Drive Configuration Question

Drive Configuration Question

Post by Nigel » Fri, 18 Feb 2005 01:42:04

I'm planning on building a new system around an Intel 865 PERL motherboard.
The system will contain two hard drives, each in a removable rack tray.
Rack-1 will always contain a system drive, while rack-2 will also have a
system drive but sometimes a backup drive (each drive in its own removable
tray so the backup drive, and the secondary system drive, can be swapped).
Since the racks have a key switch to power on and off, I would like to
select a system by switching on just one of the racks, leaving the other
turned off. That way one user could use rack-1 for his system, while
another user could use rack 2 - completely independent systems.

Right now I'm leaning towards using the motherboard's two SATA channels for
this purpose. If possible, I would set the BIOS boot priority as follows:
DVD-ROM - SATA 1- SATA 2. That way if there's no bootable optical disc, it
will check for an active drive in rack-1, if that's turned off it will boot
from rack-2. My question is, will this work? I don't know if the 865PERL
can even boot-prioritize SATA drives. I like SATA because I think it will
be more forgiving if someone forgets to leave a rack turned off, or someone
pulls the drive out while powered on (since these racks are hot-swappable).
Then again, even the powered off drive will still be physically connected to
the SATA header, would that confuse the system?

My alternatives are to use PATA in a cable select configuration, hoping that
the PC can boot from a system drive connected as the slave. Or I can use an
external USB drive as the secondary system and have a boot priority of
DVD-ROM - SATA1 (or PATA) - USB When doing image backups both racks need to
be powered on, so I have to allow for that too. Any help is greatly

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