Hi, I'd love it for someone to please help set me on the optimal path for getting my p6t system to work with a big stack of drives, most of which will hopefully be upgraded to 3TB or larger in the future. So really, it's at least two issues, getting 3TB drives working right now and in the future, and generally making sure all drives are configured in a way that makes sense.
OS is Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1, fully updated
boot drive is a legacy Seagate 500gb IDE drive that is functioning fine (I boot from it without using F8). It's on "Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller (ATA)." I know this is slow and suboptimal but it's working fine for now. Eventually I'd like to upgrade to ssd, but that's another panicky post I'm sure!
Data drives are a mix of 1.5TB seagates, 2TB WD greens and a single 3TB drive for now.
Full malware/virus/rootkit scan done (to the point of using a hijack this forum) prior to posting here, just to be sure.
Not using RAID, don't really want to use RAID, this machine is a household media server with up to 10 HDDs in it, most of which are 1.5TB or 2TB right now. I anticipate replacing them with 3TB drives in the future.
Using Hard Disk Sentinel, it looks like I have
2x 1.5TB seagates on ICH10 family 2 port sata storage controller
3x 1.5tb seagates on ICH10 family 4 port sata storage controller
1 sata optical drive on the 4port as well
I also have a Rosewill RC-218 4 port sata expander card, which presently has a 2TB WD drive and a 3TB seagate (more about which below) on it. This card reads as a Sonnet Tempo SATA Gen 2 PCI Express Adapter.
I had been
using the two DriveXpert sata ports in Normal mode
– both had WD 2TB drives on them and were functioning fine in the win7/64
environment until one started to develop bad sectors. I can’t remember how I
got that working exactly, I do remember being confused by the manual which
seemed to suggest I could only use one drive in normal mode.
was in usb enclosure, appeared to have formatted fine to full amount of space, gpt no problem.
Never really tested it to see if I could fill it past the 2.2tb mark without
issues in the USB enclosure.
One of my
internal WD 2TB drives was dying of bad sectors, so I pulled it and moved the 3TB seagate to the internal
context on one of the Rosewill ports, then filled it up (past the 2.2TB mark
but not entirely full). On a subsequent reboot, chkdsk launched and all hell
broke loose, deleted all but about 600gb on the 3TB drive. On the next reboot I didn’t see
chkdsk fire up again, but things seemed flaky and I was down 400gb of data left.
[note, the flaky 2TB drive is still good enough to copy most of the data again,
so it’s not a complete disaster yet]
day, disk manager says the Seagate 3tb is a “healthy” 3tb drive.
contrast, looking with HD Sentinel or diskpart tells me that it’s only a 2tb gpt drive! I
hadn’t known about interrogating with diskpart until quite recently.
Channel 0 – Microsoft driver 6.1.7601.17514 for all
Channel 1 - 6.1.7601.17514
family 2 port SATA storage controller 2 – 3A26: driver version 126.96.36.1997
family 4 port SATA storage controller 1 – 3A20: driver version 188.8.131.527
Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller: Microsoft driver 6.1.7601.17514 dated
21/06/2006 (which seems awfully old?)
Storage Controllers, we see two:
JMB36X Controller - Driver 184.108.40.206 from 19/05/2011
Tempo SATA Gen 2 PCI Express Adapter – driver was recently updated by Win7 to 220.127.116.11
actually a Rosewill RC-218 SATA port card (nothing RAIDy), and I understand
it’s normal to be named this way. Anecdotal evidence at newegg.com suggests
it should be ok with 3tb drives)
P6T BIOS is
1408 (latest), and what seem like the relevant settings about hard drives
-> Storage Configuration
SATA Configuration = Enhanced
Configure SATA as: [IDE] (not
raid or ahci, problem?)
-> Onboard Devices
J-Micron eSATA/PATA = Enabled
Controller Mode [AHCI] (not IDE, problem?)
sure if relevant)
ACPI 2.0 disabled
ACPI APIC support = enabled
Group 0 -> Normal Mode
Other details re 3tb issues:
Some threads suggesting install Asus DiskUnlocker - this installs, but crashes when I try to run it.
Seagate's website suggested installing Seagate Disc Wizard, which
supposedly puts a driver in place that lets the 3tb drive be used properly, but
I’m not sure how to confirm that this driver is actually running. In device manager, under Seagate
Devices there is an entry for “Seagate DiscWizard Image Backup Archive
Explorer” but driver date is 2005, and version is “not available”.
Should I keep either of these programs installed?
Several threads suggest I need a later version of the ICH10 driver to support 3tb drives, which I guess would be relevant when I want to start replacing the drives on those ports with 3TB drives. I tried to install the latest driver (iata_enu_10.8.0.1003.exe), but "This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software". It's not clear to me if these drivers are only for people who want RAID (I don't) or are necessary for any use of 3TB drives.
I suspect this failure to install the driver means I have to flip the storage configuration to AHCI in the bios, but I'd like some guidance on this with regard to my particular situation where I'm booting from an IDE disk and have tons of data on the sata disks that would be flipped from IDE to AHCI. Is my data at risk? Is my boot disk at risk? What do I need to do, just change the bios setting, or also do the registry business that's been posted on other threads?
What exactly do I need to do to get 3TB drives working, and on which sata ports should I be using or not using 3TB drives, and why? Should I be cautious about using the Rosewill/Sonnet ports for any particular sizes of drive?
Is it cool to be using both DriveXpert ports as regular sata ports? There seems to be conflicting info on this. Can I put 3TB drives on those ports at all?
Do I need to post any more details to make this clearer? Sorry for the long post.
Thanks for any insights and help.