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Windows 7: How do I disable a Marvell Controller?

01 Dec 2009   #1
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 
How do I disable a Marvell Controller?

My computer starts up very fast, but it takes over 2 minutes to restart! I had 2 500 hard drives with a Raid array set up (I think). This caused endless waste of time because it had to keep repairing it'self ... so I disconned one of the hard drives.

Now when I select to 'restart' my computer, this is the screen I get (for over 2 minutes


I don't know where to look in order to disable the Marvell Controller
Here are two screenshots (sorry about the first being so blurry) ... am I in the right area or close to it? And what do I do, if anything in this area?



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01 Dec 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Jeri,

Usually you should be able to from within Device Manager for that network adapter device. However, this would be your LAN ethernet controller. Unless you have a second one, disabling it will also disable your LAN internet connection with it.

My lappy uses a Marvell controller. Do you have the latest Marvel "Network Controller" driver installed for it?

Marvell: Consumer Driver Search
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01 Dec 2009   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Hi Shawn, I'm sure I don't have that driver ...can you see these picture? I can't
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01 Dec 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

I did some research on an earlier RAID case and I believe Marvell also makes a controller for RAID array.

This was surprising because I have only ever known them to make ethernet adapters.

How about copying everything down, plugging the HD back in and attempting to un-RAID by searching in the Device Manager for the controllers given, as Brink suggests?

Check also the RAID settings in the BIOS to see what other choices are there.

If necessary suggest you post a new topic "Need help to undo a RAID array" because there are RAID experts around here, we have many Windows 7 installs being bollixed by these, and it'd be great to know how they are undone.

RAID is surely redundant with built-in drive imaging now.
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01 Dec 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Jeri,

Images fixed. They had a thumbnail link instead. Disregard my post above. That was for a network controller instead of a RAID controller.

I think you will need to connect the other drive back up, then unRAID them first before disconnecting it.

Staring at page 63 in your motherboard's manual (PDF file link) may help more on the setup options though.

Intel does have a newer RAID driver available though for it that may help it run better in RAID if you wanted to try it.

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sear...Board+D975XBX2
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01 Dec 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I don't think I want to mess with the Raid mirror ... I just want to disable the controller so it will stop looking for the second hard drive.
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01 Dec 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Jacee, how can it have a RAID mirror if there is only one HD?

Doesn't it have to be un-RAIDed?

Just askin.
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01 Dec 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

That's what I don't know gregrocker ... I used the word 'mirror' because that's what the second hard drive was supposed to do from the first hard drive. It never worked right.

The latest driver looks like it's for a floppy drive, which I don't have.

I told the computer builder I didn't need a floppy drive, so he took it out after setting up my machine! I have the original floppys (2 of them), but they aren't doing me any good. One is a Marvell SATA Controller and the other is Intel Matrix storage technology Raid Driver
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01 Dec 2009   #9
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01 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
I don't think I want to mess with the Raid mirror ... I just want to disable the controller so it will stop looking for the second hard drive.
The board has an Intel 975X chipset, plus a Marvell 88SE61XX secondary SATA controller. Which one were you using with your RAID 1 setup?

I guess that you can disable the secondary SATA in the BIOS settings: Advanced menu, Peripheral Configuration submenu.

I've never broken a RAID 1 array like that. I know that when drives are added to an array, the data on them are lost. Be sure to back up your disk (separately from the second drive in the RAID pair), just in case your experiments lead to data loss.
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