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Old 01-19-04, 09:38 AM
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Is my RAID card going wonky?

I have a pretty new motherboard (Abit IC7-MAX) that should be able to handle the larger than 137GB hard drives that need 48-bit addressing.

I have 2 160GB ATA100 hard drives connected to a Highpoint RocketRaid100 card in RAID 0 configuration for 298GB (real GB) in disk space.

I'm running XP with SP1 (which should be able to handle the greater than 137GB HD capacities, as I also have a 200GB ATA100 drive that is also installed and working). Initially, I was able to partition and format it for 298GB of disk space, and it had been working fine up to this past weekend.

As I got to putting more and more files on the RAID 0 array, when I get to around 240GB, the RAID controller starts beeping, and it complains that one of the drives is not working. So I reboot, and the RAID 0 array is still intact, but if I add more files to it, I get the RAID controller beeping at me, and it complains that the other drive is not working.

After I back up my data, I delete the RAID 0 array, and start over from scratch.

I boot back up, have XP's disk manager create a large primary partition on the RAID 0 array, and then I format the partition with NTFS. The formatting gets to 86% and then it hangs (86% of 160GB is 137GB). That appears to me that I'm still hitting the 137GB wall in this RAID 0 array. What should I do to alleviate this situation.
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Generally when this start happening in a Raid 0 one of the drives have a problem. You did'nt say what kind of drives they are but did you use the diagnostic disc that came with the drives to check them for any problems yet?
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I'll do that. They were Western Digital drives. Grr... Why me...
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As I recall you're using different types of drives in that RAID array. Maybe that's the problem?
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No, I have identical WD 160GB drives.
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So much for that theory.

You might check for newer drivers for the RAID card.
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I'm also going to download SP1A, I hadn't realize that was out now. I'm also going to find out if WD has patches for XP as well.
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Have you checked the s/w & BIOS versions on the card? From Highpoint's FAQ:
Question:
My motherboard's onboard IDE controller cannot support larger hard drives. Does the RocketRAID 100 card support drives larger than 137GB?

Answer:
Yes, our host adapter cards support hard drives larger than 137GB in size.
Make sure the appropriate BIOS and driver versions are installed for the card. Some of the card's may not have been shipped with the necessary revision.

2.1 or higher is required for the RR100.
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For your reference, I'm running RAID 0 (2)WDSE 120GB/8MB using a Promise FastTrack100 TX2 in WinXP Pro. HDs are set to CS, Masters on separate channels. Final size is 223GB.

I suggest you run WD's disk utility and check for sector problems on both WDs.

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Old 01-20-04, 09:11 AM
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Well, I have bios 2.31 on the Highpoint RR100 card, so that's fine.
Downloaded the latest Raid Management software from their website.

I did a quick scan, a full scan, and a Low Level Format on each of the WD 160GB hard drives last night (took around 4-5 hours). Each HD scanned clean, no errors. I also made sure to use the WD utilities to set the ATA speed at 100 for the HDs.

I downloaded the Network version of XP SP1A (125MB) and installed it and rebooted.

I used the Raid Management software to create the Raid 0 array (I had used the RR100 BIOS at the bootup stage to create the array before booting into XP on my previous attempt).

Then using XP's disk management, I initialized and partitioned the full array's space of 298GB (true GBs), and formatted it in NTFS, 64K cluster size.

So far, so good, but I have filled it up yet, so I'll find out later tonight if I run up against the same problem as I get close to the 240GB disk space level of files.

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