I've ran into quite the annoying problem when trying to connect 3 SATA devices onto my motherboard.
These are the parts that I'm using:
ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe ATX Mobo
WD Caviar 250GB 7200 RPM SATA HD
WD Raptor 73GB 10000 RPM SATA HD
Plextor SATA DVD Burner
I wanted to install a system with the OS and my games on the 73G HD for quick access and my music/movie files on the 250GB.
My Mobo has two SATA connectors that are non-RAID and two that are RAID. The problem lies here. My BIOS will not detect anything plugged into the RAID SATA connectors and only detect the two plugged into the non-RAID ones. I've tested this out by switching the connectors around and the BIOS as well as Windows will only detect two SATA devices. They are detected as the third and fourth IDE masters.
As of currently I have the 73G HD and the Plextor DVD plugged into the non-Raid and I have installed Win XP on my 73G to see if I could get Windows to detect my other hard drive. Windows has not detected it.
However, since the 250G HD is plugged into the RAID SATA connectors it is detected by the Promise FastTrack RAID controller (I think that's what it is) and it is always asking me at startup to define an array for the 250G HD as thats the only HD RAID detects.
I read up on RAID and realized that I didn't want to install it and would just rather have two HDs and a DVD installed in Windows all on SATA. I've tried to turn off RAID settings in the BIOS, such as changing "Configure SATA as RAID" to No as well as changing the Operating Mode of "Onboard Promise Controller" to IDE instead of RAID. But nothing seems to work. I've even tried to put the 250G HD as the third IDE master and formatting it by using the windows disk and then exiting as soon as windows installation starts.
Does anyone know a way of either using the BIOS or Windows to completely disable RAID and use the two RAID SATA connectors as simple SATA connectors? Or if thats not possible anyone know how I can, using RAID, set up my two SATA HDs as well as the DVD?
Thanks in advance for your help.