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ML110G4 and missing SATA DVD-RW

Cipriano Patrik
Occasional Contributor

ML110G4 and missing SATA DVD-RW


Configuration :
2 x 160 GB SATA HD --> RAID
1 x CD Rom ATA

I installed a Proliant ML110G4 with Server2003.
The HD's I configured as raid with the hp
embedded raid.
I connected also the SATA DVD-RW drive but
in windows I can not see this drive.

If I disable the raid, I can see the drive.

Is this a fact that if the Raid is enabled all
other attached devices are not visible?

This computer is amazingly annoying.
Mauro Rusignuolo
Trusted Contributor

Re: ML110G4 and missing SATA DVD-RW


you are right.


<> Leonardo da Vinci
Frequent Advisor

Re: ML110G4 and missing SATA DVD-RW

I installed a hardware RAID Controller and added 2 extra SATA disks to create a RAID-1 store that is fail-safe. ( Today I would use the Promise TX2300 at about $70 ).

I only put the Operating System on to the original single disk.

I only put Data on to the RAID drive.

There are 4 advantages to this:

1. The hardware RAID drive starts the moment the power is on and is virtually independent of the rest of the computer. It has excellent RAID Array Manager software.

2. You could move the RAID disks and Controller card to another computer in minutes

3. The Windows Swap File and the Data are on 2 separate drives, so the overall system performance is improved.

4. You can rebuild and upgrade the Operating System or re-format the original single disk without disturbing your Data.

I keep working Data on my workstation and I have a backup utility to copy complete files and folders over to the RAID-1 drive on the server as they change.

- Belt & Braces
- LOCKS ( Lots of Copies Keep Safe )

This way I am storing personal Data and family photographs going back to 1984.

Not a very expensive solution and it is very very effective.

Hope that this helps you