GA-7N400 Pro2 - issue with GigaRAID controller.

Discussion in 'Gigabyte' started by Crow T. Robot, Sep 27, 2003.

  1. I just built a system with a GA-7N400 Pro2 board, Athlon XP 2400, 512
    RAM, 2 40gig hard drives, 1 DVD-ROM drive, and 1 CD-RW drive. I am
    running the GigaRAID controller in ATA mode.

    1st hard drive is connected to IDE 1 running Windows XP.
    DVD-ROM drive and CD-RW are connected to IDE 2.
    2nd hard drive is connected to IDE 3 (GigaRAID controller) and
    formatted as FAT32.

    The problem is when trying to make a ghost image file of the OS on the
    1st hard drive onto the 2nd hard drive. The system will lock up during
    the ghost imaging process. I have replaced the ribbon cables and even
    tried different hard drives.

    Ghost will make backups fine if I connect the 2nd hard drive to IDE 2
    in place of the CD drives, or if I install a Promise PCI controller
    card and connect the 2nd hard drive to it.

    Has anyone else had this problem?

    I'm sure the issue is with the GigaRAID controller and it may just be
    defective on this one board. Before I send the board back for a
    replacement I wanted to see if anyone else had this problem just to
    make sure it is just this board and not a defect that is in all of
    these boards.

    Crow T. Robot, Sep 27, 2003
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  2. Crow T. Robot

    jpsga Guest

    Did you go through the GigaRAID set-up procedure and ask for a NORMAL drive?
    Did you do a fdisk and then format the drive?
    expressions like ".....formatted as FAT32" made one suspicious. The File
    Attribute Table is set up by Fdisk based on your input and the drive size.


    jpsga, Sep 28, 2003
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  3. Crow T. Robot

    ju58 Guest

    I have same Mobo and have no trouble using Norton Ghost to make backup from
    RAID array (mirror) to IDE drive. I did not use fdisk etc, used just
    existing drive installed GigoRAID driver and then had it it mirrored.


    ju58, Sep 28, 2003
  4. Crow T. Robot

    Hammer Toe Guest

    I just (last week) finished upgrading my system with a 7N400 Pro2 as
    well (XP2500+ @ 200MHz front side bus = XP3200+) and while I can't
    comment on YOUR specific situation since I haven't tried it yet, it
    might be worth mentioning that I had problems with Norton Ghost 2002 -
    it would not load 'period' on this system (would hang partway through
    the load step).

    I WAS able to get around this by upgrading my Ghost floppy disks by
    making new ones based on Norton Ghost 2003 and can report NO PROBLEMS
    AT ALL. Have made several backups and they've all compared/verified
    without problem.
    BTW: I have the following HD drive config:

    IDE1: two hard drives
    IDE2: CD-Rom (Master), DVD-Writer (Slave)
    IDE3:Two more hard drives
    IDE4: Empty
    'Promise' PCI Controller (don't recall exact model it but came with a
    160GB WD drive I recently acquired)- Hosting a 160GB Western Digital

    FWIW: I could NOT get the 160GB WD Drive to function properly on the
    Gigaraid Controller - My System Log kept filling (and I mean FILLING)
    with warning messages of "(drive) firmware being out of date", "perf
    may be reduced", etc. and I experienced a (very) small amount of data

    Moving the 160GB WD to the controller that came with it solved the

    FYI: The two drives currently on IDE2 (80GB Seagate and 120GB WD) are
    working fine.

    I ALSO noticed that the drives on IDE3/GigaRaid do not show up as
    'SMART MONITORED' while those on IDE1 and the Promise Controller DO
    (unless I forgot to turn something on - any suggestions???).

    My CD-ROM and DVD Writer seemed to 'read' properly on the Gigaraid. I
    did NOT try WRITING (on the DVD-R) as I needed to move them to IDE2
    anyway as *** I could not seem to find a way to BOOT (from bootable
    CD-ROMS) if they were on IDE3/4 ***. I would get a message during boot
    saying that a bootable CD had been FOUND but could find no obvious way
    to BOOT from it at that point.

    Any suggestions here?

    Overall though, I am quite happy with the board. Very 'solid'.

    Hope you/others find this helpful.
    Hammer Toe, Oct 14, 2003
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