Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

Will RAID controller card act as IDE controller card?


  • Please log in to reply

#1
kramerd1506

kramerd1506

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 23 posts
I have 2 identical 80 gig hard drives both plugged into a PCI Silicon Image RAID Controller card. It worked fine, but I no longer want to have a RAID setup.

So, I "broke" the RAID relationship in the RAID setup hoping that the controller card would simply treat the two drives as seperate disks and act as a regular IDE controller card would. It did not.

Windows now recognizes one of the disks as normal and healthy and the other one it "sees", but calls it a dynamic disk (as opposed to a simple or static disk, or something like that) and it shows it as at risk. From the disk management screen, the right-click option to "Convert drive to static" is disabled/greyed out. The disk is not active and I do have the option to reactivate the disk but I hesitate to reactivate it as a dynamic drive. The disk is not mounted and has no drive letter assigned.

Does anyone have any experience along this line? I'd like to recognize both drives as seperate disks and use them as such in Windows XP.
  • 0

Advertisements


#2
dsenette

dsenette

    Je suis Napoléon!

  • Administrator
  • 26,019 posts
  • MVP
i don't have direct experience with this exact issue..but....

the reason that drive is marked as dynamic..is because for raid to work..it has to be dynamic (the drive being dynamic wont hurt anything...just gives you the option of spanning info from one drive to the other and making them look like one drive....which is how raid works)...i would activate that drive...which should mount it and assign it a drive letter..it may also give you the option to change it back to static once you do that (though...from my experience..once a drive is dynamic...it's not gonna go back)
  • 0

#3
dsenette

dsenette

    Je suis Napoléon!

  • Administrator
  • 26,019 posts
  • MVP
as an adendum...the drive is probably marked as inactive..because it was the mirror drive in your raid config.
  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP