SATA clash on Asus K8VSE

hi,  im running an AMD64 with  XPro2  on sata1,
but when i  hot-switchon  sata2,  XP freezes.
if i restart with both sata cold-on,  xp refuses to boot.
any ideas please ?               tia.
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Steve McCarthy, MCSE, MCSA, MCP x8, Network+, i-Net+, A+, CIWA, CCNA, FDLE FCIC, HIPAA Security OfficerIT Consultant, Network Engineer, Windows Network Administrator, VMware AdministratorCommented:
The SATA drives are not made for hot switching on the K8VSE motherboard.  When you put them on cold and it refuses to boot, it is probably seeing the drives incorrectly.  Put the drives on and power up.  Hit DEL from the get-go to get into the bios.  Look at what it shows for the hard drives.  It will be on the second last tab.  You may have to switch the order of the drives.  Next, go into the Boot order on the same page, and make sure the drive you want to boot from is listed before any other drives.  Save and Exit.

If you want to RAID them, hit the TAB key when the SATA controller appears and it will take you into the SATA RAID utility.  You can select drives there, level of RAID and create the arrays.  Once that is done, you hit ESC and you must then select the Select boot Drive.  If you have RAIDED your system, selecting 1 will select both.  ESC and boot and everything should work fine.  I have about 10 of these.

marshalxAuthor Commented:
wow that was quick sam;  i only posted the question 3 minutes ago !
what have you got  10  of - the K8VSEs,   or  satas on a Raid ?

im on a laptop at the moment, so will do the Asus later on.
ive got a feeling that the mobo socket sata1   shows as sata2 in the bios,
so as you say may have to change them over.

is it possible to boot from Raid drives ?

ps.  Linux  suse 64-bit (ver 9.2) is due out next week
      so will be able to use AMD to its full exent at last.
      but ive heard its only about 20% faster than 32-bit.
Steve McCarthy, MCSE, MCSA, MCP x8, Network+, i-Net+, A+, CIWA, CCNA, FDLE FCIC, HIPAA Security OfficerIT Consultant, Network Engineer, Windows Network Administrator, VMware AdministratorCommented:
I have about 10 of these boxes.  Most run a pair of Hitachi 250gb SATA drives in a RAID1 Mirror.  On a few I have a single ATA drive as additional storage and on a couple of them I also run a pair of RAID1 ATA drives off the Promise controller.

Yes, I boot from the RAID drives all the time.  I think you have found the quirk that I found.  Whenever I add an ATA, it automatically moves ahead of the SATA as the first drive, so I have to go back in the BIOS and change it again.    Once you go into the bios and put your drives in order, then go into the RAID and setup your Raid array.  AFter it's done, go back a screen and select them as the boot drive.  I always go back into the Bios again to ensure that the RAID is still the first drive.  AFter you make it a Raid, only the 1st ATA shows up as a drive choice as the system sees it as 1 drive then (Mirrored).

I like these boards....  As I speak, I'm building up 3 more as Domain Controllers for the City Government I work for.  The only mistake I ever made with these boards, and I only did it once, was to try to update the bios with the ASUS update utility.  For this particular board, you have to use a different utility on the ASUS web site.  

Good Luck!

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marshalxAuthor Commented:
thanks for useful comments sam.
ill  attend to that next week and let you know how it proceeds.
ive got another amd64 on a gigabyte K8NSPRO with 3 ATAs
(one on Raid=normal ide3).  that board is quite good also,
its got dual-bios chips in case one gets blown - giga say that
occurs more than people realise.
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