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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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  • pioneer8500 Mar 03, 2009

    Thanks for the reply, the enclosure is a 3.5 eSATA 2 APEX PLUS, it has it's own power supply. I really do not know anything about BIOS, I have not had to alter any BIOS configurations before, I have installed the driver and XP states the card is enabled, the card has 1 IDE port 2 sata and 1 eSATA. I have not tested the IDE or the SATA ports yet only the eSATA. But as my drive morks fine via USB it should be OK on the eSATA port also? Any suggestions would be much appreciated, especially if I have to alter BIOS settings, Thanks.

  • pioneer8500 Mar 03, 2009

    This is the first time I have tried to use this or any RAID controller card, I just wanted to add some extra ports onto my PC with the faster eSATA connection. The computer management section of XP shows no Hard drives other than that connected by IDE or USB, no external drives show up by connection through eSATA hardware configuration states that the RAID card is enabled. Any ideas, Thanks.

  • Aenim4 May 11, 2010

    did you connect any other hard drive to the eSata port before? if so,did it work?
    You won't have to alter any BIOS setting, but the RAID card itself might have (I'm trying to speak as "easy" as I can) some sort of independent BIOS, where a few settings can be made, like the set up of a RAID configuration, which is what the card has been designed to(even though you maybe bought it just to have a few extra connection for hard drives on your pc.).

  • Aenim4 May 11, 2010

    What drive or enclosure are you using? does the drive have power?
    Does the VIA RAID card have some low level configuration utility(BIOS like)?

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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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Problem using VT6421 card as extra IDE port. I


First, you have to know if all driver components is installed in your computer, I'm talking about your motherboard make sure that all the drivers is installed.
View the status of your device driver.

If you are using Windows base Operating system like Windows XP open this menu:

Start Menu > Control Panel > System icon > go to Hardware tab > click Device Manager

Look for the question mark, it indicates a not working device.

VT6421 is a Serial Raid Controller

http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/peripherals/serial-ata_raid/vt6421/

Refer to the product specification of your motherboard, view this site:

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2314

Download and install the Device driver for The Raid Controller of your Motherboard


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Problem Using Windows Install Disc with RAID? Some Tips:


After going through some issues installing Windows onto a RAID partition using this Motherboard, I found some things that were helpful.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">#1 Install hangs, or I get an error after Installing RAID Driver.</span> Nowhere in the manual does it tell you this (or at least I didn't see it) but when you install the RAID driver during the windows install, the Motherboard automatically sets SATA connectors 1, 2, 3, and 4 to be RAID. That means if the DVD/CD Rom you are using is plugged in to any of those connections, the minute you install the RAID Driver, the Optical Drive will no longer work. You have to use SATA 5 connector on the motherboard for your optical drive<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">#2 Multiple Optical Drives with RAID</span>. Because of the issue in #1, there is really only 1 internal SATA Port you can plug an Optical drive into when you have RAID configured. There are some solutions if you want more than 1 Optical Drive alongside your RAID configurations. <br /><br />You can use the ESATA port on the back of the Motherboard with an extra-long SATA cable. If your case has grommets on the back for water-cooling lines, you can run the cable through there, or just in an unused PCI slot on the back.<br /><br />You can use an old-school PATA DVDrom. If you are installing 2 Optical drives, and one is a DVD burner or reader, you could get a PATA DVD Burner or reader instead. This Motherboard does have a good old fashioned ribbon connection, so it's possible. Typically DVDs or CDs don't move enough data to see a difference between PATA and SATA, but when you start getting into any DVD reading/Writing above 8X or so, you will be throttled.<br /><br />Get a PCIe controller card. I think of this as the last resort for this board because of it's possibility with graphics cards. Hooking up anything unnecessary to any of the PCI slots would be defeating the purpose of having 2 full 16X PCIe slots. You might be able to squeeze one in on one of the 1X connections, or maybe the bottom full slot, but it could get cramped if you have 2 or more Video cards.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">#3 Windows Installation Issues. DVD Drive Stops Reading during install.</span> I had this issue even after finding out my issue from tip #1. I found that some windows install discs mixed with some manufacturer's DVD drives don't get along well. It would start the installation OK, and get most of the way through it, then it would hang and throw up an error. It seems that during Installation, the SATA DVD drive decides that doesn't like the generic drivers anymore, and just stops working. I fixed this by pulling a PATA DVD drive out of an older PC to use until Windows was fully installed. Once Windows was installed, I pulled that drive back out, and Installed my SATA DVD drive, and Windows installed the drivers with no problems.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">#4 RAID Performance. </span>I'm not too sure that I'm getting the best performance from this RAID-0 configuration. I'm running 2 WD Caviar Black 500GB HDDs. My Windows Experience score for the drives is still 5.9. Perhaps the RAID configuration would work better with some faster drives, like Samsung drives, or WD Velociraptors... But I'm unsure.<br />

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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


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Hi voyager99,
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.

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