Table of Contents
Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s) (Controller: nVIDIA nForce4-4X; nVIDIA nForce3 250/Ultra; nVIDIA
nForce2 MCP RAID) ..................................................................................................................... 2
(1)
Installing SATA hard drive(s) in your computer .......................................................................... 2
(2)
Configuring SATA controller mode and boot sequence in BIOS Setup .................................... 3
(3)
Configuring RAID set in RAID BIOS ............................................................................................. 5
(4)
Making a SATA controller driver disk .......................................................................................... 8
(5)
Installing SATA controller driver during OS installation ............................................................ 10
(6)
Configuring a bootable RAID array with Microsoft Windows 2000 ........................................ 13
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Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s) (Controller: nVIDIA nForce4-4X;
nVIDIA nForce3 250/Ultra; nVIDIA nForce2 MCP RAID)
To configure SATA hard drive(s), follow the steps below:
(1) Install SATA hard drive(s) in your system.
(2) Configure SATA controller mode and boot sequence in BIOS Setup.
(3)* Configure RAID set in RAID BIOS.
(4) Make a floppy disk containing the SATA controller driver.
(5) Install the SATA controller driver during OS installation.
Before you begin
Please prepare:
(a) Two SATA hard drives (to ensure optimal performance, it is recommended that you use two hard
drives with identical model and capacity). If you do not want to create RAID with the SATA
controller, you may prepare only one hard drive.
(b) An empty formatted floppy disk.
(c) Windows XP/2000 setup disk.
(d) Driver CD for your motherboard.
(1) Installing SATA hard drive(s) in your computer
Attach one end of the SATA signal cable to the rear of the SATA hard drive and the other end to available
SATA port(s) on the motherboard. (If there are more than one SATA controller on your motherboard, you
may check the name of the SATA connector to identify the SATA controller for the connector. For example,
SATA0_SB/SATA_SB is controlled by the SATA controller on South-Bridge.) Then connect the power
connector from your power supply to the hard drive.
"*" Skip this step if you do not want to create RAID array on the SATA controller.
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(2) Configuring SATA controller mode and boot sequence in BIOS Setup
You have to make sure whether the SATA controller is configured correctly in system BIOS Setup and
set BIOS boot sequence for the SATA hard drive(s).
Step 1:
Turn on your computer and press Del to enter BIOS Setup during POST (Power-On Self Test). If you want
to create RAID, select IDE Function Setup under the Integrated Peripherals menu and then press
ENTER (Figure 1). Change the SATA Primary Master RAID and SATA Secondary Master RAID items
to Enabled (Disabled by default) (Figure 2). Skip this step and leave the two items to Disabled by default
if you do not want to create RAID.
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Integrated Peripherals
IDE Function Setup
On-Chip Primary PCI IDE
On-Chip Secondary PCI IDE
USB Host Controller
USB Keyboard Support
USB Mouse Support
Serial-ATA 2(Internal PHY)
AC97 Audio
On-Chip LAN(nVIDIA)
Onboard Serial ATA
Serial ATA Function
Onboard 1394
Onboard LAN Control
Onboard LAN Boot ROM
Onboard Serial Port 1
Onboard Serial Port 2
Onboard Parallel Port
Parallel Port Mode
x ECP Mode Use DMA
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ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Figure 1 (This BIOS setup screen is captured from GA-K8NSNXP-939, BIOS ver.: D24)
The BIOS Setup menus described in this section may not show the exact settings for your
motherboard. The actual BIOS Setup menu options you will see shall depend on the motherboard
you have and the BIOS version.
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IDE Function Setup
IDE RAID
IDE Channel 0 Master RAID
IDE Channel 0 Slave RAID
IDE Channel 1 Master RAID
IDE Channel 1 Slave RAID
SATA Primary Master RAID
SATA Secndry Master RAID
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F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
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Step 2:
Later, select Hard Disk Boot Priority under the Advanced BIOS Features menu. In the Hard Disk
Boot Priority submenu, select the model of the SATA hard drive onto which you intent to install Microsoft
Windows 2000/XP (Figure 3).
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F10: Save
ESC: Exit
Figure 3
Step 3:
Set First Boot Device under the Advanced BIOS Features menu to CDROM to boot from CD-ROM
drive after system restarts (Figure 4).
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Advanced BIOS Features
} Hard Disk Boot Priority
First Boot Device
Second Boot Device
Third Boot Device
Boot Up Floopy Seek
Password Check
Flexible AGP 8X
Init Display First
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F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Figure 4
Step 4:
Save and exit BIOS Setup.
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F10: Save
Item Help
Menu Level}
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
(3) Configuring RAID set in RAID BIOS
Enter the RAID BIOS setup utility to configure a RAID array. Skip this step and proceed to Section 4 if
you do not want to create RAID.
Step 1:
After the POST memory test begins and before the operating system boot begins, look for a message
which says "Press F10 to enter RAID setup utility" (Figure 5). Hit the F10 key to enter the RAID BIOS
setup utility.
