Expanded SAS/SATA RAID Agreement For Intel Server And Workstation Channel Products

Multigenerational alignment broadens availability of LSI SAS1078 RAID-On-Chip and MegaRAID solutions for Intel’s worldwide channel network.

Intel Corporation and LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced a multigenerational SAS/SATA RAID agreement to broaden the worldwide availability of LSI RAID-On-Chip (ROC) and MegaRAID solutions for Intel’s worldwide channel network. Intel has selected LSI to supply 3 and 6Gb/s solutions for server and workstation products.

The two companies have collaborated since 2003, and under this expanded agreement Intel will make available to its channel customers a wider range of SAS/SATA RAID products for Intel servers and workstations. The products will better meet the growing demand for systems requiring advanced data protection, enhanced performance and superior usability, all supported by Intel’s worldwide channel network.

Using the LSI SAS1078 and future 6Gb/sec SAS ROC and MegaRAID solutions, Intel will deliver both RAID adapter and integrated board products designed to complement the new Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5400 series, which employs Intel’s new transistor formula for better performance and energy efficiency. In the first quarter of 2008, Intel plans to add four SAS/SATA controllers and one system board to its current portfolio of SCSI, SATA and SAS RAID products1.

This complements the currently available selection of Intel products using the LSI SAS1078-based adapters, which includes the high-performance, highly scalable Intel RAID Controller SRCSASJV; the flexible, mainstream Intel RAID Controller SRCSASRB; and the value-oriented Intel RAID Controller SRCSATAWB. All Intel RAID Controllers and SAS/SATA products are validated with Intel server boards, chassis and systems, and qualify for Intel service and support. Additional details here.

“The agreement we’re announcing today will result in a competitive long-term product roadmap with a consistent set of software tools,” said David Brown, director of marketing, Intel Enterprise Product and Services Division. “In the end, this boils down to investment protection for Intel’s channel customers based on a planned evolution of our server and workstation products combined with LSI ROC and MegaRAID solutions.”

Mike Gurin, director of channel marketing at LSI commented, “This alignment will bring additional resources to bear to speed the adoption of LSI’s industry-proven RAID solutions, helping provide high-performance and reliable fault-tolerant data protection for Intel’s customers. By combining Intel’s worldwide customer reach with LSI’s MegaRAID adapters and embedded ROC products, customers win.”

Installing A Sata Drive – Press F6

Installing a SATA drive onto a new system requires the installation of OEM drivers that may not be natively supported. What brought this to mind was an inquiry I had this weekend from a friend who had just purchased a new Maxtor SATA hard drive for his system. I did a Google and it appears that this continues to be a problem for some folks who may not be familiar with the procedure of having to install OEM drivers in order to get Windows XP to install properly.

Microsoft has a KB articles that describes the procedure here. The basics are as follows:

When you are installing Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Windows Server 2003 on a new computer or on a computer that has the latest SCSI or IDE controller technology, you may have to use an OEM device driver to support, for example, a new mass storage controller, to continue with the installation. The symptoms that you have to install an OEM device driver include the following:

•The computer may keep restarting and never start the GUI installation after the text mode Setup is finished.
•The Setup program may stop, and you may receive an error message if the Setup program does not correctly detect the controller.
•If you are booting from the installation floppy disks or CD-ROM disc, you receive the following error message: 

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your system

If you are upgrading by using the Winnt32.exe file, or if you are performing a new installation by using the Winnt.exe file, you receive the following Stop error:

Stop 0x0000007B Inaccessible_boot_device

This behavior may also occur after you update the firmware or the BIOS of a supported SCSI controller if the update causes incompatibility with the SCSI driver that is included with Windows.

There is one key sentence in the instructions that I like Windows pauses briefly:

During the text-mode phase of the setup process, Windows pauses briefly and prompts you to press F6. This option is displayed in the status line and lets you use an OEM mass storage controller driver. The F6 option is provided strictly as a means to install OEM drivers for mass storage controllers only. This is required to let the installation of the operating system continue. Microsoft does not support using F6 to install any device driver other than mass storage controller drivers.

