Adaptec RAID0 XP Boot Issue
Posted on 2003-11-15
New RAID0 setup.
Problem ...system will not simply reboot or startup normally. Always have to dink around with the boot process rebooting a second time selecting boot windows normally or go to Safe mode then go back to boot windows normally...
Once I get to boot on raid0 I get no errors, no errors when it hangs.
It just hangs at the windows banner or gets almost to the welcome screen and then reboots... but only when windows xp is loaded on as a RAID0
It will simply hang in the boot process at the initial banner and all disk activity stops after two or three accesses. Sometimes the disk activity led is solid sometimes not when it hangs. But I repeat myself after going from a normal attempt to a last config that booted or to safe mode and then back to a normal attempt I can usually get it to boot...
Sometimes when I get enough disk activity where it looks like it will boot and in the normal seqence the screen would go dark and go to the welcome the system reboots there.
I have tested both Cheetahs independantly formating them imaging them as single drives and they boot clean. Seagate diags show them both fine.
Tried new from web site and old drivers that came on disk.
Tried loading fresh copy of windows straight to raid0 array with same result.
Tried going from 320 to 160 SCSI in bios settings.
Have hung garlic and performed sacrifices!!! Been working at this for weeks thinking I'm just being stupid and missing something simple
I've changed SCSI cables, moved adapter to another slot, moved array to channel B.
If I take the fresh load of windows put on the array and put on an IDE it works fine. If I take it and put it on either Cheetah... it works fine. Works fine meaning I can reboot cleanly every time.
Both Cheetahs ST336753LW are at version 5 firmware.
Drive temps at 32 C.
max in Seagate diags.
I've even run chkdsk/r just to see if there were any corrupted files.
At this point I am suspecting the RAID controller. I haven't another one to try.
It appears that there are few if any diags to run on the RAID controller.
This is my first attempt at SCSI RAID0... I do allot of multitasking running Photoshop7 filters on many images and C1DSLR PRO RAW File Conversions and Neat Image cleanup all simultaniously as well as e-mail, web and file transfers to web end of day. Getting the disk I/O subsystem optimized for me is a real need not a benchmark luxury or bragging right with peers'
Equipment Config: Dual 15k Cheetahs running on Adaptec 39320R controller running latest Hostraid drivers. 16K stripe. (Dual 2.8 Xeons 4GB Mushkin RAM) I have two other 18gb 15K IBM Piranahs on the onboard 39320 controller but I don't have the 2010s zero raid controller to try. I use these for swap and scratch drives. 3 (Data) IDE Drives PC Power and Cooling 510 power supply. SuperMicro X5DA8 mobo.
Also when booted ....performance does not meet equal = benchmarks in SIS Sandra.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.