Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s) (Controller: nVIDIA nForce4 Ultra; nVIDIA nForce4 SLI) ............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 ........................................................................................ 6

(4) Making a SATA controller driver disk ..................................................................................... 9

(5) Installing SATA controller driver during OS installation ......................................................... 11

(6) Configuring a bootable RAID array with Microsoft Windows 2000 ...................................... 14

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Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s) (Controller: nVIDIA nForce4 Ultra; nVIDIA nForce4 SLI)

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) At least 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, 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,

S_ATA1_SB/S_ATA2_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)/RAID array.

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, make sure that IDE/SATA RAID function under the Integrated Peripherals menu is enabled (Figure 1). Also make sure that the Serial-ATA 1/Serial-ATA 2 are enabled (including SATA

1 Primary/Secondary RAID/SATA 2 Primary/Secondary RAID), depending on which SATA ports you connect. For example, if you wish to create RAID with the hard disks on connectors S_ATA0_SB and S_ATA1_SB, assure that the Serial-ATA 1 is enabled (Serial-ATA 2 is for S_ATA2_SB and

S_ATA3_SB connectors) and SATA 1 Primary/Secondary RAID are enabled.

CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software

Integrated Peripherals

On-Chip IDE Channel0

On-Chip IDE Channel1

IDE DMA transfer access

On-Chip MAC Lan

On-Chip LAN BOOT ROM

IDE/SATA RAID function

IDE Primary Master RAID

IDE Primary Slave RAID

IDE Secndry Master RAID

IDE Secndry Slave RAID

Serial-ATA 1

SATA 1 Primary RAID

SATA 1 Secondary RAID

Serial-ATA 2

SATA 2 Primary RAID

SATA 2 Secondary RAID

IDE Prefetch Mode

On-Chip USB

USB Memory Type

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

[Auto]

[Disabled]

[Enabled]

[Disabled]

[Disabled]

[Disabled]

[Disabled]

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

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[Enabled]

[V1.1+V2.0]

[SHADOW]

Item Help

Menu Level} higf: Move

Enter: Select

F5: Previous Values

+/-/PU/PD: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit

F7: Optimized Defaults

F1: General Help

Figure 1 (This BIOS setup screen is captured from GA-K8N Ultra-SLI, BIOS ver.:F2a)

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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Step 2:

If you do not create RAID, 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 wish to install Microsoft Windows 2000/XP. You should see a screen similar to Figure 2 below.

1. CH2 M. :

2. CH3 M. :

3. Bootable Add-in Cards

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Hard Disk Boot Priority

S_ATA1-ST3120026AS

S_ATA2-ST3120026AS

Item Help

Menu Level }}

Use <h> or <i> to select a device, then press <+> to move it up, or <-> to move it down the list. Press

<ESC> to exit this menu.

hi: Move

PU/PD/+/-: Change Priority

Figure 2

F10: Save ESC: Exit

If you wish to create RAID, configure the RAID array in RAID BIOS (refer to page 6) first. After finished, re-enter the system BIOS Setup to set hard disk boot priority before OS installation. Select Hard Disk

Boot Priority under the Advanced BIOS Features menu. In the Hard Disk Boot Priority submenu, select the RAID array onto which you wish to install Microsoft Windows 2000/XP. You should see a screen similar to Figure 3 below.

CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software

Hard Disk Boot Priority

1. SCSI-0: NVIDIA MIRROR 111.78G

2. Bootable Add-in Cards

Item Help

Menu Level }}

Use <h> or <i> to select a device, then press <+> to move it up, or <-> to move it down the list. Press

<ESC> to exit this menu.

hi: Move

PU/PD/+/-: Change Priority

Figure 3

F10: Save

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ESC: Exit

Step 3:

To boot from Windows installation CD-ROM, set First Boot Device under the Advanced BIOS Features menu to CD-ROM (Figure 4).

