MSI K7T266 Pro2 RU single IDE disc on RAID controller?

Discussion in 'MSI' started by Simon Howson, Jul 19, 2004.

  1. Simon Howson

    Simon Howson Guest


    I have an old MSI K7T266 Pro2 RU board, which includes a RAID controller.
    Currently it is set up with a stripe RAID array comprising of 2 X 40 GB hard
    discs as a single 80 GB array. I wish to replace this with a single 200 GB
    drive, and am wondering can the RAID controller on the board be used in this
    fashion - as a standard IDE controller, suitable for running a single IDE
    hard disc? Or would I need to use some unofficial BIOS on the RAID
    controller to convert it to a pair of standard IDE controllers? Currently
    the RAID array is nearly full with files, and thus I want to know for sure
    this will work before backing up the data, and erasing the RAID array.

    Thank you,

    Simon Howson
    Simon Howson, Jul 19, 2004
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  2. Simon Howson

    Henkie Guest

    This won't work, what you can do is connect your new IDE drive to one of the
    2 IDE controllers, install it en copy somehow the files from your RAID array
    to the new disc.
    If those are already "taken" than you have to disconnect one IDE connection
    and connect your new disc to it. But you might end up with a problem that
    you only have 4 IDE connections and 5 drives..........

    Good luck
    Henkie, Aug 1, 2004
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  3. Simon Howson

    Simon Howson Guest

    Thanks for your help... I have ended up buying a PCI - SATA controller card,
    and have just ordered a 200 GB SATA drive, so I will connect the new drive
    to that, and leave the RAID controller alone.

    I plan on getting a new board in 6 months or so, when SATA goes native I
    guess, and my new 200 GB drive will work on a SATA channel on the new board.

    I need the new disc cos I'm ripping all my CDs to FLAC files, I am going to
    need about 150 - 170 GB ;-)

    Simon Howson
    Simon Howson, Aug 3, 2004
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