Raid 1 + Xp Home + IDE Hdd +Intel Pearl Mb..whats the deal?

Posted on 2004-11-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
Howdy, yall.

  I have a client who wants to have mirroring, after his hdd turned to goo.

SO the specs are as follows;

        Intel Pearl Mb
        2 WesternDigital IDE Hdd !20 Gig each
        WinXp Home  (yuck!)

I did a bios flash, updated the SATA/RAID drivers, and the utility does not see the drives as either nonraid or raid.( after pressing ctrl+I)  Whats the deal?

I have yet to master the raid configurations, (*read im a dumb ass) so any help would be fanjamertastic.

Question by:secedit
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    Expert Comment

    by:Lee W, MVP
    It could be the Motherboard only supports SATA RAID and not standard IDE RAID, in which case you'd have to get an add-in card.

    Expert Comment

    I agree wtih leew - Most motherboards with onboard RAID are for SATA drives only. Which model Intel Perl is it? I think there are a couple flavors.
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    Expert Comment

    Hello there,

    I checked the manual found at

    Conclusion: The Intel D865PERL only supports RAID with Serial ATA drives.

    There appear to be SATA converters (connect your old-style IDE drive to a SATA connector). Intel does not reccomend this:

    So, my advise, try to dump these 2 drives and buy two real SATA drives.

    Good luck,


    Author Comment

    Amen, I did my homework over the weekend and came to the same conclusion, but I'm looking into the add-in card, what flavor would best suit the purpose?  The mainboard, if anyone is interested is the D865PEARL.

    Thanks in advance dudes!
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    Accepted Solution

    Promise makes a nice range of IDE Raid controllers,

    The TX2000 seems like a good card for the purpose,

    Remember to:

    - disable any unused on-board IDE controllers (it becomes a lot, maybe to much)
    - To install XP/W2K, you probapely need to press F6 during installation and supply a disk with the drivers for the promise card. Read the manual on this.

    Good luck,


    Author Comment

    You are godlike.  Thank you Kimosabi.

    Booyakasha, the boss like the idea, so were gonna dive in.  Thanks a bunch.

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