eSATA-150 RAID External 2Ports Low Profile PCI Adapter RC

eSATA-150 RAID External 2Ports
Low Profile PCI Adapter
RC-221
User Manual
eSATA-150 RAID External 2Ports Low Profile PCI Adapter RC-221
User Manual
Important Message to RAID User:
1. Before the installation of controller card, please to study the PDF file of
SATA Raid manual at enclosed CD folder \ SATA Raid_2Port \ SiI3x12 \
Win98_me_2000_xp_nt4.0 \ Gui first. This Raid manual has more information
on Raid architecture, Raid features, Raid installation, Raid setting
and Management software for Raid GUI (Graphical User Interface).
2. After driver installation, if you like, you can install SATARaid GUI for Raid
management. Before SATARaid GUI installation, you must remove all the
existing SATARaid GUI (or Java SATARaid GUI) to ensure your new SATARaid
GUI can work properly.
i.e. : (\ Start \ Control Panel \ Add or Remove Programs \ Select all
SATARaid \ Remove)
3. For the creating and management of Raid sets, you can either use BIOS
utility setting before Windows operation or use GUI setting under Windows.
1. Introduction
The SATA RAID 2 Port PCI Host Adapter is a PCI to dual Serial ATA host
controller board. It provides a 32bit, 33/66 MHz PCI interface on the host side and
dual, fully compliant Serial ATA ports on the device side to access SATA storage
devices.
The board can be used to upgrade your desktop computer to have dual Serial
ATA Channels and support RAID 0 and RAID 1 features.
The board supports Serial ATA Generation 1 transfer rate of 1.5 Gb/s (150 MB/s). It
comes completely with drivers for Windows Vista, 2003, NT 4.0, 2000 and XP.
RAID, Redundant Array of Independent Disks, greatly enhances two main areas
of data storage: performance and data integrity. By using RAID 0, also known as
Striping, performance of sustained data transfer rates is greatly enhanced by
simultaneously writing data to 2 drives. The second benefit of RAID is data
redundancy. RAID 1, Mirroring, writes identical data on two drives or sets of drives,
thus protecting the data from a disk failure. If, for any reason, one drive were to fail,
your data is secure and available from the mirrored second drive.
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1.1. Features
1.1.1. PCI Interface
Compliant with PCI Specification, revision 2.2
Integrated PCI DMA engines.
32 bit, 33/66MHz fully compliant PCI host interface.
1.1.2. High Speed Serial ATA Interface
Dual high speed Serial ATA ports, each supporting 1st generation Serial
ATA data rates (1.5Gb/s).
Provides RAID 0 (Stripping) to greatly increase the performance of data
transfer by simultaneously writing data to 2 drives.
Provides RAID 1 (Mirroring) to protect the data from a disk failure by writing
identical data on 2 drives.
Fully compliant with Serial ATA 1.0 specifications
Supports Spread Spectrum in receiver.
Independent 256-byte FIFOs (32 bit * 64 deep) per Serial ATA channel for
host reads and writes.
1.2. Package Contents
SATA RAID 2 Port PCI Host Adapter
Users Manual
Driver CD
2. What Is RAID
RAID - Redundant Array of Independent Disks
RAID technology manages multiple disk drives to enhance I/O performance and
provide redundancy in order to withstand the failure of any individual member,
without loss of data. This card provides two RAID Set types, Striped (RAID 0) and
Mirrored (RAID 1).
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Disk Striping (RAID 0)
Striping is a performance-oriented, non-redundant data mapping technique. While
Striping is discussed as a RAID Set type, it is actually does not provide fault
tolerance. With modern SATA bus mastering technology, multiple I/O operations
can be done in parallel, enhancing performance. Striping arrays use multiple disks
to form a larger virtual disk.
Disk Mirroring (RAID 1)
Disk mirroring creates an identical twin for a selected disk by having the data
simultaneously written to two disks. This redundancy provides instantaneous
protection from a single disk failure. If a read failure occurs on one drive, the system
reads the data from the other drive.
3. BIOS Installation (RAID Setting)
Creating and deleting RAID sets is a function found in the BIOS. During boot up, the
RAID setting message will appear and pause for a few moments to allow the user to
choose what to do. This board will act as normal NON-RAID card when BIOS not
configured for RAID. Just proceed to Software Installation section directly. If you
use traditional parallel ATA HDD, make sure your hard drives be set up as master
mode before the RAID setting.
3.1. Creating Striped Sets (RAID 0)
1. As the BIOS boots, Press CTRL+S or F4 to enter the raid bios utility.
2. Select Create RAID set. Press Enter.
3. Select Stripe then press Enter.
4. Select Auto configuration. Press Enter.
5. Press Y to save your settings.
6. Press CTRL+E and then press Y to exit the setup.
7. Continue with conventional Fdisk and Format steps as if you are installing a
conventional hard drive.
8. Your RAID configuration is complete. Please proceed to software installation
section.
