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Raid 1 Config Problems

I have recently put together a new PC with 2 500GB HDD's in a Raid 1 Config. (Gigabyte EP35-DS3P3 Motherboard, E8400 CPU) I have intalled XP and the raid drivers that I put on a floppy.

The device Manager says there are 2 diffrent raid controllers. ("Gigabyte GBB36X Controller" and "Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R SATA RAID Controller") The properties of both say "this device is working properly"

Should I have two??

When I shut down sometimes windows will not load up - it will try to restart several times, I will need to go into safe mode and shut down again before I can finally get back to windows.

Also, when I run the Gigabyte Raid Controller I get the error message "GBB36X Raid Device is not found!"

Any help is very welcome!!

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Possibly you have two controllers

In reply to: Raid 1 Config Problems

One SATA and one for IDE...maybe? Check the specs for the MB and see if such features exist. Sometimes RAID controllers can be configured to be used as standard ports as well. You may have unused SATA or IDE ports that are enabled for RAID but nothing is attached. A trip into the BIOS settings might be useful.

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uninstall and disable the unused RAID controller

In reply to: Raid 1 Config Problems

When booting, check which controller is in use.

The Intel RAID POST looks like this:
Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager ...
RAID Volumes :
Press <CTRL-I> to enter Configuration Utility and see if it's managing the RAID Volume.

If not, reboot and look for the Gigabyte RAID POST.

GIGABYTE Technology ... SATAII/IDE RAIDE Controller...
Press <Ctrl-G> to enter RAID Setup Utility and see if it's managing the RAID volume.

Once you figure out which one is managing the volume, disable the other in the BIOS by going to the Integrated Peripherals screen. To disable the Gigabyte RAID, set Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode=IDE. To disable the Intel RAID, set SATA RAID/ACHI Mode=Disabled.

The Intel RAID controller performs better than the Gigabyte controller.

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I think it is fixed!

In reply to: uninstall and disable the unused RAID controller

Thanks for all the advice. I disabled the Gigabyte Raid by changing the setting to IDE in the BIOS as suggessted by ramarc. My system seems to be running fine now. I'm glad I have discovered this community on C/NET!

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