NVIDIA RAID IDE ROM BIOS 4.22
Copyright (C) 2003 NVIDIA Corp.
Detecting array ...
Press F10 to enter RAID setup utility ...
Figure 5
Step 2:
The Define a New Array screen is the first option screen when you enter the NVIDIA RAID setup utility.
(Figure 6). You can press the TAB key to highlight through options. The following below is an example
of RAID 0 array creation.
Step 3:
In the RAID Mode field, use the UP or DOWN ARROW key to select a RAID mode. The supported RAID
modes include Mirroring (default), Striping, Stripe Mirroring, and Spanning.
Step 4:
If RAID 0 is selected, you can manually set the striping block size. In the Striping Block field, use the
UP or DOWN ARROW key to set the Striping Block size. The KB is the standard unit of Striping Block
size. We recommend you leaving it to the default setting--Optimal (64K). The size range is from 4K to
128K.
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Step 5:
Next, select the hard drives which you wish to be included in the disk array. The Free Disks section
displays the information about the currently installed SATA hard drives. Press the TAB key to move to
the Free Disks section. Select the target hard drives and use the RIGHT ARROW key to add the hard
drives to the Array Disks section (Figure 7).
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Step 6:
Press F7 after selecting the target hard disks. A message which says "Clear disk data?" will appear.
If you are sure to clear the data in the selected hard drives, press Y. (If the hard drives contain previously
created RAID array, you need to press Y to clear the data from the hard drives.)
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After that, the Array List screen displaying the RAID array you created will appear (Figure 9).
If you want to set the disk array as boot device, use the UP or DOWN ARROW key to select the array
and press B.
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[ E N TE R ] D e t a il
Figure 9
If you want to read more information about the RAID array, press ENTER to enter the Array Detail screen
(Figure 10), where you can see detailed information about RAID mode, disk block size, disk model name,
and disk capacity, etc.
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111.79GB
[ E N TE R ] R e t u r n
Figure 10
If you need to clear the data in the hard disk, press C in this screen. When the Clear disk data screen
appears, press Y to confirm or N to cancel. Press ENTER to return to the Array List screen.
To exit the Nvidia RAID utility, press CTRL+X.
Now, you can proceed to install the SATA controller driver and operating system.
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(4) Making a SATA controller driver disk
To install Windows 2000/XP onto a SATA hard drive on the nVIDIA nForce3 250/Ultra or nVIDIA nForce2
MCP RAID SATA controller successfully, you need to install required driver for the SATA controller
during OS installation. Without the driver, the hard drive may not be recognized during the Windows setup
process.
First of all, you need to copy the driver for the SATA controller from the motherboard driver CD to a
floppy disk. The instructions below explain how to copy the driver.
Step 1: Find an available system and insert the motherboard driver CD into the CD-ROM drive. The
installation utility will appear automatically. Quit the installation utility first.
Step 2: Go to My Computer and right-click the CD-ROM drive icon and select Open (Figure 11).
Figure 11
Step 3: Go to the BootDrv folder and look for an executable program named MENU.exe (Figure 12).
Figure 12
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Step 4:
Double-click MENU.exe. An MS-DOS prompt screen similar to Figure 13 below will appear.
Figure 13
Step 5:
Insert an empty floppy disk and press E to select E)nVIDIA Series ATA(XP) if you want to install Windows
XP; press F to select F)nVIDIA Series ATA(2K) if you want to install Windows 2000. Then it will take
about one minute to copy the SATA driver from the motherboard driver CD to the floppy disk.
Step 6:
Press 0 to exit when the procedure is complete (Figure 14). You have copied the SATA driver successfully.
Figure 14
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(5) Installing SATA controller driver during OS installation
Now that you have prepared the SATA driver disk and configured BIOS settings, you are ready to install
Windows 2000/XP onto your SATA hard drive with the driver. The following is an example of Windows
XP installation.
Step 1: Restart your system to boot from the Windows 2000/XP Setup disk and press F6 as soon as
you see the "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID driver" message (Figure 15). After
pressing F6, there will be a few moments of some files being loaded before you see the next screen.
Windows Setup
Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID driver.
Figure 15
Step 2:
When a screen similar to that below appears (Figure 16), insert the floppy disk containing the SATA driver
and press S.
Windows Setup
Setup could not determine the type of one or more mass storage devices
installed in your system, or you have chosen to manually specify an adapter.
Currently, Setup will load support for the following mass storage devices(s)
<none>
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Device ENTER=Continue F3=Exit
Figure 16
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Step 3:
If Setup correctly recognizes the driver in the floppy disk, a controller menu similar to Figure 17 below
will appear. Use the ARROW keys to select NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER* (Figure 17) and press
ENTER. Later, when a screen similar to Figure 18 appears, you must press S to select additional driver.