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3.2. Creating Mirrored Sets (RAID 1)
1. As the BIOS boots, Press CTRL+S or F4 to enter the raid bios utility.
2. Select Create RAID set. Press Enter.
3. Select Mirrored then press Enter.
4. Select Auto configuration. Press Enter.
5. Press Y to save your settings.
6. Press CTRL+E and then press Y to exit the setup.
7. Continue with conventional Fdisk and Format steps as if you are installing a
conventional hard drive.
8.Your RAID configuration is complete. Please proceed to software installation section.
3.3. Deleting RAID Sets
1. As the BIOS boots, Press CTRL+S or F4 to enter the raid bios utility.
2. Select Delete RAID set. Press Enter.
3. Answer Y to remove the RAID set. If the RAID set being deleted is a Striped set,
then all of the data will be lost. If the set being deleted is a Mirrored set, then the data
will remain intact and accessible on both drives.
3.4. Rebuilding Mirrored Sets
1. After replacing the failed hard drives boot the BIOS, Press CTRL+S or F4 to enter
the raid bios utility.
2. Select rebuilding Mirrored set. Press Enter.
3. Select Online rebuild or Offline rebuild.
4. Answer Y to rebuild the Mirrored set of hard drive.
3.5. Resolving Conflict
When a RAID set is created, the metadata written to the disk includes drive
connection information (Primary and Secondary). If, after a disk failure, the
replacement disk was previously part of a RAID set (or used in another system), it may
have conflicting metadata, specifically in reference to the drive connection
information. If so, this will prohibit the RAID set from being either created or
rebuilt, In order for the RAID set to function properly, this old metadata must be
first overwritten with the new metadata. To resolve this, select Resolve Conflicts,
and the correct metadata, including the correct drive connection information, will be
written to the replacement disk.
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4. Software Installation
4.1. Windows 98/98SE Driver Installation
For New Windows 98/98 SE Systems (Fresh Installation)
1. After the SATA RAID PCI Host Adapter and attached drives are configured,
follow Microsoft procedures to install Windows accordingly.
2. Once Windows has been installed, double click My Computer/Control
Panel/System, then click Device Manager.
3. Double click Other Devices then PCI RAID Controller.
4. Click Driver tab, then Update Driver.
5. Insert the Driver diskette and click Next.
6. Select Search for a better driver than the one ...option and click Next.
7. Check Specify a location, uncheck the other boxes, type in E:\ (If your
CD-ROM/DVD is E:\) and click Browse.
8. Points specify a location, example E:\SATA Raid_2Port\ Sil3x12\ Win98_me
_2000_xp_nt4.0 \ Driver, click OK and then Next.
9. Click Next and then Finish.
10. Remove the Driver CD and click Yes to restart Windows to complete driver
installation.
For Existing Windows 98/98 SE Systems
1. After the SATA RAID PCI Host Adapter and attached drives are configured, boot
up Windows.
2. At the Add New Hardware Wizard, click Next.
3. Select Search for the best driver for your device option and then click Next.
4. Insert the Driver CD, check Specify a location, uncheck the other boxes, and
click Browse.
5.Points specify a location, example E:\SATA Raid_2Port\ Sil3x12\ Win98_me
_2000_xp_nt4.0 \ Driver, click OK and then Next.(If your CD-ROM/DVD is E:\)
6. Click Next and then Finish respectively.
4.2. Windows ME Driver Installation
For New Windows ME Systems (Fresh Installation)
1. After the SATA RAID PCI Host Adapter and attached drives are configured,
follow Microsoft procedures to install Windows accordingly.
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2. Once Windows has been installed, click My Computer, then click Properties. Click
Device Manager tab.
3. Double click Other Devices then PCI RAID Controller.
4. Click Driver tab, then Update Driver.
5. Insert the Driver CD, check Specify the location of the driver (Advanced)
and click Next.
6. Select Search for the better driver option, check Specify a location,
uncheck Removable Media, type in E:\ (If your CD-ROM/DVD is E:\), and click
Browse.
7. Points specify a location, example E:\SATA Raid_2Port\ Sil3x12\ Win98_me
_2000_xp_nt4.0 \ Driver, click OK and then Next.
8. Click Next and then Finish.
9. Remove the Driver diskette and click Yes to restart Windows to complete driver
installation.
For Existing Windows ME Systems
1. After the SATA RAID PCI Host Adapter and attached drives are configured, boot
up Windows.
2. At the Add New Hardware Wizard, check Specify the location of the driver
(advanced), and click Next.
3. Insert the Driver CD, check Specify a location, uncheck the other boxes, and
click Browse.
4.Points specify a location, example E:\SATA Raid_2Port\ Sil3x12\ Win98_me
_2000_xp_nt4.0 \ Driver, click OK and then Next.(If your CD-ROM/DVD is E:\)
5. Click Next and then Finish.
Verification of the Proper Installation for Windows 98/98SE/ME
1. Double click My Computer/Control Panel/System. Click Device Manager tab.
2. Double click SCSI Controllers, Silicon Image Sil-3x12 SATA Raid
Controller should be listed.
3. Highlight Silicon Image Sil-3x12 SATA Raid Controller and click
Properties. A message This device is working properly is displayed in the
dialog box, the driver has been correctly installed. If any error message is displayed,
remove Silicon Image Sil-3x12 SATA Raid Controller and restart your
system.
