Cant Boot xp from SATA Drive on a Raid card

By info ·
Ok, this is pretty hard to describe - but here I go..

We have a good workhorse pc running windows 2000 for a graphics workstation, 2.4ghz p4 and 2GB ram.
Unfortunately the 2 IDE drives are rather small (OS on 'F' other drive'C' - there is some legacy reason for this, but no one can remember why they have these Letters)
I want to migrate it gracefully to xp in order to run some more up-to-date software. Adding xp to the boot drive in its own partition would be very cramped.

So I installed an extra 160GB SATA Drive using an ALI PCI Card as the motherboard doesn't have SATA connections - with a view to installing xp on it and, when the change-over was complete (without interrupting the daily work-flow on someone else's pc!) to then run xp solely on the new drive.
I only discovered after installing the pci card it that it was a RAID card - something I didn't know about, and still seem to find difficult to understand.

Nevertheless it installed OK, calling itself 'E' - being visible and useable from win 2000.
I then went through the complex proceedure of installing xp on it with the business of adding the drivers by way of a floppy disk(!) as requested by the installation.
This seemed to go fine too.

Booting into win 2000 you can see the xp installation files.
however, I cannot boot the pc with xp as its OS from the new drive.

I have tried endless variations on boot.ini configurations from the old boot drive and tried tinkering with the boot settings in the BIOS. Unfortunately the additional BIOS settings that installing the pci card has added to the boot sequence are incomprehensible as the card came with minimal documentation, covering installation only. I have searched for better documentation with no success.

I have also tried using a 'boot manager' program (GAG) from which I either get error messages or a blank screen with a DOS looking cursor when I select the operating system on the SATA drive.
It did, however, seem to see the drive with the xp installation on it.

I am about to give up, having obsessively spent hours on it, but before I do, I am hoping someone can give me a pointer to a possible solution.

Nagging question: Am I wasting my time trying to boot xp from this drive??

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The RAID card shouldn't be an issue

by OH Smeg In reply to Cant Boot xp from SATA Dr ...

It could however be faulty.

All that you need to do is Insert the PCI Card and install the Drivers for 2000.
When you come to load XP it should have access to the Y2K Boot Drive where the SATA Drivers are and load XP normally.

However here the Fly in the Ointment is you will not be able to remove the IDE Drive as the Initial Boot files for XP are on that. Without it the Computer will not know where to look for the OS and even if pointed to the right place will not have the necessary files to start loading.

As in a case like this the SATA Drive isn't being used to the full capacity of it's extra speed you are not getting all the benefit that a SATA Drive offers.

Now to do what you want to you need to remove/disconnect the Y2K Boot Drive and install XP you will need to copy the SATA Driver sometimes called a RAID Driver to the Root of a floppy and when the first Blue Screen Appears press the F6 Key wait till asked and insert the Floppy and press enter.

When XP is installed and working you can reconnect the Y2K Drive and create a Boot Manager to chose which OS to boot into at startup. you'll need to place this Boot Manager on the Boot Drive to work properly this will be the one with W2k, It should work smoothly if you don't mess up the Boot Manager setup.

As for the Drive Lettering this is because the Boot Drive was blank when the OS was installed with any other HDD being formatted. When Windows saw the boot drive and was used to format it is gave i the next letter in the Chaim which in this case was F. As the Boot Drive can not have it's drive letter changed it will remain that till the OS is reinstalled or depending on how the reinstall is done longer. What happened is that the Existing Formatted Drive became C the Optical Drive became D and a drive that has since been removed was the E Drive, this may have a been a USB Device of some description. If the person who installed W2K wanted to they could have stopped the install after formatting the drive and then rebooted the unit and started the install again. If that had of been done the Boot Drive would now be the C Drive.

Post back if you have any problems.

Edited to try to improve clarity. Don't know if I've succeeded though.


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I'll give it a go

by info In reply to The RAID card shouldn't b ...

So basically, you suggest I re-install xp directly on to the SATA/RAID card drive with the 2 IDE drives physically disconnected?

(The odd thing is that xp seemed to think it had installed on this drive - I even did all that F6 and floppy stuff and it seemed content. hey-ho)

I'll try the lone HD approach - It'll have to wait till the weekend though as the PC in question is in use daily. I'll let you know how it goes - thanks for the help

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Basically yes reinstall the OS

by OH Smeg In reply to I'll give it a go

But for a different reason that what is stated above. You want to eventually remove the Y2K Drive and if you where to do that the XP install would no longer boot.

After you have XP installed and the other Boot Drive reconnected you'll need to create a Boot Manager because XP will not be accessible as the system will default to the Y2K Drive.

Lets Know how you get on.


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by info In reply to Basically yes reinstall t ...

yes, I see what you mean. I'll certainly let you know how it goes (having a go at it this weekend when PC not in work use)

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