Can you disable raid on a Promise raid card in Win XP

Posted on 2006-05-28
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I have a Promise raid card FastTrak S150 TX2.  I want to run it as a simple storage controller.  How can I do this without buying some vanilla card?
Question by:jberenyi
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    I'm not completely sure about the promise but I know that with my rocketraid card the device is an SATA controller and when I plug a drive into it and the drive detects in the rocketraid bios I am able to mount and format the drives as I would any other.  If I want to create a raid I have to do more otherwise it just hosts the drives.  So my answer to you is nothing.  Just plug the drives in and go into windows or whatever your using and mount and format the drives.

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    Well I tried what you said.  Device manager shows the raid card but I cannot see the drives on My Computer.  I even went through Disk Management and cannot see these drives.  What should I do?
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    I downloaded the manual for the FastTrak S150 TX2, and it does not appear that you can use it as a simple controller.   The only options in the FastTrak BIOS are to create either a "performance array" (RAID-0) or a "security array" (RAID-1).   The manual is here:

    If you need a good controller-only card, I'd recommend one of the following:
    Inexpensive, with 2 SATA-150 ports and an extra IDE channel:

    A bit more, but 4 SATA-II ports:

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    Thanks Garycase for all your help!!  Especially on the other post:)
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    You're most welcome.

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