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4.3. Windows NT 4.0 Driver Installation
For New Windows NT 4.0 System (Fresh Installation)
1. Before installation, copy all the files under directory E:\SATA Raid_2Port\ Sil3x12\
Win98_me _2000_xp_nt4.0\ driver\ *.* to a blank floppy disk
2. After the SATA RAID PCI Host Adapter and attached drives are configured, follow
Microsoft procedures to install Windows accordingly.
3. At the Windows Set-up screen, press F6 to specify and add the driver.
4. Press S, select Other, then press Enter.
5. Insert the Driver diskette and press Enter.
6. Select Silicon Image Sil-3x12 SATA Raid Controller Driver and press Enter.
7. Press Enter to continue and follow on-screen instructions to complete
Windows NT 4.0 installation.
Add Windows NT 4.0 Driver on Original Booting Device
1. After the SATA RAID PCI Host Adapter and attached drives are configured, boot
up Windows. Double click My Computer/Control Panel/SCSI Adapters, then click
the Drivers tab.
2. Click Add… then Have Disk....
3. Insert the Driver CD in your CD-ROM/DVD drive and type in E:\ (If your
CD-ROM/DVD is E:\), then click Browse.
4.Points specify a location, example E:\SATA Raid_2Port\ Sil3x12\ Win98_me
_2000_xp_nt4.0 \ Driver, click Open then OK.
5. Highlight Silicon Image Sil-3x12 SATA Raid Controller and click OK.
Verification of the Proper Installation for Windows NT 4.0
1. Double click My Computer/Control Panel/SCSI Adapters.
2. Highlight Silicon Image Sil-3x12 SATA Raid Controller and click
Properties. This device is working properly is displayed in the dialog box, the
driver has been correctly installed.
4.4. Windows 2000 Driver Installation
For New Windows 2000 Systems (Fresh Installation)
1. Before installation, copy all the files under directory E:\SATA Raid_2Port\ Sil3x12\
Win98_me _2000_xp_nt4.0\driver\ *.* to a blank floppy disk.
2. After the SATA RAID PCI Host Adapter and attached drives are configured,
follow Microsoft procedures to install Windows accordingly.
3. At the Windows Set-up screen, press F6 to specify and add the driver.
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4. Insert the Driver diskette. Press S, then press Enter.
5. Select Silicon Image Sil-3x12 SATA Raid Controller Driver and press Enter.
6. Press Enter to continue and follow on-screen instructions to complete
installation.
Add Windows 2000 Driver on Original Booting Device
1. After the SATA RAID PCI Host Adapter and attached drives are configured, boot
up Windows.
2. At the Found New Hardware Wizard, click Next.
3. Select Search for a suitable driver for my device (recommended) and click
Next.
4. Insert the Driver CD in your CD-ROM/DVD drive, check Specify a location,
uncheck the other boxes, click Next, type in E:\ (If your CD-ROM/DVD is E:\). Click
Browse.
5. Points specify a location, example E:\SATA Raid_2Port\ Sil3x12\ Win98_me
_2000_xp_nt4.0 \ Driver, click Open then OK.
6. If the Digital Signature Not Found message appears, click Yes. (Note If
prompted for Windows 2000 CD-ROM, insert the CD and click OK. Type in
E:\I386, click OK and Finish. (assuming E: is your CD-ROM drive))
7. Click Finish.
4.5. Windows Vista/XP Driver Installation
For New Windows Vista/XP Systems (Fresh Installation)
1. Before installation, copy all the files under directory E:\SATA Raid_2Port\ Sil3x12\
Win98_me _2000_xp_nt4.0\driver\ *.* to a blank floppy disk
2. After the SATA RAID PCI Host Adapter and attached drives are configured,
follow Microsoft procedures to install Windows accordingly.
3. At the Windows Set-up screen, press F6 in order to specify and add the driver.
4. Insert the Driver diskette. Press S, then press Enter.
5. Select Silicon Image Sil-3x12 SATA Raid Controller Driver and press Enter.
6. Press Enter to continue and follow on-screen instructions to complete
Windows XP installation. Note: When the Software Installation warning pops
up, click Yes. And when the Hardware Installation warning pops up, click Yes
again.
Add Windows Vista/XP Driver on Original Booting Device
1. After the SATA RAID PCI Host Adapter and attached drives are configured, boot
up Windows.
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2. At the Found New Hardware Wizard, check Install from a list or
specific location (advanced), then click Next.
3. Insert the Driver CD. Check Include this location in the search, uncheck the
other box, type in E:\, and click Browse.
4. Points specify a location, example E:\SATA Raid_2Port\ Sil3x12\ Win98_me
_2000_xp_nt4.0 \ Driver, click OK then Next.
5. When a warning message pops up, click Continue Anyway, then click Finish.
Verification of the Proper Installation for Windows Vista/2000/XP
1. Double click My Computer/Control Panel/System.
2. Click Hardware then click Device Manager.
3. Double click SCSI and RAID Controllers, then double click Silicon Image
Sil-3x12 SATA Raid Controller to display driver properties.
4. A message This device is working properly is displayed in the dialog box, the
driver has been correctly installed.
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