IC7 MAX 3 new build - help on setting dual boot disk system

Discussion in 'Abit' started by Serge Goyette, Jan 20, 2005.

  1. System:
    Abit IC7 MAX 3
    Bios 18
    P4 3.2 Nortwood
    1G Kingston ECC non reg ram
    Radeon 9550
    Ide 2 Master LG Combo 16x 52x32x52 GCC-4521B
    Ide 2 Slave LG DVD GSA-4081B
    Ide 1 Master+Slave 1 WD 80G 7200
    Ide 1 Slave1 WD 120G 7200
    Silicon 3114 4 WD Raptor 36G in raid 0+1

    I first install Win XP on the WD 80 while the silicon were not install.
    Then I install win XP on the silicon 3114.

    Here is the problem

    When i boot i get two options.
    The first one will boot from WD80 with the letter C since the 3114 Sata raid
    controller is not installed, i don't see my raid drives.
    The second one will boot from the raid drive as letter G. After installing
    some programs, i wnt to the control panel add/remove programs and to my
    surprise there in not a program listed.

    If I disable IDE 1 in order to booth from 3114, the system won't boot

    How do I install such a system that will
    A) boot from IDE or Silicon with the letter C, I don't mind playing in the
    bios to do so
    B) When booting from Silicon, I want to see all drive.
    C) When booting from ide1, I don't want to see the raid drive.

    Serge Goyette, Jan 20, 2005
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  2. Fair enough so far.
    Eh? Could you be a little clearer on eactly how you have these drives
    connected, and how you've configured the Intel onchip controller? The way
    that reads, it looks like you have three drives, two of which are connected
    to the IDE1 slave channel, which is obviously impossible.
    From a pure performance point of view, installing those drives on the
    SiI3114 is a bit of a waste, you'd be better off with them on the Intel RAID
    controller, although you then obviously lose the ability to do RAID0+1.
    Not immediately sure why you'd see the need to have two independent installs
    of the same OS on one system. Dual booting two OSes I can understand, but is
    there a reason why you're going out of your way to try and make this work?
    Silly question, but it's better to ask as you haven't made it clear: Do you
    want these two separate installs to be completely independent of one
    another, with the drives on one install completely invisible to the other,
    or what?
    That's a separate issue that you should address in a separate post,
    preferably to an OS specific newsgroup. I'm not going to deal with it here
    as it confuses matters more than anything else.
    Disabling the Intel controller controller will have changed the boot device
    numbering, which means that you'll have to play with boot.ini a bit to make
    it work. If you wanted this iteration of the OS booting with the Intel
    controller disabled, the most sensible option would appear to have been to
    install it with the Intel controller disabled.
    There are a variety of approaches that would yield this result, but it's
    difficult to suggest one in particular as you've described your setup and
    ultimate goals a little confusingly.
    If you don't want the array on the Silicon Image controller to be seen in
    the other install, you can achieve this either by just not installing the
    SiI drivers, or by disabling the controller in Device Manager.
    Yeah. If you play your cards right, you should be able to achieve all the
    above in a context where you simply pick the install you want from the boot
    menu - no need to play around in the BIOS at all.

    If you wanted the install on the Silicon Image controller to be seen as
    drive C, you should have installed it with the other controller(s) disabled.
    This would have resulted in the array being designated as the first bootable
    volume, which would not only have given it the drive letter you want, it'd
    also have meant the array would still be bootable whether you have the other
    controllers switched on or not.

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    Richard Hopkins, Jan 20, 2005
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  3. Thank you for your answer, here is some clarification:

    Ide1 as only two drive, the master is set as "master and slave" and the
    slave is set as "slave" with the jumpers.

    Two independant install.

    The first one on Silicon with raid 0+1 is for work, raid 0 for incresing the
    capacity and the raid 1 for security of data and from this install I need to
    see all drive.

    The secon install, on IDE1 is for testing purpose only and could be used by
    other person then me, this is why I don't want this install to have acces to
    the raid. I am able to do this by disabling the Silicon controller in Device

    I will re-install on the Silicon by disabling the IDE 1 and the other
    (Intel) controller if I can figure out which one is which one from bios.

    Serge Goyette, Jan 20, 2005
  4. Is there some reason it has to be so complicated?
    Can't you just have a single install with two or more hardware profiles?
    Colon Terminus, Jan 20, 2005
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