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  1. Never mind........I started a good old Windows reinstall last night......likely better for the long term anyways.
  2. Here's one that's stumping me......... I recently upgraded my ASUS P4PE with a SATA hard drive. This hard drive uses a motherboard Promise Controller and shows up as a SCSI device. When I installed it, it was relatively easy to use the Maxtor MaxBlast software to format it as a system drive, and copy the current contents from the existing PATA C-drive. Then a few bios changes, and it's my boot drive! Now 6 weeks later, I ended up buying a new system. I want to move the SATA drive as a backup in my new PC. (The old PATA is good enough for the kids use!) Should be simple to reverse what I did last time, right? Wrong! The MaxBlast software doesn't seem to know how to deal with my SATA system drive, that isn't the primary drive on the PATA controller. It seems to only know how to copy a system drive to a another drive when that system drive is the primary - my SCSI-looking SATA on the onbard Promise Controller confuses it! I tried Western Digital's similar software (I have one drive of each in the PC), and it appears to stumble also. One weird note - the MaxBlast or DataLifeGuard programs for Windows don't want to run properly. When started they never seem to appear, yet they do show as a running process. MaxBlast for Windows worked fine for the initial SATA install - maybe it's confused also by my SCSI-SATA-System drive. I've been working with the DOS versions on a boot floopy, which give me the results I've noted above. I can always reinstall Windows on the PATA drive - probably should anyways, but that's such a pain to find all the drivers for everything! Any thoughts? Thanks
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    New SATA installation

    Geez....I hope my success and your total failure doesn't get you too depressed..... My update....I happend onto the ~$950 Dell 9100 dual core with 24" LCD deal last week (34% off plus 6% off the EPP price, with 1/2 price monitor upgrade)! Added a few upgrades and got myself a new supercomputer with a beautiful display for $1300 total! Now the pc I successfully installed the SATA drive into is the kids! I plan on pulling that drive out and making it a second drive on my new PC - which of course has a SATA drive. Sorry your P4PE didn't behave. I've had some challenges in the past, but eventually always get things working.
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    New SATA installation

    Under the "Default Operating System" drop-down I have no options! Here is what is in my boot.ini: [boot loader] timeout=30 default=signature(39db0a93)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows [operating systems] What should I be doing? By the way, during bootup my two options are both "Windows XP (Default)". thanks
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    New SATA installation

    I need some help! It appears as though windows thinks I have a dual boot option. Whenever I boot up, I get a screen to choose from two different WinXP options (in 25 seconds!). The first one gets me into Windows, the 2nd just reboots my machine. What's going on? I've already reformated my old C-drive after I moved everything over to my SATA drive.
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    New SATA installation

    Spent a sunny Saturday with my head inside my PC! So far I've overcome all obstacles! Went and used the MaxBlast software (from Maxtor) to partition my SATA drive into about a 70GB System and 230GB Data (I'm sure I could have gone smaller, especially after I move music and photos over to the larger partition (for data). Maybe I'll invest in PartionMagic or something for a later resizing. Also then used MaxBlast to clone my current system drive to the new partition. It did seem to "flake" out a little in that it indicated some files weren't copied (wasn't able to write to the new drive). I then spent quite a bit of time comparing what didn't come over (Beyond Compare 2 was awesome in helping make this easy!). I think it was basically all the active files, and I probably would have been fine without them. I did have some trouble then getting the new SATA to boot. I set up the bios to skip the IDE drives, and put the SCSI/SATA in the boot sequence. Also enabled as "first" in the bios. Then totally unplugged my ATA drives. I did have to select between two different "Windows" options on a DOS screen - one didn't work and rebooted, the other brought me up in my regular environment! I do have to activate Windows again. I'm not sure what was going on, but it works now! No I'm just moving data from the system partition to the data partition. Then I'll reconnect my IDE drives and clean them up. I'll use the "non-flaky" WD120 as a backup for my data. I do notice quite a speed improvement in my system, in things like opening the drives in a window, pulling up a photo directory, etc. Think my next step is to figure out a good backup system for all my data, as I haven't been doing that (only the important photos). I'll have to figure out whether to buy an external hard drive or build my own. Let me know if you have any questions! Oh, in cleaning up my cable clutter, I think perhaps I've never had my case fans running! Or at least most of them! Now they are - need to keep them three hard drives cool!
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    New SATA installation

    Everything seems to be working fine! I'm not sure what benchmark tools I should be running. Just downloaded HD Tach. My current Western Digital 120MB (special edition with 8mb cache) tested at an average transfer rate of 38MB/s (seems slow based on some of the other drives in the database). My new Seagate SATA Maxline II tested at 55MB/s. Hmmm...gonna be hard to not make this drive my C-Drive. Let me know if you get yours working! I'll probably do some reading now to figure out what I need to "tweak" to make all my drives faster.
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    New SATA installation

