Running Multiple RAID Controllers - Asus P5WD2 Premium
Posted on 2007-10-07
System - Asus P5WD2 Premium motherboard - BIOS Update 08/02
Chipsets - Northbridge Intel 955x MCH - Southbridge Intel ICH7R
ICH7R supports 4 x SATA supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
Silicon Image Sil 3132 SATA on Motherboard
1 x External SATA port and 1 x Internal SATA port supports RAID 0 and 1
ITE IDE Controller supports 2 x IDE Drives - disabled
DVD/CD Drive connected to IDE from Southbridge Chipset.
AddOn Card: Rosewill RC-211 Sil 3132 RAID - 2 x SATA RAID 0,1 (card on PCI x1 slot)
OS - Windows XP Pro
QUESTION: I would like to setup my system with the Rosewill RC-211 card in RAID 0 with 2 x 74GB Raptors and the OS installed on this card. 4 x 160GB Seagate HD's in RAID 5 thru the ICH7R Intel Matrix Storage Manager for DATA. I have a WD 320GB SATA HD for Backup that is removable and connects to the onboard Sil3132 SATA internal port. I am having a problem making this work - if I enable the SATA controllers with the ICH7R in RAID mode / SATA BootROM enabled and onboard Sil3132 controller RAID or SATA2 (doesn't make a difference) ***THEN*** the Rosewill Sil3132 BIOS Option does not show and the connected hard drives or RAID 0 setup drive does not show in the BIOS. IF I disable either of the onboard RAID devices **THEN** the Rosewill Sil3132 BIOS Option shows and the RAID 0 Harddrive setup shows up in BIOS. Is it possible to have all three controllers work as I want and show up during boot as they are supposed to? Also could this be a IRQ problem? If getting this to work is very involved and time consuming I'm not interested and please just tell me it's not possibile. Appreciate any help I can get, but please refrain from commenting on the Software - Hardware RAID aspects of computing, I just want to know how to make this work - THANKS!