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