SATA 320g HDD The Number Of Disks is not adequate to create a RAID!!!

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  1. lavishlondoner

    lavishlondoner Geek Trainee

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    Just bought a new SATA western Digital 320gig HDD (WD3200js)

    Now im new to SATA drives but not new to installing HADD's and this is doing my nut in.

    right from the start

    Took out my 2x hdd IDE HArd drives
    Replaced it with sata HDD hooked up SATA Power and connected to SATA 1 on the Motherboard.
    Restarted pc
    didnt recognise the hdd went back into bios had a check about everything seemed fine.
    Changed to boot from cd i have a original copy of win98se which started up formatted it (not sure why it was blank) but said QUIT ONE OR MORE MEMORY - RESIDENT ON CONFIG.SYS ETC.
    So Tried the xp pro disk
    Then said THE NUMBER OF DISKS IS NOT ADEQUATE TO CREATE A raid!!!.
    (at this point it is recognising the drive but i cant access anything in the little menu)

    Ive been trying to read forums some say theres something in the bios to turn off IDE or RAID....i cant find these on my bios...some say flashing the bios (dont understand why i should do that) some others say about drivers for the drive..

    It said press f6 when doing the xp installation to install a third party raid driver which i have done to still no luck

    my specs of my pc are as below

    Processor a Main Circuit Board b
    2.93 gigahertz Intel Celeron
    16 kilobyte primary memory cache
    256 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD MS-7071 1.00
    Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
    BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 01/25/2006


    2.93 gigahertz Intel Celeron
    16 kilobyte primary memory cache
    256 kilobyte secondary memory cache

    If anyone can help me as i said this is my 1st SATA so please be gental and as less computer jargen as possible...i will very very greatful

    Cheers
  2. RHochstenbach

    RHochstenbach Administrator Staff Member

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    Welcome to HWF :)

    Enter the BIOS by holding down the Delete key while turning on the computer. You should now see a settings screen (blue background with white and grey text). Look at the different sections for a setting where you can set the SATA to RAID or regular (don't know the exact name of the 2nd option). Apparently the SATA controller is set to use RAID, and needs to be set to the other option.
  3. lavishlondoner

    lavishlondoner Geek Trainee

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    cheers buddy thats what ive heard but ive looked in my bios..and i cant find anything atall..the settings for the HDD are only Auto LBA or CHA i think it was..i cant find anything saying a word about SATA or RAID in my bios...dont spose you know where it would be, and if its def there
  4. lavishlondoner

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    right ive had another look in my bios and theres nothing jumping out at me atall..ive made the miss's write everything down so i can copy here so you can tell me where it is..or not is as the case maybe.

    Pheonix award Bios cmos setup utility

    Standard cmos features:
    Ide Primary Master
    Ide Primary Slave
    Ide Secondary Master
    IDE Secondary Slave
    OPTIONS IN THIS ARE
    LBA OR LARGE MODE: LBA/LARGE/AUTO/CHS
    dma mode auto or disabled
    hdd s.m.a.r.t. auto/disabled

    Advanced BIOS features:
    quick booting enabled
    boot to os/2 no
    full screen logo display enabled
    IOAPIC function enabled
    MPS table version 1.4
    execute bit support disabled
    c1e support enabled
    set limit cpuid max val to 3 disabled

    BOOT SEQUANCE
    1st boot device
    2nd boot device
    3rd boot device
    boot from other device yes

    OPTIONS inside boot sequance device's
    ide0/scsi/cdrom/ide1/floppy/ls120/ide2/ide3/zip100/usb-fdd/
    use-zip/usb-cdrom/usb-hdd/lan/disabled

    Advanced chipset features

    dram clock/drive control dram clock by spd
    dram timing auto by spd
    dram command rate 2tcommand
    agp & p2p Bridge control
    OPTIONS ARE
    agp aperture size 64m
    agp 3.0 mode 8x
    agp driving control auto
    agp fast write enabled
    agp master1 ws write disabled
    agp master1 ws read disabled
    agp 3.0 calibration cycle enabled
    vga share memory size 64m
    cpu & pci bus control
    pci master 0ws write enabled
    pci delay transaction enabled
    vlink mode selection by auto
    vlink 8x support enabled
    Intergrated peripharals

    via onchip pci device ENTER
    sub menu
    usb controller all enabled
    usb 2.0 controller enabled
    usb emulation on
    onboard lan controller enabled
    onboard lan boot rom disabled
    ac97 controller auto
    mc97 controller auto
    ide devices configuration
    sub menu
    pci ide bus master disabled
    onchip ide channel 0 enabled
    onchip ide channel 1 enabled
    ide prefetch mode enabled
    i/o devices configuration
    sub menu
    fdc controller enabled
    com port 1 auto
    com port 2 auto
    parrellel port 378/irq7
    parrellel port mode ecp


