VIA ver 3.00b Serial ATA RAID Controller Driver

Supported chips VIA VT8237, VT6410, VT6420, VT6421 South Bridges

supported OS: DOS, Windows NT4.0, 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Server 2003

News source: Via Arena

Download: The advanced VIA DriveStation™ V-RAID Controller is featured in the VT8237 South Bridge, currently (August 2003) shipping with most KT600 chipset mainboards and all KT880, K8T800, K8T800Pro and PT800 chipset mainboards. If you are not sure what South Bridge chip is featured on your motherboard, please check your manual. The VT6410, VT6420 and VT6421 Serial RAID controllers also utilise the same driver package.

The VT8237 native Serial RAID solution enables users to benefit from the performance and data security benefits of a high-end RAID system, but without the normally complicated setup procedures. Users do, however, need to have a basic understanding of RAID and how it works in order to be able to chose the best set up for their requirements and in order to be able to understand the set up procedures.

If you have prior experience with RAID or you believe that you understand the concepts of RAID enough to set up your new SATA RAID configuration, please download the drivers in the table above. If you need further information first, please keep reading this page. This article on RAID is also useful to understand the concepts of RAID. We also have an informative yet amusing little movie about the VIA Drive Station which can be a light-hearted introduction to the technology. And finally, if you’re interested to know how the controller performs compared with other RAID solutions, please read this article.

V-RAID supports a complete range of RAID Level 0, RAID Level 1, RAID Level 0+1, and JBOD configurations

There are two methods for setting up SATA RAID on a motherboard with the VT8237 South Bridge:

Option One:

Set up the system with essential components only (no sound cards or additional peripherals that are not required at the time of installing the Operating system)
Plug in your two SATA drives
Place your Windows CD in the CD-rom and a floppy disc with the VIA driver above in the floppy drive
Boot the system and after the option to enter BIOS, Press the Tab key to enter user window
Create your RAID array
Exit and your system will detect the Windows installation disc in the CD-rom and will begin to load the installation program. At the first Blue Screen prompt “Press F6 to install 3rd Party RAID Controller Software”
Follow the instructions. It will detect the driver disc in the floppy drive and install the VIA driver
Continue with the Windows installation
After the Windows installation, install the driver again by running the setup.exe file. By running it again from Windows the V-RAID tool will become available so that you can monitor or change your RAID array set up from within Windows

Option Two:

Set up the system with essential components only (no sound cards or additional peripherals that are not required at the time of installing the Operating system)
Plug in a Parallel ATA drive
Install Windows
Install the driver above
Plug in your two Serial ATA Drives you intend to set up in RAID
Use the V-RAID Tool to set up RAID in the configuration of your choice
Partition and format the hard drive

Note: SATA HDD hot-plug is not supported by DOS, Windows NT4.0, 98SE and ME


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