SATA Raid card on PCI unable to detect eSATA Hard Drive
I have installed a VIA VT6421 Raid controller card on my PCI Motherboard running XP Pro. I do not want to run my main drive off of the Raid Card with the XP pro installed, but only want it to connect an external Hard Drive with a USB and an eSATA port to enable faster transfer to and from my external Hard drive. The card is shown as being enabled under hardware profiles, but when i connect my external drive, it does not show up under my computer or hardware profiles. It operates ok via USB I just cannot get the eSATA to work or display my external drive using eSATA only. Any ideas as I have not had any experience of RAID cards or SATA before. Thanks.
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If you install the raid controller drive,it means it will shown the drives..but it not shown? is this what you mean? did you try to see in the computer management? if you dont know, check this out..right click my computer-manage-select disk management and check if your drive is there......this is only what i know about what you mean.
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One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect/ boot up a computer hard drive
Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA
the leads from your ((motherboard to your hard drive)) make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them there probably old and faulty make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty even the electrical extensions or just replace them they are probably old and faulty a computer needs its connections to have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error
you need your windows xp disc preferably slip streamed with SP 2 or SP 3 and then you should be able to install it onto your sata hard drive.
If you are having issues then you may need to extract the sata drivers onto a memory stick or floppy disk and press F6 before windows xp loads and specify to use the sata drivers which you can download from the motherboards manufacturers website generally as a zip file which you will first need to extract into a folder.
If that does not work using the memory stick you can use nlite to slipstream the drivers with your windows xp disc : Nlite download
get a hard drive kit that will connect it via usb or get a PCI card that will allow you to install the PCI card into a PCI slot and then attach the hard drive to the PCI card ( ensuring you select the correct PCI card ) ie if its a sata drive then get a sata PCI controller card and if its IDE then get an IDE PCI controller card.
Also check for motherboard updates for your computers motherboard and also check in the bios to ensure LBA is enabled and that its detecting the hard drive.
You can download the driver, (VIA 8237 SATA/RAID driver) from PC Chips but I doupt it will help.
If your bios did no see the 250GB drive than the onboard SATA controller is defective. This can not be fixed. http://www.pcchips.com.tw/PCCWebSite/Products/ProductsDetail.aspx?detailid=305&DetailName=Driver&MenuID=1&LanID=0
Running the SATA/RAID driver will most likely not help the bios see your drive.
Buying a PCI serial SATA controller card may allow your SATA drive run but it will run at the PCI bus speed. A decent controll card may cost as much as a new board that will run your current devices.
If the SATA drive is operating in 3.0 Gbps mode and your motherboard can only support 1.5 Gbps mode, the drive will not be detected in BIOS or XP. Try jumpering the drive to SATA 1.5 Gbps mode. The label on your hard drive should indicate which pins should be shorted to achieve this setting; if not, look up your particular model on WD's website to find the manual.
Most of the new systems and motherboards support SATA connectors onboard. In your case there is none as you have found.
So the best option is always upgrading to a new motherboard in case you need to add more SATA drives.
You can also try to find SATA add-on cards, may a little costly types. These cards use PCI interface and very easy to install but hard to find one.
I hpoe you could find one from a hardware store near you.
If your motherboard has ordinary PCI slots then the SATA adpter will be less costly, otherwise (if it features a PCI-X slot) it will be costly.
Following is a simple description on what the market has to offer:
SATA II - 150 4Ports PCI-X with NCQ, Raid 0+1, Raid 0 and Raid 1 !
You can upgrade your desktop computer to have four Channels Serial ATA Generation 1 and Generation 2 transfer rate of 1.5 Gbps.
The board provides a 64bit, 133 MHz PCI interface on the host side and four, fully compliant Serial ATA ports on the device side to access Serial ATA storage devices such as hard disk drive, ZIP drive, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM.
Note: Fault tolerance: RAID 0 (Striping), RAID 1 (Mirroring), RAID 0+1 (mirrored-stripping) and RAID 1+S (Mirrored-Sparing) improve the data performance and provide the data redundancy and rebuilding.
Typically, Windows XP installer does not provide full support for SATA HDs (drives) nor for all kinds of SATA Controllers (on the motherboard or add-on card).
However, Windows XP installer provided a way out by prompting the user to press F6 and load the necessary drivers in the FDD. The diskette containing the drivers may either come from: manufacturer of motherboard; manufacturer of controller; or manufacturer of HD.
If none was provided nor available, then perhaps you can DIY (do-it-yourself). More often than not, it is inside the MB installer/driver CD in D:\Drivers\SATA or something like that and copy to a floppy diskette. Alternately, you can download from the manufacturer's website, decompress and copy to FD.
When the Windows XP installation CD puts out the message "Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver", press "F6" as instructed. Thereafter, press "S" to specify additional device on the next pop up screen. Insert the driver floppy disk in and press enter to continue. If the floppy disk is made
successfully, the installation program will ask for selecting driver. Please then select "Motherboard chipset (VIA, Intel etc Serial ATA RAID Controller(Windows XP)".) After the SATA driver loaded, Windows XP will now recognize the
SATA HDD, proceed and continue to install Windows XP.
If you do not have a FDD, one of your option is to DIY a slipstream WinXP installer CD. This is better explained in this article .
Hope this be of some idea/help. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need fur4ther information.
Good luck and kind regards.