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?
ATA Device Properties
Model ID ST3500630AS
Serial Number 5QG13FQM
ATA Device Physical Info
Hard Disk Name Barracuda 7200.10 500630
Form Factor 3.5"
Formatted Capacity 500 GB
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
Buffer-to-Host Data Rate 300 MB/s
Buffer Size 16 MB
ATA Device Manufacturer
Company Name Seagate Technology LLC
Product Information http://www.seagate.com/products
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