Originally Posted by plasticquart
Now, as for getting the drives to work in SATA mode -- is setting them to AHCI in BIOS what I need to do to achieve this? (And they don't make that easy, do they? What with the requirement of using a floppy to install the Intel Matrix driver during the OS installation, etc.) Or is it another BIOS setting I need to address?
Nope they don't. This is a limitation of Server 2003's install setup since AHCI didn't exist when it was created. They could've updated it but ...
If you're trying to change the disk mode to AHCI in the bios on an existing IDE install it's not going to boot. Mainly because they're registry keys pointing to the HAL which is pointing to IDE drivers.
The easiest way is to create a new install DVD with the latest ICH10R AHCI drivers slipstreamed in and install fresh so everything is clean.
There's a quick and dirty way to do this. I've did it really quick last week-end, so I'm going on memory but should work out.
You'll need to download a few tools tho;
-Intel P45 ICH10R drivers
Choose #3, 32bit floppy config utility.
-and you'll also need an ISO mounter. You probably already have this if you downloaded WHS and burned it. I use UltraISOPremium
, careful the trial version is limited to what file size it can burn, but it shouldn't be hard to find the full version.
-unzip the Intel drivers into a folder on your desktop called ICH10R.
-place a COPY of the WHS install iso on your desktop (keep the original in a safe place).
-mount the WHS iso copy with UltraISO as a CD Drive (note the drive letter E:, F: etc)
-create a folder on your desktop called 'ModifiedWHS'
-run nlite and browse to the drive letter you mounted the WHS ISO to and navigate to the \\SVR2003\\i386 folder in the ISO.
-nlite will ask you to select where to save the output. Point to the empty ModifiedWHS folder you created on the desktop. It'll start copying the data.
-once done click next to get to Task Selection screen and select Drivers.
-click next and select Insert. Choose single driver. Navigate to the desktop folder where you unziped the Intel drivers called ICH10R and select iaAHCI.inf
-It'll read the inf driver and display a list. Choose ICH10R and click Yes to start the process. When completed the drivers are setup to install in the modifiedWHS folder. Close nlite.
-Unmount the CD Drive (eject). it's read only so you can't add to it.
-Open the WHS iso with UltraISO and navigate to the \\SVR_2003 folder.
-Select everything(Ctrl+A) in that folder and delete it.
-Open your ModifiedWHS folder, select everything (Ctrl+A), copy and paste into the \\SVR_2003 folder in UltraISO. You might be able to replace just the
-Save and then burn the DVD to a new disc.
You should now have a full WHS install DVD with the latest ICH10R drivers...i think. (just kidding
it should work fine).
Remember to go into your bios and enable SATA mode to AHCI then run the install DVD.
Also connect your first few 1TB Sams F1's to the mobo ICH. If you don't mind, remove the Highpoint + PM for now, you can always add it later.
EDIT: Wanted to add that the HD Tune app shows what mode the drives are set at -- both are indeed in UDMA Mode 5.
Cool, so how did the HDtune numbers look on the benchmarks ?