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Error messages and impossibility of loading Win XP when hooking a SATA drive

I am having a hard time to put together a PC with a Maxtor SATA drive. I managed to clone my old IDE drive with Acronis. The IDE worked fine, but when I removed it and leave only the Maxtor SATA I can't load Windows (XP SP2, btw).

The motherboard is a Asus P5VD1-X, and one of the error messages I get when, during start up, I press the tab key, BIOS says NOTICE: (Blinking) The number of disks is not adequate to create a RAID!!!.

Can someone please help?
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scrathcyboyCommented:
First, you must have 2 sata drives to create a raid 0 or 1, and min. 3 disks to create RAID 5.  1 is not enough.

Moreover, an IDE boot setup will not boot from a SATA drive because the SATA drivers not installed on the OS partition on the drive, and SATA is not the same as IDE for the boot process.  YOu can clone your data from the IDE to the SATA, but you will have to reinstall the OS (over top of original one) using the right SATA drivers, for the setup to Boot on SATA.  Also you need at least 2 SATA drives, preferably 3.
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scrathcyboyCommented:
RAID == redundant array of inexpensive disks.  Redundant means more than one drive.  Redundant == 2 or more.
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BrejinskiAuthor Commented:
You mean I will have to buy another SATA drive? I don't necessarily want this RAID stuff (yeah, I am not very familiar with that).
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_Commented:
Then along withg the driver issue, you will need to dig around in the BIOS and Disable the SATA RAID setting, or set it to JBOD(?) <just a bunch of disks>
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scrathcyboyCommented:
The motherboard is only set to handle SATA on the RAID controller right?  So if this is true, you must have 2+ drives to make a RAID.  If you get into the BIOS or manual, see if you can boot with just one SATA drive. if so, then do NOT make a RAID, leave the sata as a single drive.  IF the SATA controller needs 2 drives and requires a RAID, then you need to return the SATA disk for an IDE one, and while you are at it, spend the extra $10 and buy an IBM HItachi drive, it is 10X more reliable than a cheap maxtor.
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garycaseCommented:
Okay, this is simple -- just have a bit of patience:

(1)  Reinstall your IDE drive;  boot to it; and install the SATA drivers for your motherboard.

(2)  Clone the modified system to your SATA drive.

(3)  Go into your BIOS setup and set the SATA so it's not expecting to work in RAID mode.

(4)  If you intend to have both drives in the system at the same time, Rename the partition on your IDE drive (you do NOT want two identically named volumes).

(5)  Install the SATA drive, set it as the primary boot drive, and away you go ...

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scrathcyboyCommented:
On many motherboards, the non-RAID is IDE, and the SATA is RAID only, so this is not possible on all.
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garycaseCommented:
... except I already looked up the motherboard's manual and the SATA connections can be set to standard IDE configuration, which allows individual SATA drives to be connected :-)   (see page 2-23)

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garycaseCommented:
... one other comment here:   the board does not support SATA-II, so if you're using a SATA-II drive you should jumper it to restrict it to SATA-150 transfers.
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_Commented:
True, but most SATA RAIDs have a JBOD setting that will "trick" it into using just one drive. It's worth a shot.
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_Commented:
Whoops. Gary snuck 2 post in on me.   : /
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BrejinskiAuthor Commented:
Hi,

I managed to finally install my SATA HD by changing something in the BIOS. Now I am tryong to get to know if both an IDE and a SATA HD can work together in the same system. My motherborad (ASUS P5VD1-X) has a primary and a secondary IDE sockets. I've tried to hook an IDE drive in the secondary one without any success.

I am in doubt now as to whom should I grant the points...
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garycaseCommented:
SATA and IDE drives can be used in the same system with no problem -- I have 3 systems with mixed drives, including the one I'm typing this on (it has 2 SATA and 2 IDE drives).    Be sure you have the secondary IDE channel enabled in the BIOS -- these can usually be enabled/disabled, and obviously if it's disabled your drive won't work :-)    Other considerations:   be sure you're using an 80-wire cable on that channel (many systems ship with 80-wire cables for the primary, but 40-wire cables for the secondary, since the secondary is often just used for optical drives).   ... and be sure you've got the drive jumpered correctly -- if it's the only device on that channel just set it for Primary.
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GranModCommented:
PAQed with points refunded (500)

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