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By d.jones092 ·
Does anyone have experience with Promise IDE Raid cards? The card in question is their Ultra ATA 133 IDE Raid card.

The RAID BIOS is detecting the card, and we installed the drivers within Win2k Server. Then, within the RAID build utility we created the array, and used the image duplication tool, which completed successfully. The sytem boots correctly, and upon installation of the FastTrack PAM utility, both drives (both Western Digital 40gb drives) are detected within the utility, and are shown as functioning normally.

However, the mirror set is not appearing in the Windows Disk Management utility. Is this normal? Or is this not normal? Are there any known issues regarding this? We are only seeing an entry for the "C:" drive.

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by scott.heath In reply to IDE Raid Controller

I have never used IDE RAID, but in SCSI RAID the controller handles disk manipulation and if you have 2 drives mirrored you would only see 1 drive in your OS. If you could see both you could accidentally write something to your mirror and destroy the set. I don't think that card support raid 5, but as another example I have 4 drives in a RAID 5 config, yet I see only 1 logical drive in my OS. the 3 drives are seen as one big drive and the 4th is my parity drive. Hope this helps!

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by Cactus Pete In reply to IDE Raid Controller

The purpose of the RAID controller card is to handle the array so that the OS doesn't worry about it. Windows will only see the single disk that the card shows it, unless you were to configure more drives in the array, at the controller. [You'd need more physical drives, of course, unless you were not actually configuring a RAID array...]

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