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Compatibility of The PROMISE FastTrak TX2000 raid controller with the ASUS P4PE motherboard

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Hello,

     I am using a ASUS P4PE motherboard with 512M Ram, a 120GB MAXTOR harddisk and going to buy a PROMISE FastTrak TX2000 raid controller to add 2 160GB harddisks to build a raid 1 disk array. As the ASUS P4PE motherboard was bought several years ago, does anyone know the compatibility of the PROMISE rom with the ASUS motherboard rom, or does anyone have the experience of using a workable PCI raid 0/1 card (even other good model) with the ASUS P4PE motherboard to build a smooth running raid solution.

     Thanks for any comment.

Lawrence
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I've used fastrak tx2000 boards with many boards (mainly asus PIII boards) and have never had any problems. There should be no problems at all with your board either. Both, asus and promise make good products and are normally compatible.
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Your board does have a builtin raid controller, by the way...
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Hello rindi,

     Yes, Great ! ASUS P4PE motherboard has a PROMISE PDC20376 raid 0/1 controller. However, the raid system seems to work with SATA harddisks. Is my understanding right ?

     I am now having 2 IDE harddisks on hand and so I want an IDE raid solution.

Lawrence
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Hello rindi and all,

     Moreover, do you have the experience of using the PROMISE FastTrak TX2000 IDE raid card in a Linux system ? Would this IDE raid system be recognised by a Knoppix live CD ?

     Thanks for any suggestion.

Lawrence
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If I interpret the asus manual correctly, it is for ide and sata, but there seems to be something optional.

I've had a promise tx2000 running with linux, but it meant a lot of reading up of howto's and kernel customization. The Knoppix CD saw the single drives, but not as a raid unit (that doesn't matter with raid 1 though, as so long as you don't want to write anything to the drive it doesn't make a difference). The problem is that these controllers aren't true hardware raid, but rather a kind of software raid with hardware support.

Once you get it configured it works well.
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Hello rindi,

     Yes, the built-in raid card work with both IDE and SATA. Thanks for all your comments.

Lawrence
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your welcome
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