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Windows 7: Promise Sata and Windows 7

10 Nov 2012   #1
Parvardigar

32 Pro
 
 
Promise Sata and Windows 7

I may have blundered.
I have in the art department four HP xw8200 workstations windows 7 64bit.
I wanted to add two additional hard drives. I read the HP forums and the recommended Sata card was the Promise Sata 150 tx4. I bought four of them. I install the first card into the first xw8200. Connected the sata cable to the extra hard drive. Upon boot I got forced into a fast build (ctrl+f) or a reboot. If I did a fast build I got the menu for array and so forth. I didnít want to create an array. I only wanted the extra hard drives to be added so that I would have four hard drives. I rebooted into Windows 7. In device manager the device was listed as "other" and the device was not supported.

The second machine there was no prompting on boot. In Windows 7 the device was not listed in device manager. And the extra hard drive was not detected. Same computers - same sata cards - different experiences.

I then look around for a Windows 7 driver. Nothing. On the Microsoft compatibility list only one Promise the 'FASTTRAKTX4200'and the compatiblity site did not list the Promise Sata 150.

I donít know what to do. The first machine finds it when the computer powers up. The second computer finds nothing.

Is there a solution with the Promise Sata 150? There are Windows Server 2003 drives on the HP site...or do I need to find four replacements using Microsoftís compatibility list for a PCI Sata card?

Thanks



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10 Nov 2012   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I don't know if this will help. Please read through it.
http://firstweb.promise.com/support/...ory=all&os=100
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10 Nov 2012   #3
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

I think that the SATA 150 TX4 cards don't have Windows 7 drivers.

I have no recommendations for an alternative. A quick Newegg search yields:

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Hard Drives, Controllers / RAID Cards, PCI, 2 x SATA 150, 4 x SATA 150, 4 x SATA II, SATA II (3.0Gb/s), 2 x SATA II, ...

Some of these may have Win7 X64 drivers.

Warning: I get malware alerts when I visit the driver download site for Syba. I wonder if their site has been compromised.
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11 Nov 2012   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thanks for the Warning bobkn.
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11 Nov 2012   #5
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Hi,
These drivers work on Windows 7 64 bit and 32 bit, I know I actually had that card in use until yesterday when I added a 1.5 TB drive and retired several smaller drives. To install the drivers use device manage and browse to where you extracted the files and choose either 64 bit or 32 bit.


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11 Nov 2012   #6
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Indianatone View Post
Hi,
These drivers work on Windows 7 64 bit and 32 bit, I know I actually had that card in use until yesterday when I added a 1.5 TB drive and retired several smaller drives. To install the drivers use device manage and browse to where you extracted the files and choose either 64 bit or 32 bit.
Just out of curiosity, I downloaded the drivers. They appear to be from 2005 or before. If memory serves, Vista was released in January of 2007.

I'm impressed that these drivers work under 7. (No sarcasm or skepticism is intended.)
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11 Nov 2012   #7
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 and numerous virtual machines
 
 

I suppose it is a case of if it aint broke don't fix it. Had it running in my computer on Windows XP, and Windows 7 both 32 and 64 bits for years. The bios of the card I updated in 2004. I know that as it tells me that as it is loaded during boot time. I think I got the card as the original motherboard I had did not have any SATA ports. Many builds ago...
That explains why there are no new drivers, there is no need.
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