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Hot Rod 100 Pro User’s Manual

 

 

 

Index

CHAPTER 1.

THE INTRODUCTION OF HOT ROD 100 PRO

 

 

FEATURES ............................................................

1-1

1-1.FEATURES OF THIS IDE RAID CONTROLLER CARD ...............

1-1

1-2.SPECIFICATIONS ......................................................................

1-2

1-3.

LAYOUT DIAGRAM..................................................................

1-4

1-4.INTRODUCTION OF ULTRA ATA/100.......................................

1-5

1-5.REQUIREMENTS FOR ATTAINING ULTRA ATA/100 .................

1-6

CHAPTER 2.

HARDWARE INSTALLATION..........................

2-1

2-1.

INSTALLING THE HOT ROD 100 PRO .......................................

2-1

2-2.CONNECTING HARD DRIVES....................................................

2-2

CHAPTER 3. BIOS SETTING UTILITY ...................................

3-1

3-1.

SET MOTHERBOARD CMOS SETUP.........................................

3-1

3-2.

ENTER THE BIOS SETTING MENU ...........................................

3-1

3-3.

CREATE RAID ........................................................................

3-2

3-4.

DELETE RAID.........................................................................

3-3

3-5.DUPLICATE MIRROR DISK .......................................................

3-4

3-6.CREATE SPARE DISK ...............................................................

3-5

3-7.REMOVE SPARE DISK ..............................................................

3-5

3-8.SET DRIVE MODE ....................................................................

3-5

3-9.

SELECT BOOT DISK .................................................................

3-6

CHAPTER 4.

SOFTWARE INSTALLATION ...........................

4-1

4-1.

DOS INSTALLATION................................................................

4-1

4-2.WINDOWS 9X INSTALLATION ..................................................

4-1

4-3.

WINDOWS NT 4.0 INSTALLATION ...........................................

4-5

4-4.

WINDOWS 2000 INSTALLATION ..............................................

4-9

APPENDIX A. THE INTRODUCTION OF RAID ........................

A-1

APPENDIX B. BIOS FLASHING USER INSTRUCTIONS .........

B-1

APPENDIX C. HOT ROD UTILITY INSTRUCTIONS.................

C-1

MN-197-2A0-31

Rev. 1.00

APPENDIX D. TROUBLE SHOOTING (NEED ASSISTANCE?) ...D-1

APPENDIX E. HOW TO GET TECHNICAL SUPPORT .............

E-1

Hot Rod 100 Pro

Introduction of Hot Rod 100 Pro Features

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Chapter 1. The Introduction of Hot Rod 100 Pro

Features

1-1.Features of This IDE RAID Controller Card

This IDE RAID controller card provides two IDE hard drive connectors that support the latest Ultra ATA/100 (Also known as Ultra DMA/100) hard drives with the data transfer rate of 100MB/sec. It is also backward compatible with Ultra ATA/66, Ultra ATA/33, Enhanced IDE, and Fast ATA-2.Each IDE connector supports a master/slave combination of any IDE device, including IDE, EIDE andUltra-ATAstandards.

The Hot Rod 100 Pro includes EZRAID for boosting disk performance and data protection. The EZRAID function supports Striping (RAID 0), Mirroring (RAID 1), or Striping/Mirroring (RAID 0+1) operation. For Striping operation, the identical drives can read and write data in parallel to increase performance. The Mirroring operation increases read performance through load balancing and elevator sorting while creating a complete backup of your files. Striping with Mirroring operation offers both high read/write performance and fault tolerance. The EZRAID function of the Hot Rod 100 Pro offers quick and easy installation and configuration.

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1-2.Specifications

1.Chipset

!HPT370 Ultra DMA 100 IDE controller

2.BUS

!PCI

3.Specification

!Ultra DMA 100MB/sec data transfer rate

!RAID 0 (stripping mode for boosting performance)

!RAID 1 (mirroring mode for data security)

!RAID 0 + 1 (stripping and mirroring)

!Two independent ATA channels

!256 Byte FIFO per ATA channels

!Compliant with Plug & Play

!Up to 4 IDE devices supported

4.Drive Modes Support

!Ultra 5/4/3/2/1/0

!PIO 4/3/2/1/0

!DMA 2/1/0

5.BIOS Support

!Friendly UI for RAID functions settings

!Auto detects and supports Ultra Mode(ATA/EIDE) transfers

!Recognizes drives up to 128 GB

6.Operating System Supports

!Microsoft DOS 5.X and above

!Microsoft Windows 95/98

!Microsoft Windows 2000

!Microsoft Windows NT4.0

!ABIT Gentus 2.0 or later version (Linux)

