My PC Config
CPU Type = AMD Athlon XP, 1913 MHz (11.5 x 166) 2600+
MotherBoard = ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe REV 2.xx
Motherboard Chipset = nVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400
nVidia nForce2 MCP-T
Main BIOS = Phoenix-Award BIOS v6.00PG
ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe ACPI BIOS Rev 1013
Silicon Image SATA Link Sil3112ACT144 (Chipset)
Sil3112A Sata Raid BIOS version 4.2.47 (Current version)
System Memory = 1024 MB (DDR SDRAM)
Monitor = HP w1907 19" TFT LCD Widescreen
Hard Disk Drive = ST332062 0SV SCSI Disk Device (320 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
Graphics Card = Gigabyte GV-R96X128D (ATI Radeon 9600XT) (128 MB DDR)
Optical Drive = BENQ DVD DD DW1640 (DVD Writer) (IDE)
Optical Drive = LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1S SCSI CdRom Device (DVD Writer) (SATA)
Graphics Card -- Gigabyte GV-R96X128D (ATI Radeon 9600XT) (128 MB DDR)
SMPS -- AC 230V ATX-Switching Power Supply Model: LC-B500E (Total Output: 500W)
UPS -- APC Back-UPS ES 500 (500VA) (230 V) (300 Watts)
Microsft USB Mouse
AltecLansing AVS 300 2.1 Speakers System
Zebronics ATX Cabinet Model: ZEB-211A-Elegance
OS -- Windows XP Professional with SP3 (Modded XP)
Note: Windows XP Sp3 never detected my 320 GB sata hard drive. I have to use a modded XP (Sil3112A drivers slipstreamed) / use F6 and floopy procedure to install sata drivers...
There are 2 SATA ports in mobo. SATA Raid 1 and SATA Raid 2. I don't know which one is Primary sata port and Secondary/slave port. I see SATA RAID jumpers are enabled in my mobo. I have connected my Seagate SATA-II 320 GB hard drive to "SATA Raid 1" port and Sata optical drive to "SATA Raid 2".
My Seagate SATA-II 320 GB hard drive is never listed / not seen in the BIOS, but I can see both the 320 GB sata hard drive and Sata optical drive while the PC is booting up.
So, a few days back I flashed my BIOS following the guide by "iissmart" reply in post #13 of the below link
Even after flashing the BIOS to the latest update my sata hard drive is not listed / seen in the BIOS. In BIOS I could not even find a single Option that says "SATA" and can't even find a world SATA in my BIOS even after updating the BIOS.
I see only this in my BIOS "Advanced BIOS features --> RAID or SCSI Card Boot" and no SATA option, so I think theres no way my Sata hard drive will be listed in the BIOS. I can only see the sata devices while booting the PC.
Very soon I will be a new 1 TB WD Caviar Green WD10EADS to my mobo. I'm planning to remove/replace the Sata optical Drive and connect the new 1 TB WD Sata Hard Drive to "SATA Raid 2" port. My plan is to keep the current Seagete 320 sata as Primary Master and add the new 1 TB Sata hard drive as Secondary / Salve.
I don't want to configure my 2 sata hard drives as Raid. I want it to recognized just as two individual SATA Hard Drives configured as Primary Master(320 GB) and Slave (1 TB).
1. Will my mobo. detect the new 1 TB hard drive while booting up ?
2. Is there any option in my mobo. to set which sata hard drive to configure it as Master and Secondary / slave ? ( I don't see any option in mobo. to set the hard drive as master / slave). Is there any jumper settings.
3. In case of having 2 sata hard drives, Will there be any issues in identifying which hard drive is master and slave. I guess the 320 hard drive having the OS will be considered as primary master by default, and the other 1 TB will be automatically taken as slave.
4. After adding the new 1 TB Hard Drive will my mobo. / BIOS / Win. XP SP3 will be able to identify it properly without any problems. I guess it may be a problem for Old motherboard to identify these large 1 TB hard Drives and thats when it hangs at the SATA RAID area of booting up as I read it from other topics in this forum ? Will I encounter the hanging problem ?
4. For example by adding a SATA PCI card to my mobo. and plugging the 320 GB and 1 TB hard drives to the PCI card. Is it necessary / my mobo. sata raid ports are more than enough to identify the 2 hard drives without any problems.
Thanks and Regards