Silicon Image 3114 Controller - How do I just use it for non-RAID SATA drives?
Posted on 2006-11-09
I have an ASUS P5AD2-E Premium motherboard with an onborad Sil 3114 running SATALink Bios version 5.0.39.
Two questions if I may.
Fisrtly how do I get it to just treat the drives as normal SATA (i.e. non-RAID). I have specified this in my BIOS (i.e. not to run in RAID mode), the Sil Array Manager that launched when Windows XP starts showing the Sil controller recognises the drives present correctly but I cannot see them under disk management. The only options I can see in the Sil Array Manager are to create an array, which I don't want to do, I just want to access the disks normally. It seems the controller sees the disks but not Windows. They all have data on them, so I don't want to do anything that might destroy the data on them.
Secondly, is there a limit on the size of the drives it can deal with. When I plug in two my 750GB Seagtae Barracudas, it just hangs in between the IDE scan and starting WIndows.
I just get a black screen like this:
Sil 3114 SATALink BIOS version 5.0.39
Copyright (c) 1997-2003 Silicon Image, Inc
0 ST3750640AS _
And the underscore just sits there blinking.
Any help gratefully received.