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  1. Thanks for the reply eshap, I'm not sure how to go about splitting the thread, though I certainly have no objections in doing so Should I just create a new thread? I'm using Win7x64 and I created the four partitions by going under control panel\admin tools\computer management\disk management. I then formatted each of the four as primary partitions in NTFS with default cluster size. Did that answer your question? This is how I partitioned my laptop's internal drives as well, and have dual boot working fine. My research thus far suggests the problem with installing windows 7 is that the eSATA card doesn't allow me to boot from it. I was hoping there may have been a workaround, or a suggestion as to which eSATA card would boot. Thanks again.
  2. ***BUMP*** was hoping someone might now how to boot a laptop from an esata expresscard connected to a raid-0 external enclosure. cheers
  3. instead of creating a new thread i thought i would post this problem here since it refers to the above mentioned enclosure and hard drives. i've formatted my 4TB RAID-0 array with the following four partitions: Partition 1: 200GB Partition 2: 200GB Partition 3: 200GB Partition 4: 3.05TB i'm using an eSATA expresscard to connect my laptop to the enclosure, which is considerably faster than my laptop's built in 2x200GB 7200rpm RAID-0. since i now have loads of space and faster drives, i would like to install windows on the 4TB RAID-0. when i start windows setup and try selecting Partition 1 to install windows on, i get the following prompt and am unable to install windows on that partition: "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style. Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu." any ideas as to whether there is any way to get around this? thank you.
  4. thanks for the info Brian, much appreciated
  5. thanks brian, i'll try to order this one as you suggested. if they can't deliver, can you suggest other alternatives? the only one i am aware of that is available in australia is from a company called ritmo and i have no idea how they are in terms of reliability or performance: thanks again edit: also this one, at this stage i'm not as concerned about price as i am about quality, performance and features:
  6. thanks for that brian, yeah i will try to find something similar to that on ebay because i'm based in australia and have had issues with newegg delivering here. i was thinking of going with this one off ebay, would you think it would give me very similar performance? @mockingbird: yes my enclosure only supports USB2 and esata, seems to be a great enclosure, if only i can reach those speeds with 2x2TB in RAID-0 stripe.
  7. Hi, I recently bought a MEDIASONIC DUAL 3.5" SATA HARD DRIVE ENCLOSURE RAID 0/1 (model number: HUR1-SU2S2). I'm currently using the enclosure with two WD green 2TB SATA-3G WD20EARS 3.5" (total capacity 4GB using win7x64). I have the drives set up in a RAID-0 Stripe array as I'm looking for performance. Unfortunately my Dell M1730 laptop does not have esata, but since it has expresscard, I was hoping someone might be able to guide me as to which card would be best to use in conjunction with the above. At present I'm using USB2 however it's painfully slow, in fact no faster than my single USB enclosures. I've seen cards on ebay from .99c all the way up to over $100. I have no idea which ones are reputable etc. I'd appreciate any input/guidance in this respect, thanks. edit: i should add that the more expensive cards have more slots and RAID functionality, which I assume I don't need since my enclosure already consists of two drives right? i mean the only way i would imagine that to benefit me was if i had two identical enclosures that support esata, am i understanding this correctly?
  8. thanks for the feedback guys, so can i just format within windows or is there a benefit of formatting using Data Lifeguard Tools?
  9. hi everyone, it's been a while since my last visit and again i could use the helpful assistance of some of the veteran members here. i just purchased another WD elements 3.5' external hard drive (model no: WDE1U10000). not sure if it's got 16MB or 32MB cache, however my problem is that this drive (as all external drives) are factory formatted in FAT32. this normally isn't a problem however i have a large collection of HD files and 8.5GB DVD rips on my system. FAT32 doesn't allow you to transfer files larger than 4GB to the drive. Question: can i format this drive to NTFS without any negative side effects? if so then why do the manufacturers still format them in FAT32 when NTFS has been around for years? thanks for your assistance.
