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Old 06-26-2005, 12:46 AM   #1
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can't detect SATA hd, using PCI controller

I recently added a Adaptec 1210SA 2 port PCI SATA RAID controller and a 200 Gb Seagate drive. I'm running Mandrake 10.0 Community. The card is detected, but the drive is not and I'm not sure how to go about getting it to work, I searched for information on it in google and in the forums here, but haven't found any solution. I attempted what worked for this user,, but that did not fix my problem unfortunatly. Anybody have any ideas?
Old 08-17-2005, 03:31 PM   #2
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I am trying to install slackware 10.1 on a mirrored raid setup using a Adaptec 1420SA card, and 2 SATA drives.

If anyone out there can find a solution I would praise you til the end of time.

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Well. With most SCSI drives you have to use the SCSI controller to low level format them before they can be used. I have never used a SATA drive yet so I don't know if you have to do this for them of not.

From what I know all drives must be Low Level formated before their first use. IDE drives are usually low level formated by the manufacturer before retailers get them, so you should never have too. SCSI drives normally are not Low Level formatted and must be Low Level formatted before they can be used. As for where SATA stands, I don't know.

If you have never used the drive before you may want to use your SATA controller to Low Level format your drive.

If you have a dos boot disk with the dos program fdisk on it, boot up that dos floppy and see if fdisk can see that SATA drives. With SCSI drives I know that fdisk can see and partition them since that is what we do when we get a new server at work. We use Novell NetWare and it boots off a dos FAT16 partition before it does it's equivalent of "loadlin" to boot the actual Novell OS. ANYWays the point I was trying to make was if DOS's fdisk can see the SATA drive the problem is probably with linux if it can't either then the problem is most likely with your SATA controller configuration.

Hope I helped more than I confused. And that my info is right.


WARNING: Low Level formating will erase everything on the drive, just in case you didn't know that...only hope i wasn't to late.

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Old 08-17-2005, 09:12 PM   #4
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Well Mandriva and slackware are not an OS's supported by Adaptec. But if your problem is your OS you might be able to use RadHat's or SUSE's drivers, but I'm a linux NEWBIE so don't take my word for it. I use drivers for newer versions of windows in older versions of windows with better stability than the drivers for the right version, go figure. But the same may not hold true for linux. Don't know why not since they all are based on the same kernel, but then again I'm a noob for a reason.

Adaptec 1210SA

Adaptec 1420SA

I don't know what the newest version of Slackware is but Mandriva's newest version is 10.2 (aka 2005LE) You may want to download/order the newest version and see if your card is supported in 2005LE. I can't find out when the card was first manufactured to get a better guess of whether 2005LE might support you card. sorry.

I'm afraid I have done all I can...Hope I helped.


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