    THATS everything i can see the raid or SATA options would be and as you can see THERE ISNT 1! unless i really am going mad...get them brain cells clicking chaps..coz this is doing my nut in

    cheers
  5. RHochstenbach

    RHochstenbach Administrator Staff Member

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    When you turn on your computer, do you see a screen that states something like "press xx to configure SATA"?
  6. lavishlondoner

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    no in a word

    i turnt off all the IDE controls in the bios apart from my dvd/rw...and it finds the sata drive press tab to go to the little bios for the sata...but i cant access any of it
    and in the corner it says The Number Of Disks is not adequate to create a RAID!!!
  7. lavishlondoner

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    oh and by the way the little bios i cant do anything in is
    VIA TECH VT8237 SATA RAID BIOS VER 4.50
    if thats any help
  8. RHochstenbach

    RHochstenbach Administrator Staff Member

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    I just found this on wikipedia:
    Now I need you to take out the hard drive, and look at the back if you see a group of 4 metal pins. If this is the case, you can fix the problem immediately. Otherwise you'll need to buy an SATA controller. If you can find these pins, look if there's a black cap seated on two or these pins. If not, look at the packaging of the hard drive if there's a cap included. Otherwise you'll need to go to a computer- or electronics store, and ask for a Jumper.

    Now use that cap to connect the two pins on the left, like in this image:
    [​IMG]

    Then put the hard disk back.
  9. lavishlondoner

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    Thanks for all your effort mate..ur a credit to the site..

    the only 4 pins i have are the power pins ive got the sata power cable, the sata cable to the motherboard and the 4 pins for the old type of power....

    oh and 8 little pins betweenthe power and the sata power and mother board lead

    any of them? coz this is really my last go then this 320 is going on ebay lol
  10. RHochstenbach

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    I found the jumper settings for your hard disk. These are here. You should set it to OPT1 (the lowest in the picture). The jumper should be connected to the 2nd pair to the left.

    :|::
  11. lavishlondoner

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    i shall have a go big buddy cheers for your effort
  12. lavishlondoner

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    right im on my pc with my original IDE hdd... and the sata as a slave..its showing as 298gb.
    i tried the SATA on its own..didnt get recognised....press tab to goto the sata bios, still the same cant access any of it...obviously ive got it as a slave now...but didnt get recognised in the post screen, and again cldnt access the sata bios...

    unless im doing something really daft i think thats my lot...any1 wanna by a 320gig sata hdd lol
  13. lavishlondoner

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    Bach..thank you for all your help buddy youve tried ya hardest and im sure it probably would of fixed others SATA drives.. but im afraid no such luck with mine...

    good luck in everything you do, and ill try and help others on here if i can with any experiance i have..

    cheers
    Barry

    Ps im coming to the Netherlands in the summer hopefully, lovley country
  14. RHochstenbach

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    I'm sorry that I can't help you any further.

    There is one thing that you could try. Look at the motherboard if there's a writing about the brand and type of the motherboard. You could then search on the website of the motherboard manufacturer for an SATA driver. If you can find it, put it on a floppy disk (read instructions first), insert the floppy disk in the computer and boot from the Windows XP CD-Rom. Press F6 when you see it at the bottom of the screen. Then choose VIA VT8237 in that list.

    That's the only other solution that I can find.
  15. newB

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    today i got a same prob with lavish...
    its take about 4 hours to solve that prob.. for lavish, maybe this advice will help u... or maybe not, because this is what i do... in IDE devices configuration u'll see option like this

    on chip SATA
    SATA Mode (IDE,RAID)
    PCI IDE BusMaster
    Onchip IDE Channel l0
    Onchip IDE Channel l1
    IDE Prefetch Mode

    so, i've try make some change to SATA Mode... (got 2 option there.. RAID n IDE) ... n from RAID, i change it to IDE... n enabled all other option.. thats all... dont forget to save all setting u've made...

    i hope this advice will help u... if not maybe to other ppl who got same problem with us... ty..
  16. aurorabreeze

    aurorabreeze Geek Trainee

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    Thank you newB. Your advice rocks on my WD SATA HD installation in XP! :chk:

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