    Okay.....I plugged the drive in, booted - and no drive found! Took a look and noticed I had plugged the drive into a "fan only" power plug. Found a beter plug, rebooted, and the drive was found! The trickier part was trying to remember what to do in WinXP to get everything set up. Finally found my way to the "Compter Management" tool that contains the disk management tool. The drive is currently being formatted as one "big honkin'" partition in NTFS! Looks like it's going to take a while - it's 14% done after maybe 10 minutes. I'll probably go to bed and see what I've got in the morning, but it's looking good! I guess I'd make sure you're getting good power to your drive. I've got an Antec 400W power supply. I think I overspeced when I built my system - there are a ton of leads left! I've still got two IDE drives and DVD and DVD-R on the system. What's the best way to hook all these items up to the IDE channels? I've got the two hard drives on the primary, and the two optical drives on the secondary. And of course my new SATA. Hey! The manual does say you can create a RAID with one SATA and one IDE! When I saw your previous comment on this I couldn't believe it!........think I'll do some cable management in this spaghetti before I put it back together. I bit the bullet and bought some rounded IDE cables to clean things up. I've got USB and IEE1394 wires all over the inside that need inspecting - I know I have some USB ports working, some not. good night! I'm rambling...
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    New SATA installation

    Yes, you're correct - I was talking about driver - my mistake. I get nervous that you're waiting for me to tell you what's wrong! I should get my hard drive delivered on Friday. If I can't just plug it in, connect the SATA and power cable (I did order an adapter too), and then run the FastTrak setup, then I'm in trouble!
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    New SATA installation

    Wow! I thought this thread was dead! I have run a single drive off the Promise controller successfully, but it was a PATA drive. You do use the FastTrak Bios setup, My SATA drive arrives Friday, so I'll soon have some hands-on experience at getting this to work myself. I don't believe you are required to run the SATA drives in pairs in a RAID configuration, but can just run a single drive. I too, have "googled" this subject, and there are people with this board and controller who have successfully added a single SATA drive. You set it up as a "single striped drive", which is also how I set up my PATA drive. I don't plan on using mine as a boot drive, which may make it easier on me? Here's a quote I found in alt.comp.periphs.mainboards.asus, from someone who set it up as their boot drive: "I have it working now, I enabled the Promise controller in BIOS, configured a RAID 0 array with one drive, booted from CD (XP Pro), loaded the driver provided on the CD that came with the P4PE." For my board (P4PE w/IEE1394 and SATA RAID), 1007 is the latest bios. The FastTrak Bios version that came on my install CD still looks to be the latest - the ASUS site actually has an older version! If I can't get this working I guess I'll just have to get a new computer to put the drive into! My current 200gb is acting "flaky", so this is my replacement for it (it's my backup & video/DVD capture drive). Since I needed to buy a new drive, I didn't really want to buy a parallel ATA drive that would be outdated when I get a new machine. Although CompUSA's 250gb Maxtor IDE that was on sale Sunday for $80 no rebate might have been the quick and cheap answer! I ordered a 300gb Maxtor MaxLine III SATA that NewEgg had on sale yesterday/today. Wish me luck! I'll let you know what I learn this weekend.
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    New SATA installation

    The Asus P4PE (regular version is what I have, with SATA/RAID, and IEE1394), has a Promise PDC20376 controller chipset. It provides two Serial ATA interfaces (and supports RAID), or can instead support a Parallel ATA drive (ATA133). There is a MBFastTrak376 BIOS that loads where you configure your drives/RAID, whether you have one or two drives connected. Within the motherboard's BIOS, there is an "Onboard SATA/IDE RAID Controler" option, with disabled/enabled the choices. Hope this clears up some of the details of the questions.
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    New SATA installation

    I'm wating for someone to respond! I aso have a P4PE. I have a 200gb WD that's acting "flaky" (was on the promise controller, sometimes there, sometimes, not, file transfers sometimes fail). I moved it over to the IDE, and it's still "flaky", so I guess it wasn't the promise controller. I'm debating whether to replace it with a PATA or SATA drive. I'd like a SATA just because it's newer, and who knows what computer I'll have in a year and want to move it into. But since this P4PE is a few years old, I'm concerned if the SATA connection is a "true" one, and not some early "cobbled" setup. Also, if I ever want to put this new hard drive in an enclosure (as a backup drive) and connect with USB/IEE1394, looks like SATA enclosures are just appearing and quite expensive. I picked up a 300gb Seagate 7200.8 with PATA yesterday (Circuit City, $100 after $80 rebate). I'm not going to open it until I see the weekend deals and continue looking for other's experience on the web. I've found some P4PE postings that indicate no problems, others that indicate their PATA drives are faster than their SATA drive. I'm not going to spend a ton-o-money (so I say), so I was looking for a good deal in the 250gb-300gb range. The Maxtor DiamondMax 10 SATA is priced nice - I'm reading through all the opinions (good and bad) on this drive too. Aren't there any P4PE users out there with SATA experience? I see SATA controller cards are $15 - $50 as a last resort (of course I could put this towards a new motherboard too, then I'd need a faster processor, a new graphics card, argh!!)