Can I install a single h/d on a Promise raid connector

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Tony Carter
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I am using an Asus A7V8X m/b which has an onboard raid connector. Is it possible to use this connector to install an additional single h/d? I already have two h/d's and cd-rewriter and dvd-rom installed on the IDE controllers. Operating system is win98SE. TIA. Tony C.

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Searcher22
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Only if like my Gigabyte GA8-IEXP that has the Promise 20276 you can select RAID or ATA via the BIOS settings and of course install the the correct ATA drivers.

HTH?

Tony Carter
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Searcher22, Thanks for your help, my m/b manual refers to PROMISE PDC20376 chipset, so I will give it a go. Tony C.

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Alan Craven
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Why not try a search on this forum, using either my username or Promise PDC20376 as a search string?

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Tony Carter
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Alan, Your posting dated 6 may 2003 says it all. Thankyou for your help. Tony C.

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Tony Carter
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I have now installed a new h/d in the promise raid socket (o/s is Win98 SE). It is a Maxtor 40 gig/7200rpm. This drive comes with Maxtor's own installation software (Maxblast), but it was'nt able to 'see' the drive because there are already two h/d's attached to one IDE socket, and two cd drives attached to the second IDE socket. The drive is now visible in My Computer as a removable drive, and I formatted it using the Windows format instruction. To get to the real problem, it only shows under Properties as 8 gig. I'm hoping someone will advise me how to get at the full drive capacity. Tony C.

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Searcher22
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Hi Tony

Been a while since I read Alans thread but let me tell you what I did on my Gigabyte board.

Because the RAIA/ATA IDE connector is controlled by the Promise chip (indeed from what I can recall the drive tools could not see the drive when attached to the those IDEs)I started by connecting my drive(s) to the standard IDE2 for formating and partitioning.

In the case of the my 2nd drive I made it so that one partition was bootable. But for my 3rd drive that is used purely video captures I created a single partition non-bootable. Incidently, I used the manufacturers drive tools (i.e. like MaxBlast).

Then I moved the drive(s) to the appropriate RAID/ATA IDE connector.

The 8gb limit you are seeing is nomally associated with older boards whose BIOS cannot recognise drives above that limit. However, yours is a new board so it must be a characteristic of the Promise BIOS.

Sorry if the above is long winded but wanted to describe what worked for me

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Tony Carter
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Searcher22, Thanks for your advice. I think all is well now; I had minor problems so I disconnected the existing h/d's and attached the new drive to the first IDE connection. The Maxtor software then did its job ok, and I re-installed the h/d's and put the new drive on the raid connection. It is correctly recognised as 40 gig. Also thanks once again to Alan. Tony C.

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