I have two Abit BX133 RAID motherboards and one Abit BX6-2 motherboard. All very stable and nice motherboards and on par with my Asus mb's in the office.
I have a question about the HPT370 onboard controller on the BX133 RAID and how it recognizes and configures to be recognized in windows.
We purchased the BX133RAID motherboards because we have a lot of hard drives because we keep upgrading and with the HPT370 and standard IDE ports you can have up to 8 IDE devices and use some hard drives for files that would just lay around doing nothing.
Since the BX133RAID has the HPT370 onboard I took two hard drives that were running off of a standard IDE connector (UDMA33) and placed them on the HPT controller. I setup the bios for the system to be booted off of the ATA100 controller. On bootup, I pressed CTRL H which brings up the HotPoint configuration menu and the drives were correctly identified and speeds at UDMA 4 and UDMA 5 which was correct as one was a ATA66 7200 rpm drive and the other a ATA100 5400 rpm drive. They were on the Primary Master and Secondary Master of the HPT370 controller. - - When going into win98SE everything works fine, however, the drives are not working at ATA66 and ATA100 and the HotPoint controller is not shown in the device manager where it is supposed to be under SCSI devices. The HotPoint Utility shows a picture of the HPT370 controller IDE3 and IDE4 Master and Slave and shows no connection to either, but obviously they are working off of that controller. The HotPoint drivers have been installed and of course we are using the 80 conductor ribbon cables.
So, the bottom line is this. Do you have to have a RAID Array created to access the Hotpoint Controller UDMA in Windows ?? Because, if this is the case, creating the array wipes the hard disk and we would have to re-install all software. I am confused here because I thought the HPT370 would support ATA66 and ATA100 UDMA drives through windows without an array being setup ?? Since they are properly auto selected in the bios as UDMA 4 and UDMA 5 the controller is certainly working although no recognition in windows.
Any help appreciated. No response back from Abit or HighPoint Technology. I keep calling HPT HotPoint so forgive me if I said that earlier.