Windows XP won't boot with PCI SATA RAID1 set
Posted on 2007-11-22
I recently bought a pair of 500GB Western Digital SATA II drives (set to SATA I mode by jumpering pins 5 and 6) and a PCI SATA I card with a Silicon Image SiI3512 chipset to install onto my ASUS A7V8X motherboard.
I successfully migrated my existing IDE boot drive onto one of the SATA drives, removed the IDE drive and confirmed that XP worked okay.
I then went about creating a RAID 1 set and mirrored the first 500GB WD drive onto the second 500GB WD drive. When I try to reboot with this RAID 1 set in place, I now get stuck on the device list. The only way to boot into Windows is to remove the RAID set.
If I delete the RAID set, XP starts fine and I can access both disks independently. It's only when I define the RAID set that there's a problem.
I've installed the latest drivers and BIOS for the RAID card and am now a bit stumped as to what else I can try to get this set-up working.
Any assistance would be appreciated.