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Introduction of Hot Rod 100 Pro Features

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Table 1-1:Hot Rod 100 Pro specifications

 

Bus:

PCI

 

Drive Transfer Rate:

100MB/sec burst w/Ultra ATA/100 devices

 

Number of Supporting Drives: 4

 

Drive Modes:

Ultra DMA mode 5/4/3/2/1/0

 

 

DMA mode 2/1/0

 

 

PIO mode 4/3/2/1/0

 

Devices:

ATAPI Hard Drives

 

Operating Systems:

Microsoft DOS 5.X and above

 

 

Microsoft Windows 95/98

 

 

Microsoft Windows 2000

 

 

Microsoft Windows NT4.0

 

 

ABIT Gentus 2.0 (Linux)

 

BIOS:

1MB Flash ROM

 

 

Auto ID/Configure

 

 

Max. Storage: 128GB

 

 

Supports ACPI function

 

Hardware:

Bus mastering

 

 

Triple data channels (all DMA 33/66/100)

 

Utilities:

ABIT Vivid Installation

 

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1-3.Layout Diagram

Figure 2-1:Hot Rod 100 Pro controller card component locations

Hot Rod 100 Pro

Introduction of Hot Rod 100 Pro Features

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1-4.Introduction of Ultra ATA/100

Ultra ATA/100 enhances existing Ultra ATA/66 technology by increasing both performance and data integrity. This new high-speedinterface enhances the Ultra ATA/66 and Ultra/33 burst data transfer rate to 100 Mbytes/sec. The result is maximum disc performance using the current PCI local bus environment. Figure2-2shows you the difference between the Ultra ATA/33 and Ultra ATA/66 Cable.

Figure 2-2:The difference between Ultra ATA/33 and Ultra ATA/66 Conductor Cables

In order to achieve the Ultra ATA100 transfer speed you must have a system which supports Ultra ATA/100 and equipped with, an Ultra ATA HDD, and Ultra ATA/66 cable. The correct drivers must be loaded and an Ultra ATA/66 specific data cable must be used.

The Ultra ATA/66 cables use a Cable Select method rather than a Master / Slave scheme. The drive must be jumped to enable Cable Select. The Boot drive (C:) is attached to the connector on the end of the cable and the second drive is attached to the middle connector. If an Ultra ATA/66 specific cable is not used, the drive will default to Ultra

ATA/33 mode.

Figure 2-3:Photo of an

Ultra ATA/66 Cable

Figure 2-3shows you a photo of an Ultra ATA/66 Conductor Cable. An Ultra ATA/66 cable is a40-pin,80conductor cable with a black connector on one end, a blue connector on the other end and a gray connector in the middle. The additional 40 wires are ground lines that reduce the crosstalk caused by theelectro-magneticfields that build up duringhigh-speeddata transfers. In addition, line 34 on the cable should be notched or cut (this may be difficult to see).

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Ultra ATA/100 is backwards compatible with all Ultra ATA/33/66 systems, but it will be limited in its transfer mode to Ultra ATA/33/66 (Ultra DMA Mode 2 - 33 Mbytes/sec or Ultra DMA Mode 2 - 66 Mbytes/sec) or PIO Mode 4 (16.6 Mbytes/sec). The Ultra ATA/100 hard drives are 100 percent backward compatible with both Ultra ATA/33/66, DMA and with existing ATA (IDE) hard drives, CD-ROMdrives, and host systems. The Ultra ATA/100 protocol and commands are designed to be compatible with existing ATA (IDE) devices and systems. Although a new40-pin,80-conductorcable is required for Ultra ATA/100, the chip set pin connector remains the same at 40. Hard drives that support Ultra ATA/100 also support Ultra ATA/33/66 and legacy ATA (IDE) specifications.

1-5.Requirements for Attaining Ultra ATA/100

There are four requirements for attaining Ultra ATA/100:

1.The drive must support Ultra ATA/100.

2.The motherboard and system BIOS (or an add-incontroller) must support Ultra ATA/100.

3.The operating system must support Direct Memory Access (DMA); Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 98, and Windows 95B (OSR2) support DMA.

4.The cable must be 80-conductor;the length should not exceed 18 inches.

If all the above requirements are met, you can enjoy the Ultra ATA/100 features of your computer system.

Note

For obtaining the performance of Hot Rod 100 Pro, please use the Ultra ATA/66 cable that comes with the package.

Hot Rod 100 Pro