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    New SATA installation

    I think the motherboard would actually behave with the new replacement drive I got, but the PCI card is much easier to set up so I didn't even try. All I know is that I finally have the space I was hoping for. Nice catch on the machine. Sounds like fun.
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    New SATA installation

    Even further closure. The drive did not sucessfully format, and despite my efforts, I could not get it running even with the new controller card. I sent a message to Seagate and they confirmed that the drive is probably defective. I have no idea why I was able to format it on a machine at work but I did send it back and received a new drive that I was able to install in absolutely no time at all. And for the first time in my life, I don't even want to look at another piece of hardware. Thanks again for anyone who tried to help me out with my problems.
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    New SATA installation

    Just to provide a bit of closure for those that tried to help up I'll wrap up my sorry tale. After not hearing from ASUS regarding my questions, I finally gave up. I went out and purchased the Promise SATA300 T2plus controller card, installed it and the drive is currently formatting. So, for anyone who came across this doing a search for P4PE boards and SATA installations, the onboard controller can be flakey and if you are having problems, you may want to seek alternative solutions (like a PCI controller card) instead of spending countless hours in a futile effort.
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    New SATA installation

    Glad to hear that you got the drive installed cz. As soon as I get a little free time I will give it one last shot but then I may just resell it to someone with a more up to date motherboard. It is proving to be almost more trouble than it is worth. Still, I could really use that 250Gb
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    New SATA installation

    True enough. Here's hoping that works out for you.
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    New SATA installation

    Thanks cz. This confirms some of what I've read as well. I'm glad that it seems less likely that I am losing my mind. It sounds like we are dealing with exactly the same board so hopefully I will be able to get some accurate information from your attempts at installation. As I understand it, the FastTrak BIOS cannot be updated outside of the actual motherboard BIOS update. Perhaps you are talking about the XP Promise Controller drivers which do indeed seem more recent off the CD (nov-2002) versus what I've seen on the web (aug-2002).
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    New SATA installation

    Oh boy, I don't know how I got so turned around about this. Must be reading too many messageboards too late at night. I couldn't even find the google results I was looking at in the first place so I can't even check how I got there. But I also don't know how I can get the drive to detect as a single drive connected to one of the SATA connectors. I have submitted the question to Asus tech support, so hopefully I will receive some wisdom from them. What is JBOD? I'd rather not go on another fruitless search for an alternate technology that might not even be supported on my board. Maybe you can give me a few details. Also, cz9h3d seemed to indicate that he had a single drive attached to the Promise controller, so maybe he can give some more information on how he got that working. Might solve my problem.
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    New SATA installation

    Thanks for your response, and patience, TwoJ. Sorry for the confusion. Despite having a tech background, I came into this knowing very little about how to set up an SATA drive and I am still getting my head around what actually needs to be done. I imagine it starts to get a bit more transparent with newer motherboards, but unfortunately things have not been so easy with my P4PE. As I understand it, I can set up the SATA drive as a single drive in a RAID array using striping. That is what I have done (or tried to do). I won't get any of the benefits of the drive being in a RAID configuration, but as far as I can tell, this is the only way that I can add the drive to my machine. Yes it can (according to the manual) but this is not what I am trying to do. FastBuild is the RAID setup utility in the BIOS. I have upgraded to the latest BIOS for the motherboard. I have looked for some kind of update for the Promise controller but have been unable to find any. I suspect that the firmware upgrade exists only in the P4PE firmware update. (and yes, MBFastTrak376 is the Promise controller) Good to know. In that case, do you have any suggestions for a tool to format and partition the drive? (though I probably will not end up partitioning it) Again, it's been a while since I've done anything but the basics with my machine, so forgive the ignorance. That's exactly right. And when the MBFastTrak376 BIOS does redetect the drive, it shows up as unconfigured. I can try the Autosetup option again, or try to tweak the settings to circumvent the autosetup. Sometimes when I do this I get the error "Problem writing to reserved space" and it prompts me to reboot, saying that the drive configuration failed. Sometimes when I use the Autosetup it reports success and reboots, but the drive is not detected by the controller BIOS when the system comes back up. None of the BIOS screens offer the option of wiping the drive. The cables are the next thing I am going to try replacing. I don't have much faith in this, but beyond that I can't see many other options. The drive seems to be working fine and I am beginning to fear that the SATA support for the P4PE just may be too flakey to work in most instances. I guess an email to Asus might clear that one up. Thanks again for any help that can be offered
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    New SATA installation

    cz summed up the basics of the P4PE MB setup. I have installed the drive on a machine at work and it detected fine. I was even able to format the drive. So I'm pretty sure it's not the drive. I've read reports from people who have successfully set up single SATA drives on their P4PE boards so I know that it is possible. But as those forum threads were months, if not years, old I wasn't able to follow up with any of them. I suspect that the implementation of SATA on the P4PE board was an early version and may be somewhat flakey. I haven't contacted Asus about the problem, but that is probably my next step (along with checking out the power supply details and trying a different SATA cable). I just didn't expect a fast response from them so I have been seeking information in other places (including here). Recently when I boot the machine, the FastTrak BIOS will sporadically detect the drive and I can retry setting up the configuration. Occasionally when I do so I will get the error "Problem writing to reserved space." or something very much like that. Has anyone else encountered this error?
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    New SATA installation

    Hello, I recently purchased a new SATA drive (Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB W/ NCQ) and began the process of installing it on my Asus P4PE based system. I was trying to install it alongside two existing IDE harddrives under my existing WinXP install. I got the drive installed correctly, ugraded my bios (to 1.007), installed the raid controller drivers (FastTrak 376) in windows and after a monumental struggle (this was my first SATA drive and I wasn't familiar with the technology) eventually got FastBuild to set up the drive (detected as the correct size, set up in a striping configuration. Unfortunately, when the machine finished rebooting, the FastTrak bios spent a little while churning, but reports that it didn't detect any drives. Repeated reboots had the same result, though occasionally I would have the option to enter FastBuild again to set up the drive. And I did verify that the drive does not show up in fdisk to be formatted. Now, I've read a lot (A LOT) of posts and articles on the subject now and I still feel like I might be missing something obvious, but I'm also beginning to suspect that there might be a problem with the drive itself. I just want to add a third drive to my setup (with an eventual goal of cloning my existing IDE boot drive to the new SATA drive, though that's another story) and didn't expect it to be such a hassle. If anyone can point out something obviously wrong wtih what I'm doing or has some experiencing getting SATA drives running on an Asus P4PE motherboard, I would appreciate any help. Travis.