5R must be a default because BIOS doesn't have
    an enable or disable for it. It just is. If you attach a device to
    SATA 1 or 2 (ICH5R controller), it's recognized. On the Promise
    controller, you have the ability to switch between RAID and IDE
    configuration. In the ASUS manual, it says that the Promise controller
    won't recognize peripheral devices like a CD-ROM. Well, I have a SATA
    DVD-RW, so I guess the Promise controller won't work with this? Anyway,
    XP wouldn't install on the Promise controller...which I guess is a good
    thing anyway. So I put one hard drive on the ICH5R to install XP on,
    one hard drive on the Promise controller for storage (I've heard the
    Promise controller is good for storage) and the SATA DVD-RW on the
    ICH5R. It seems this was my only option. XP installed fine. I haven't
    seen yet if the other hard drive or DVD-RW is functional. I'm crossing
    my fingers.

    Best,
    JC
     
    JC Martin, Nov 25, 2004
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    JC Martin Guest

    Thanks for all the info Ron..and everyone else.

    I just have a couple questions then. It seems that the Promise
    controller is only used for back-up (hard drive memory). No peripheral
    devices like CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, etc. can run on this if I'm correct. So
    is using one hard drive on the Promise controller as storage for
    multi-media type of work okay? Does this slow down my computer? Should
    I simply buy an IDE DVD-RW device instead?


    Happy Thanksgiving,
    JC
     
    JC Martin, Nov 25, 2004
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    Courseyauto Guest

    I'm sorry...I meant to say the Promise controller rather than SATA.
    Interestingly though, ICH5R must be a default because BIOS doesn't have
    an enable or disable for it. It just is. If you attach a device to
    SATA 1 or 2 (ICH5R controller), it's recognized. On the Promise
    controller, you have the ability to switch between RAID and IDE
    configuration. In the ASUS manual, it says that the Promise controller
    won't recognize peripheral devices like a CD-ROM. Well, I have a SATA
    DVD-RW, so I guess the Promise controller won't work with this? Anyway,
    XP wouldn't install on the Promise controller...which I guess is a good
    thing anyway. So I put one hard drive on the ICH5R to install XP on,
    one hard drive on the Promise controller for storage (I've heard the
    Promise controller is good for storage) and the SATA DVD-RW on the
    ICH5R. It seems this was my only option. XP installed fine. I haven't
    seen yet if the other hard drive or DVD-RW is functional. I'm crossing
    my fingers.

    Best,
    JC
    _____________---------------------------------------------------------------

    You may have to format the sata drive on the promise controller before it will
    be recognized in windows.
     
    Courseyauto, Nov 25, 2004
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    Courseyauto Guest

    Thanks for all the info Ron..and everyone else.

    I just have a couple questions then. It seems that the Promise
    controller is only used for back-up (hard drive memory). No peripheral
    devices like CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, etc. can run on this if I'm correct. So
    is using one hard drive on the Promise controller as storage for
    multi-media type of work okay? Does this slow down my computer? Should
    I simply buy an IDE DVD-RW device instead?


    Happy Thanksgiving,
    JC------------------------------------------------------------------------
     
    Courseyauto, Nov 25, 2004
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