2x512MB Patriot DDR 400
160GB Maxtor PATA
So I picked up a 300GB Maxtor SATA drive and ran the Maxblast software to set it up. The BIOS picked up the drive fine, during the RAID detection portion of the post it shows the drive properly.
Maxblast booting off the CD shows it working just fine, lets me set it up and even copies over data and partiitions from my PATA drive.
But upon rebooting things go south. Trying to boot to my SATA drive with my PATA partitions copied over (unplugged PATA drive from IDE) and I get a quick glimpes of the Windows loading screen then a very quick (1/10 second) blue screen which looks like it's showing a memory dump then a reboot.
I thought ok I will just format it 1 big 300GB partition to see if it works that way. Told Maxblast to set it up as simple additional storage (not bootable), formated and setup a partition and rebooted. Load fine into windows (off my PATA) but can't see the SATA drive at all. Even under administrative options under my disk management it does not show the drive, only my PATA drive and CD drive despite the bios picking up the SATA drive just fine.
I noticed under my hardware it shows a RAID controller has no drivers installed, I downloaded the RAID drivers for XP from biostar usa and installed them, when booting into my PATA drive I would see a VIA RAID TOOL start up, then the tray icon would load, then blue screen and reboot. If I disabled the VIA RAID tool in MSconfig the problem went away. Still would not detect the SATA drive, and the copied partition would not boot from the SATA drive.
I then decided I would download the disk from the biostar usa site to install windows onto my SATA drive. I made a floppy, booted to my xp cd and told it I need to load some more drivers, it asked for the manufacturere driver disk (or something of the sort) but when I try to load it, it just asks again, obviously not finding what it's looking for.
I have tried this with drives in all different positions, on different SATA channels, with and without other drives plugged in... nothing works.
Also while the maxblast CD can access teh sATA drive when I boot to it, when in windows if I run the maxblast CD it does not see the SATA drive. It's like windows blocks the SATA drive out or something.
I am totally lost... the BIOS sees the drive, the maxblast program can see the drive when booting to the CD but once you through windows into the mix it's all bad.
Any help greatly appreciated!