You have to be quick on the trigger to press F6 to install the drivers. The pause is in fact brief. :-)

Hope this helps.

Comments welcome.

[tags]sata, hard disk, oem, drivers, installation, procedure, [/tags]

Lite On DVD Reader/Writer: $40.40

LITE ON 20X Internal SATA DVD Dual-RW with Lightscribe – $40.40

There should be an image here!Lite-On It Corps 20X DVD-RAM with Lightscribe can write 4.7GB of data in about five minutes. This Super AllWrite Drive can support all DVD formats: DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, and DVD-RAM.

The LH-20A1L is able to rewrite certified DVD-RAM media at 12X maximum, write DVD+R DL (Double Layer) media + DVD-R DL (Dual Layer) media at 8X maximum, rewrite High-Speed DVD+RW at 8X maximum, rewrite High-Speed DVD-RW at 6X maximum, and read DVD-ROM media at 16X maximum.

The Lite-On 20x LH-20A1L features built-in SMART-BURN technology providing buffer-under-run-free function and great media compatibility for high-speed writing of DVD+R / DVD+RW / DVD-R / DVD-RW / CD-R / CD-RW media.

[tags]DVD writer, LH-20A1L, SATA, DVD RAM, double layer[/tags]

nLite v1.3.0.4

nLite lets you choose which components to remove from your Windows system before installation. By removing unnecessary components, you gain greater system speed and security. You can make a bootable ISO with it and even easy slipstream service pack with the click of a button.

You can easily automate CDKey and other personal information so that your installation can go by unattended. Latest versions support driver and hotfix integration as well. Very useful for creating a CD containing SATA/RAID drivers so you don’t need those old floppy drives.

[2.04M] [Win2k/XP] [FREE]

[tags]Windows, ISO, CDKey, SATA, RAID[/tags]

Vista Install – RAID or SATA – No System Volume Found

In looking at some of the postings in the forums, there seems to be some problems for those who are trying to either do a clean or upgrade install, and who are receiving a error message stating something to the effect of ” unable to find system volume.”

This will normally occur when your motherboard supports RAID or SATA hard disk controllers and Vista does not support the onboard controller for your mobo. You will need to go to the manufactures website for the motherboard you have and see if the correct Vista drivers are available yet.

Once you get the drivers downloaded, save them to CD, DVD, or flash drive. During the installation you will see the option, To Load Drivers. select this option and install the drivers and the installation should proceed.

A few have followed these directions, yet the install is still a no-go. Seems like some drivers for certain mobo’s do not work correctly as of yet. Also, I have found in the past, that there is a possibility that the controller manufacture MAY support the proper driver from their website, i.e. Adaptec. Notice the word MAY.

Good luck.

[tags]vista, controller, raid, sata, drivers, [/tags]

Hard Way Hartley – Because Doing Right The First Time Is For Sissies!

As promised, I am outlining below some of my observations as I dealt with getting my system into a more SATA hard drive ready state.

While my system is not even close to what Chris P. has under the hood, it’s certainly nothing to scoff at, either. The machine targeted for the hard drive upgrade is an ASUS K8N Deluxe board with the nForce 3 series chipset. I am cooking along with one full gig of PC3200 DDRAM. The processor powering this turkey is the AMD 64 3700+. My selected video card is the GeForce 6800 GS w/256 MB of memory. It’s also running at AGP 8x and serving up dual 19 inch LCD monitors.
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Stupid Moves 2.0

Well, it’s official. I seem to have misplaced my weekend! To bring my coming story into focus, most of you may remember me making mention of a new hard drive purchase and the need for a good disk cloning application? At any rate, it took two men and a boy to make the move happen, but I’m finally running off of my new SATA hard drive. Suffice it to say, the move was not as simple as you might expect. I’ll explain more tomorrow as we dive head first into DDOs, boot floppys (yes, even in 2006) and the total lack of native motherboard support.
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SATA Drives Or RAID Arrays In XP

Some computers contain motherboards that support Serial ATA (SATA) hard drivers. The motherboards may have a separate dedicated SATA controller. You can determine if your computer has a dedicated chipset during the POST because a second screen may appear identifying the SATA hard drives.

