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I killed my old ASUS A7V333 motherboard which had a promise ide raid chip on it, so I got a new soyo dragon ultra KT400 and this thing has a Highpoint HPT372 ide raid controller on board.  I had a raid setup already with the asus and now I tried just plugging in the drives and the highpoint detects them correctly, but hangs the computer right after detecting them.  Once the drives are unplugged the highpoint detects no drives and allows the computer to boot fine.  Is there any way to rescue the data on my raid which BTW is striped, not mirrored.  Thanks ~Dan
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No such luck; you'll need to use the same model controller to recover the data.  Then back it up and create a new RAID with the new controller.  Each controller arranges the data on the drives to suit itself.  There is no standard arrangement that all controllers read.

If you have a local no-questions-asked-returns superstore nearby, I suggest you purchase a Promise IDE RAID controller card long enough to pull off the data.
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Thanks but one more question, will any promise ide raid controller do, or do i have to get the same model as the one onboard the asus?? thanks again, Dan
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by:magarity
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That's a really good question.  I'm going to go out on a limb and make a bad analogy:  The integrated simple Promise controller versus the full feature is probably like Windows2000 Pro and Windows2000 Advanced Server.  Both can read NTFS-5, just one has more features than the other.

In any case, try the regular Promise controller first because that is the easiest and as I've pointed out it is probably available at your local no-questions-asked-returns superstore.  If it does work, you've saved the trouble of tracking down a motherboard and if not then it only takes a little time to run down to the store.  I really think it should work.  If the controller on the MB is the ATA-100 version or the ATA-66 or whatever, try to get the corresponding Promise RAID not for speed but because they were more likely to be compatible firmware.

If you do have to track down another MB, trying the card first will no more harm your data than your attempt to hook it up to the HighPoint controller.

Good luck!
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by:latuszek
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Yeah I'm going to try to get the card first and see if that works.  Not so sure whether best buy or circuit city will have it, and those are the only no questions asked places i can think of.  Anyways thanks for your advice and I'll let you know what happens.
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by:magarity
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I can find Promise RAID controller's on CompUSA's website but not WurstBuy or ShortCircuitCity.
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by:latuszek
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My good friend works at CompUSA and I went there and he asked a technician about this.  The tech swore that it should just work.  "Just plug the hard drives into the new motherboard and it should work." I said I did all that and then he said that I didn't know what I was doing and that there must be a wrong setting.  Even though there are no settings available with the drives unconnected and I can't get into the BIOS with the drives plugged in.  So, I guess I'm stuck with replacing my ASUS board with another one.  Thanks for all your help. Do you know anything about ASUS's warranty policies? I really can't find anything on there website except a non-toll-free phone number to call with a 30 minute wait.  
~Dan
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http://www.asus.com/support/english/techref/warranty/index.aspx

For warranty repairs, email to rma@asus.com with the details of your problem.  Be sure to include things like the motherboard model and serial number and the date when you bought it.
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ASUS was no help at all so I broke down adn bought another A7V333, same kind as i had before.  Everything is workign perfectly unlike my old one, except when the promise bios comes up, no matter what drives I connect it says no drives detected.  At first I thought it was just not going to use the raid drives because the highpoint screwed them up, but it wont detect any drives I connect to it.  Tried new IDE cables and everything.  They all work perfectly on the onboard IDE controller.  Thanks for all your help with everything..
Dan
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OK, I had to enable jumperless mode for some odd reason and now the RAID is working perfectly on my new A7V333.  Thanks for all your help again.
~dan
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by:Flecktone
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ok... well, i've just had the same problem...

my a7V333 died, and i had a 2x60gb RAID0 array on it...

now, just to make things clear... if i go buy a new a7v333, and plug my drives into it, my RAID array will be restored without me having to rebuild it, and lose all my data???

sorry, i'm just confused / freaking out...
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by:latuszek
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yeah that's how it worked out for me. as soon as I got a new a7v333 and plugged in the raid it worked fine.
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by:Flecktone
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*phew*
thanks

i don't think i'll be using raid on my next setup...

nice idea, but the possibilty of losing a board, and all the data at the same time is too much.
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