} Hard Disk Boot Priority

First Boot Device

Second Boot Device

Third Boot Device

Boot Up Floppy Seek

Password Check

Init Display First

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Advanced BIOS Features

[Press Enter]

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[Hard Disk]

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Item Help

Menu Level}

Select Hard Disk Boot

Device Priority higf: Move

Enter: Select

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Figure 4

F10: Save ESC: Exit

F7: Optimized Defaults

Step 4:

Save and exit BIOS Setup.

F1: General Help

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(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 4.76

Copyright (C) 2004 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.

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. The following is an example of RAID 0 array creation.

Step 4:

If RAID 0 (Striping) 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.

RAID Mode: Striping

NVIDIA RAID Utility Nov 5 2004

- Define a New Array -

Striping Block: Optimal

Free Disks

Loc Disk Model Name

2.0.M

ST3120026AS

2.1.M

ST3120026AS

[g] Add

Array Disks

Loc Disk Model Name

[f ] Del

[ESC] Quit [F6] Back [F7] Finish [TAB] Navigate [hi] Select [ENTER] Popup

Figure 6

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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 using the UP or DOWN ARROW key and use the

RIGHT ARROW key to add the hard drives to the Array Disks section (Figure 7).

RAID Mode: Striping

NVIDIA RAID Utility Nov 5 2004

- Define a New Array -

Striping Block: Optimal

Free Disks

Loc Disk Model Name

[g] Add

Array Disks

Loc Disk Model Name

2.0.M

ST3120026AS

2.1.M

ST3120026AS

[f ] Del

[ESC] Quit [F6] Back [F7] Finish [TAB] Navigate [hi] Select [ENTER] Popup

Figure 7

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.)

RAID Mode: Striping

NVIDIA RAID Utility Nov 5 10 2004

- Define a New Array -

Striping Block: Optimal

Free Disks

Loc Disk Model Name Loc Disk Model Name

1.0.M

ST3120026AS

1.1.M

ST3120026AS

[f ] Del

[ESC] Quit [F6] Back [F7] Finish [TAB] Navigate [hi ] Select [ENTER] Popup

Figure 8

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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. The Boot section will show Yes.

Boot

No

Id

2

NVIDIA RAID Utility Nov 5 2004

- Array List -

Status

Healthy

Vendor

NVIDIA

Array Model Name

STRIPE 111.79G

[Ctrl-X] Exit [h i ] Select [B] Set Boot [N] New Array [ENTER] Detail

Figure 9

To read more information about the RAID array, press ENTER to enter the Array Detail screen (Figure

10), where you should see detailed information about RAID mode, disk block size, disk model name, and disk capacity, etc.

Array 2 : NVIDIA MIRROR 111.79G

- Array Detail -

RAID Mode: Striping

Striping Width : 1 Striping Block: 64K

Adapt

1

1

Channel M/S

0

1

Master

Master

Index

0

1

Disk Model Name

ST3120026AS

ST3120026AS

Capacity

111.79GB

111.79GB

[R] Rebuild [D] Delete [C] Clear Disk [ENTER] Return

Figure 10

To delete the array, press D in the Array Detail screen. When the "Delete this array?" message 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 ESC in the main menu or Ctrl+X in the Array List screen.

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/RAID array on the nVIDIA nForce4 Ultra/SLI controller successfully, you need to install required driver for the SATA controller during OS installation. Without the driver, the hard drive/RAID array 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

(Note 1)

.

Figure 13

Step 5:

Insert an empty floppy disk and select the nVIDIA Series ATA driver by pressing the corresponding letter from the menu (Note 2) (for example, from the menu in Figure 13, press G to select nVIDIA Series ATA

(XP) if you wish to install Windows XP or press I to select nVIDIA Series ATA (2K) if you wish 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.

(Note 1): The name of the drivers in the menu might differ, depending on the version of your driver CD-ROM disk.