  10. UPDATE: the SG500 doesn't appear under disk management at all where it used to display as a single, unpartitioned 465GB drive. if i messed something up i'd at least see 465GB of unallocated space in DM but it's not showing anything other than my 2x320gb RAID partitions on the ICH5R and my DVD-RWs. further i thought about using system restore but unfortunately i deleted the RAID driver at approx 1pm yesterday and the only two restore points available are of 7:30pm and 8:30pm yesterday which coincide with when i attempted to install the promise ATA driver (non RAID) and then the promise RAID driver, so i can't roll back either. i have everest ultimate installed and it picks up the SG500 drive only under the category storage\ata along with the data below. however, it does NOT show the SG500 under other categories such as windows storage, logical drives or physical drives. please correct me if i'm wrong but i understand that everest rescans the system everytime it loads, so if it's picking up the drive it's not from some old cache but in fact it's rescanned and found the said drive correct? Field Value ATA Device Properties Model ID ST3500630AS Serial Number 5QG13FQM Revision 3.AAK ATA Device Physical Info Manufacturer Seagate Hard Disk Name Barracuda 7200.10 500630 Form Factor 3.5" Formatted Capacity 500 GB Disks 3 Recording Surfaces 6 Physical Dimensions 146.99 x 101.6 x 26.1 mm Max. Weight 720 g Average Rotational Latency 4.16 ms Rotational Speed 7200 RPM Interface SATA-II Buffer-to-Host Data Rate 300 MB/s Buffer Size 16 MB ATA Device Manufacturer Company Name Seagate Technology LLC Product Information to sum it up, there's the promise controller manager that comes up at boot by pressing Ctrl-F (after the BIOS screen and after the ICH5R screen passes but before windows boots) the promise bios recognizes the SG500. the port is the same one i was initially using and even if it weren't it shouldn't make any difference since i was using RAID on a single disk and i'm still doing the same thing. now as far as the software side is concerned, i still haven't managed to install the RAID promise driver without problems. it says sucessfully installed yet the SG500 is not registering under disk management but everest picks it up. not sure what to do next as i have a lot of data on this drive, which i'm 95% sure is intact, but i'm afraid of doing something that'll make my data FUBAR
  11. hello everyone, i have an Asus P4C800-E Deluxe rev. 2 running 2x320GB Seagate SATA2 HDD's off the Intel ICH5R controller and 1x500GB Seagate SATA2 off the Promise controller. i added the 500GB Seagate over a year ago to promise port 1 and i remember that in order to get the promise controller to recognize the drive in windows vista, i had to switch its function from "IDE" to "RAID" in the bios. under the promise array management, the seagate 500GB was listed under Array 1, 64kb stripe size and as one disk only. yesterday i added a Western Digital 500GB SATA2 to the promise controller and it wouldn't recognize it. i tried switching the sata ports (only the promise ones, haven't touched the ICH5R which is working just fine) and no luck. i went into the promise array management and added the WD500 to array 2 but left the SG500 on array 1 as is. (not sure if this is correct but SG500 may have been listed as array 2 and WD500 as array 1 after i switched the ports around, but that shouldn't make any difference to my data right?) i went into windows and i can't say for certain but i think my SG500 was still being recognized by windows. i finally realized in order to get it to work i needed to get the drivers for promise IDE function and not promise RAID...HUGE MISTAKE!!! i had forgotten that over a year ago i had problems getting the IDE to work and now i've got a SG500 full of data which was created on the promise controller using RAID (albeit the data is all on one disk). after deleting the RAID driver i installed the IDE driver but it still didn't recognize the WD500...and now it no longer recognizes the SG500. i've got an external enclosure for the WD500 so i'm gonna continue using it in that, all i want now is to get my trusty SG500 working again. i tried reinstalling the RAID promise drivers for my p4c800-e deluxe but had issues getting them to install...even though it says install sucessful i get a tiny exclamation mark next to it in device manager. i've got a lot of data which i'm fairly certain is secure and is inaccessible due to a driver problem which i cant resolve. so please someone tell me my data is secure as the only thing i did to screw with my SD500 was switch from port 1 to port 2 but now it's back. appreciate any help in this regard. cheers.
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  13. update: i decided to boot the system using my Windows XP CD and the F6 RAID disk. when prompted to install win xp on a given partition, i selected the 70GB unallocated space and selected create partition (RAW). i then exited the win xp installer, booted into vista and the OS recognized the 70GB RAW partition and prompted me to format it. problem solved. thank you all for your input.
  14. i haven't been able to get a hold of a 500GB drive yet, i'll try again on monday. in the meantime if anyone knows of a software that can fix this partition problem in a RAID-0 without affecting the nearby partitions and their data please let me know as it'll save me a lot of hassle. thanks
  15. thanks bazza, i'm going to get a 500GB drive to back up my storage. the partition sizes/location i had set were deliberate and for the same reasons you pointed out; they've helped a lot. i just hope that i am able to put all the others in the extended without losing the data. i'll get a hold of the 500GB drive and give it a try. thanks again