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sarkey

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Hi all , I'm new here and desperate for some help .

I've installed a 2 port sata PCI control card in my pc along with 2 sata hdd's (samsung 320GB)
Now the problem is I cant get the computer to register the drives although they appear
in the Disk management program it shows I have partitioned and formatted them .

Iv'e been stuck on this for 2 days now so any help would be gratefully recieved . :)
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Does your computer have built in SATA? Do you have the proper drivers for the PCI card? Have you tried updating the drivers?
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Sorry jt , I realise my post wasn't very specific but thanks for replying.

My mobo(gigabyte GA7VT600L) dont have sata hence the pci card .
I 've loaded the driver and thats recognised because it gives me the option to set up raid 0 or 1 on pressing F4
when requested .

The hdd's dont need drivers according to the samsung website and in the disk management program
it says that both the card and drives are working normally.

My problem is when I try to load my windowsXP onto the drive (after disconnecting my old IDE drive)
it tells me there are no drives connected.

Hope thats a little more specific .
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No, I meant updated drivers for the PCI card - Sometimes the original driver that gets sent with hardware isn't very good and needs to be updated, so the manufacturer releases a new driver. Also, it sounds like you have a RAID card, are you sure you can use this card as a straight SATA card? Can you post the brand and model number of the card?
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Hi again , the card is Silicon Image Sil3512 SATA , it supports either a raid array or 2 independent channels.

I looked at the websitehttp://www.siliconim...duct.aspx?id=29 as your post suggests (thanks) but there are so many different downloads I dont know which one for the best or what to do with it once downloaded.

Edited by sarkey, 13 December 2008 - 01:50 PM.

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Sorry it took so long for me to get back...

I would try The Second Item on the list - it looks like the most recent driver.
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Sorry it took so long for me to get back...

I would try The Second Item on the list - it looks like the most recent driver.

Wouldn't the first one on the list be the latest considering it was released in 2008 and the second item was released in 2007?
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Ok thanks guys , I now think the problem may be that the disk that came with the card has different drivers for raid and non-raid , so I'm actually getting somewhere.

I'll come back if I need any further help .

Cheers
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Wouldn't the first one on the list be the latest considering it was released in 2008 and the second item was released in 2007?


Ah, whoops, my bad :) I didn't see the date there... :)

Sorry I wasn't able to help
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Wouldn't the first one on the list be the latest considering it was released in 2008 and the second item was released in 2007?


Ah, whoops, my bad :) I didn't see the date there... :)

Sorry I wasn't able to help

Hey, everyone makes mistakes, it wouldn't be fun if people didn't make em. :)
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