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Windows 7: Flashing Bios on an Adaptec 1220 SATA drive controller


26 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Flashing Bios on an Adaptec 1220 SATA drive controller

Hello all,

I'm going to install RC1 in the next few days.

I was looking to test the stability within RC1 of an adaptec 1220SA card I have to control the system drives. I have the Vista 64bit driver for the card as this is the newest listed.

I have created a recovery disc in beta build 7000 and hope to use this to boot into a DOS shell and follow the instructions given on the adaptec site:

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This is the BIOS release v6.0-0 Build 2330 for the Adaptec SATA II RAID 1220SA Controller.

This BIOS should only be used together with Driver v1.6.12086 in Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista.

This self-extracting archive includes the flash utility, the BIOS image file and the Release Notes.
Caution: If the BIOS update fails with an error message "unable to find file" or "target controller does not match", please see ASK Answer ID 15241

Installation Instruction: This file is self extracting and will unzip to the directory \adaptec\1220sa. Copy the expanded files to a floppy diskette. The expanded files can also be copied to a USB device or CD-R.
Shut down the operating system and reboot to DOS from a bootable floppy disk, USB device or CD-R. Insert the media with the update files. Run the flash utility program named AFU.EXE included in this download to backup the current BIOS and flash the new BIOS image.

I'm hoping to expand the bios update file onto a cd for the second drive or alternatively stick it on a USB stick.

My question is this, when I am in the dos shell, what do I do!

I suddenly realised that i've never had a need to use the command line


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26 May 2009   #2

 
 

Download the Installation and User Guide from here:
http://cms.adaptec.com/en-US/support...ii/AAR-1220SA/

Follow the instructions for flashing the bios.
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26 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

if i've got the card installed but not with any discs attached to it could I just not use the command line within Windows 7?
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26 May 2009   #4

 
 

No you can't. See attached:


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26 May 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

yes I saw that in the documentation afterwards!

Oh well, uncharted territory here I come!
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27 May 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Well, I decided against the bios upgrade and chose to just install drivers - downloaded the signed vista x64 drivers from adaptec and guess what - no banana,

Windows 7 just said that it couldn't find any signed drivers and I refuse to go back and tit around with floppy drives and discs

So anyway, I decided to use the second sata controller on the asus mainboard to run a drive for backups and other stuff so that it's away from the intel controller where all the other discs are.

On the plus side - I installed from a USB stick and it went like clock work
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