Trying to install 3rd hard drive... uggg

Western digital / Caviar green 500gb
May 8, 2009 at 09:14:20
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, I've got an Asus P4C800 deluxe
motherboard with 2 SATA connectors and 2
more SATA RAID connectors. The 2 SATA
connectors are already connected to 2 SATA
drives. I went to Best Buy yesterday and
bought a WD Caviar 500gb HD and have
connected it to one of the open SATA RAID
connectors. The chap at the store said that
those connectors should recognize the new
HD. Unfortunately, I'm not getting access to
my new drive at all, its not even coming up on
the management-->devices nor in the BIOS.
Something that does come up which is new,
when the computer is booting, it tells me "no
array has been found" and options I press ctl-f
to make an array. I tried that, and it looks like
I'm into RAID stuff which I know nothing about.
Any ideas how to get my drive up and running?
-relative newbie

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May 8, 2009 at 20:17:01
Read up on the owners manual would be my best guess.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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May 9, 2009 at 08:26:59
There could be a number of reasons for your problem. First is that you are attempting to use a RAID controller and only run ONE drive. That may not even be possible on your motherboard.

Second is the SATA controllers on your board may be SATA I and you may be trying to use a SATA II hard drive. Sometimes this works automatically. Sometimes you must use a jumper on the hard drive to limit the drive to SATA I speed settings. Some hard drives are SATA II only and will not work on a SATA I controller at all.

Next is the 48 bit LBA issue. That refers to the ability of the BIOS to work with hard drives larger than 127/37GB. See the link below for more on that.

Finally is the BIOS settings. You need to carefully read the manual for your motherboard to determine if what you are trying is possible. If it is possible then you need to figure out what the settings need to be in the BIOS.

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