When you install Windows XP, you may need to inform setup that your SATA hard drives are on a separate controller. You can do this during the text mode phase of setup by pressing F6 when prompted to install additional drivers. Then insert the floppy disk containing the SATA controller drivers. If you don’t supply the drivers, Windows setup may stop indicating that it cannot locate any hard drives.
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A Better Power Supply Tester

In my RL (real life,) I do IT and web work. There isn’t a week that goes by when I have a client that has a PC that will not boot up properly. Usually, this means one of four items could be defective (or a combo of them.) The four are the power supply unit (PSU,) central processing unit (CPU,) motherboard, and/or memory. Usually memory is a piece of cake to rule in our out, but the others aren’t.

There has been many times that my 24-pin PSU tester has given me a green light indicating all was well only to discover after replacing the motherboard and CPU that in fact, it was a bad power supply. What a waste of time and money. So, I’ve been looking for a better PSU tester and through much time and research, I’ve found one that I think is worthy of notice.

A company in Taiwan, CaseBuy Tech Corp, OEM’s an incredible PSU tester that will is worth it’s weight in gold. Every review site I read (near a dozen) gave it a 10 of 10. This thing doesn’t just test the 20 or 24-pin power supply cable, it also tests the P4 cable (of which was my problem in the last dead PC,) PCI-Express power connectors, Xeon power connectors, floppy drive connectors, +3.3V, -12V, PG, +5VSB, +12V, -5V, +5V outputs, as well as SATA power connectors. This thing does it all! It’s just the perfect tester for any PSU.

Now the fun part is finding where you can buy it since it goes under many different brand names. But Google helped me out and I found it at FrozenCPU.com. They’ve got it for $14.99 which is a great deal on such a versatile product. If this saves me one trip for a CPU or motherboard to CompUSA or Fry’s, then it’s well worth the three Venti Caps at Starbucks!

[tags]sata,p4,psu,power supply unit,tester,20 pin,24 pin,molex,floppy drive,pci-express[/tags]

I'm Looking For A New Computer

Dunno. It’s been three years since I’ve had a new desktop machine. We’re a
year away from Vista, but there are things I know I could be doing faster today
(video processing, content creation, etc.). I don’t game much, but I also know
that Vista will need raw power – so this would likely be a “futureproofed”
machine. I wanted to hold off until Q1 2006, but will likely slide this sucker
over to Ponzi at that point. Our older machines will likely get donated. Well,
here’s what I’m thinking – and it ain’t gonna be cheap. It’s the Area-51 7500:

  • Processor: Intel Pentium Processor 840 w/ Dual Core Technology
    3.2GHz 800MHz FSB
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service
    Pack 2
  • Warranty: 4-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support with Onsite
    Service Bundle with AlienAutopsy and Respawn
  • Power Supply: Alienware Approved 650 Watt ATX 2.0 Power Supply with
    Active PFC
  • Chassis: Alienware Full-Tower Case – Lunar White
  • Chassis Upgrades: Alienware Acoustic Dampening
  • Motherboard: Alienware nForce SLI Intel Edition Chipset Motherboard
    PCI Express SLI
  • Graphics Processor: Dual 256MB PCI-Express x16 NVIDIA GeForce 7800
    GTX – SLI Enabled – Includes Free Copy of BattleField 2 !
  • Memory: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz – 2 x 1024MB
  • System Drive: High Performance – 1TB (500GB x 2) Serial ATA-II 3Gb
    7,200 RPM w/32MB Cache
  • Primary CD ROM/DVD ROM: 16x Dual Layer DVD +/- R/W Drive w/ LightScribe
  • Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic High Definition
    7.1 Surround Sound
  • Floppy Drive: 3.5″ 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive – Black
  • Network Connection: Integrated High Performance Gigabit
  • Portable Storage : Alienware 10-in-1 Digital Media Reader /
  • Monitor: No Monitor
  • Alienware Exclusive Offers: Gamespot Complete – Free 90-day Trial
    (a $20.85 value)

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