(Note 2): Select the driver by pressing the corresponding letter according to the operating system you wish to install. The Nvidia Parallel items in Figure 13 are for IDE RAID hard disks.

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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 14). 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 14

Step 2:

When a screen similar to that below appears (Figure 15), 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 15

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Step 3:

If Setup correctly recognizes the driver in the floppy disk, a controller menu similar to Figure 16 below will appear. Use the ARROW keys to select NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER* (Figure 16) and press

ENTER. Later, when a screen similar to Figure 17 appears, you must press S to select additional driver.

The screen will return to previous screen as shown in Figure 16. Select NVIDIA nForce Storage

Controller and press ENTER.

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 (required)

NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller (required)

ENTER=Select F3=Exit

Figure 16

Windows Setup

Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):

NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required)

* 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 17

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

nForce 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 18) appears, press ENTER to continue the SATA driver installation from the floppy disk.

Windows Setup

Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):

NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required)

NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller (required)

* 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

After the SATA controller driver installation is completed, you should see a screen similar to that below.

You can proceed with the Windows 2000/XP installation now.

WindowsXP Professional Setup

The following list shows the existing partitions and unpartitioned space on this computer.

Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select an item in the list.

l

To set up Windows XP on the seleted item, press ENTER.

l

To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.

l

To delete the selected partition, press D.

114471 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on nvraid (MBR)

Unpartitioned space 114471MB

ENTER= Install C=Create Partition F3=Quit

Figure 19

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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). Under the Integrated Peripherals menu (Figure 20) assure the SATA port connecting the SATA hard disk (the one containing the Windows 2000) is Enabled (Figure 20). Save settings and exit the BIOS setup.

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Integrated Peripherals

On-Chip IDE Channel0

On-Chip IDE Channel1

IDE DMA transfer access

On-Chip MAC Lan

On-Chip LAN BOOT ROM

IDE/SATA RAID function

IDE Primary Master RAID

IDE Primary Slave RAID

IDE Secndry Master RAID

IDE Secndry Slave RAID

Serial-ATA 1

SATA 1 Primary RAID

SATA 1 Secondary RAID

Serial-ATA 2

SATA 2 Primary RAID

SATA 2 Secondary RAID

IDE Prefetch Mode

On-Chip USB

USB Memory Type

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

[Auto]

[Disabled]

[Enabled]

[Disabled]

[Disabled]

[Disabled]

[Disabled]

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

[V1.1+V2.0]

[SHADOW]

Item Help

Menu Level} higf: Move

Enter: Select

F5: Previous Values

+/-/PU/PD: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit

F7: Optimized Defaults

F1: General Help

Figure 20

(

This BIOS setup screen is captured from

GA-K8N Ultra-SLI

, BIOS ver.

F2a)

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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 21). 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.

RAID Mode: Striping

NVIDIA RAID Utility Nov 5 2004

- Define a New Array -

Striping Block: Optimal

Free Disks

Loc Disk Model Name

[g] Add

Array Disks

Loc Disk Model Name

2.0.M

ST3120026AS

2.1.M

ST3120026AS

[f ] Del

[ESC] Quit [F6] Back [F7] Finish [TAB] Navigate [hi] Select [ENTER] Popup

Figure 21

Step 4:

After all the settings, press F7 to complete the configuration. When prompted to Clear Disk Data (Figure

22), press N. Then press CTRL+X to exit the NVIDIA RAID BIOS. Restart the computer to boot into

Windows 2000.

RAID Mode: Striping

NVIDIA RAID Utility Nov 5 10 2004

- Define a New Array -

Striping Block: Optimal

Free Disks

Loc Disk Model Name Loc Disk Model Name

1.0.M

ST3120026AS

1.1.M

ST3120026AS

[f ] Del

[ESC] Quit [F6] Back [F7] Finish [TAB] Navigate [hi ] Select [ENTER] Popup

Figure 22

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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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