The screen will return to previous screen as shown in Figure 17. Select NVIDIA NForce Storage
Controller and press ENTER, and then it will begin to load the SATA driver from the floppy disk.
Windows Setup
You have chosen to configure a SCSI Adapter for use with Windows,
using a device support disk provided by an adapter manufacturer.
Select the SCSI Adapter you want from the following list, or press ESC
to return to the previous screen.
NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER
NVIDIA NForce Storage Controller
ENTER=Select F3=Exit
Figure 17
Windows Setup
Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):
NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Device Enter=Continue F3=Exit
Figure 18
If a message appears saying one or some file(s) cannot be found, please check the floppy disk
or copy the correct SATA driver again from the motherboard driver CD.
"*" If you want to create RAID, select both NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER and then NVIDIA
NFo rce Storage Controller.
If you do not create RAID, select NVIDIA NForce Storage Controller only.
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Step 4:
When the next screen (Figure 19) appears, press ENTER to continue the SATA driver installation from
the floppy disk. The driver installation will be finished in about one minute.
Windows Setup
Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):
NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER
NVIDIA NForce Storage Controller
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Device Enter=Continue F3=Exit
Figure 19
After the SATA controller driver installation is completed, you should see a screen as below. It indicates
that you have installed the SATA controller driver successfully. You can proceed with the Windows
2000/XP installation.
WindowsXP Professional Setup
Welcome to Setup.
This port of the Setup program prepares Microsoft(R)
Windows (R) XP to run on your computer.
To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using
Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
Enter= Continue
R=Repair
F3=Exit
Figure 20
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(6) Configuring a bootable RAID array with Microsoft Windows 2000
Problem: Users cannot install Windows 2000 with Service Pack 2 (or previous versions) to a bootable
RAID volume.
There are two solutions to resolve this issue.
Solutions 1:
Use the NVRAID tool (nForce Driver Version 5.xx) to convert the boot volume to a RAID array. Here
are the detailed step-by-step instructions:
Step 1:
Install Windows 2000 onto a selected hard drive. Download and install Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
from Microsoft's website.
Step 2:
After system restarts, press Del to enter system BIOS Setup during POST (Power-On Self Test). Select
RAID Config under the Integrated Peripherals menu (Figure 21), and set the SATA disk (the one
containing the Windows 2000) item to Enabled (Disabled by default)(Figure 22). Save settings and exit
the BIOS setup.
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Integrated Peripherals
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USB Keyboard Support
USB Mouse Support
AC97 Audio
Onboard H/W LAN*
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UART Mode Select
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Parallel Port Mode
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F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Figure 21 (This BIOS setup screen is captured from GA-7N400S-L , BIOS ver. E17)
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RAID Config
IDE Channel0 Master RAID
IDE Channel0 Slave RAID
IDE Channel1 Master RAID
IDE Channel1 Slave RAID
SATA Primary Master RAID
SATA Secndry Master RAID
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F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Figure 22
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Step 3:
After system restarts, press F10 to enter the NVIDIA RAID setup utility. Select Striping in the RAID Mode
filed (Figure 23). Move to the Free Disks section with the TAB key. Select the desired disk and use the
RIGHT ARROW key to add it to Array Disks menu.
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S t r ip in g Bl o c k :
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Disk M od el N am e
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1.1.M
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A rr a y D isk s
Loc
Disk M od el N am e
S T 3 1 20 0 2 6 A S
S T 3 1 20 0 2 6 A S
[g ] A d d
[f ] D e l
[ F 6] Bac k
[ F 7] F in is h
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[ h i ] S e le c t
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Figure 23
Step 4:
After all the settings, press F7 to complete the configuration. When prompted to Clear Disk Data (Figure
24), press N. Then press CTRL+X to exit the NVIDIA RAID BIOS. Restart the computer to boot into Windows
2000.
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[N] NO
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[ E N TE R ] P o p u p
Step 5:
Install the NVIDIA nForce Driver Package while in Windows 2000 and reboot the system. Go to
START>Programs>Nvidia Corporation and select NVRAID manager. You should see the single disk
RAID array (in striping mode) that was created from the boot disk. Select the single boot disk RAID Array
by clicking on it. Select Convert Array under the System Tasks and select Next following the instructions.
Select the desired type of RAID array you want to convert and then select Next. You are prompted to
select the desired Free Disk(s) to add to the bootable RAID array. Press Finish then NVRAID will start
converting the single disk RAID array into a multi-disk RAID array in a bootable format.
Note: Conversion may take 1~2 hours depending on disk size.
Solutions 2:
Users must create a combination installation CD that includes Windows 2000 and Service Pack 3 or
Service Pack 4 fixes integrated in. To create the combination installation CD, refer to the following
website:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/servicepacks/sp4/HFdeploy.htm
Note: If users choose not to install Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or 4, RAID is still supported on Windows
2000. However, users will not be able to create a bootable RAID volume.
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