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

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.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
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.
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.
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,

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seceditAuthor Commented:
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!
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,


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seceditAuthor Commented:
You are godlike.  Thank you Kimosabi.

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