If you decide to configure a bootable Windows 2000 SATA RAID mirror on this system using the onboard NVIDIA RAID, be prepared for an unconventional installation.
First, as NVIDIA says, in Windows 2000 SP2 or previous the end user cannot install this operating system to a bootable RAID volume. There is a work around to this, however.
This work around works for both W2K Pro and Server. Here are the steps:
NOTE: I flashed my BIOS to version 1006 first. I don't know that it's required.
1. In Setup, go to Advanced/Chipset/Onboard Devices.
2. Be sure all RAID options are off. Be sure the "Internal SATA IDE Interface" option is turned on.
3. Boot to your W2K installation disks. DO NOT USE F6 to install any drivers!
4. Install W2K in the usual fashion.
5. Install your K8N-E chipset and NIC drivers.
6. I installed the latest IE service pack but it's optional at this point.
7. Either download W2K SP4 from the website to another shared folder on another machine and do a network install, or download and install it directly to your K8N-E.
8. Reboot the system.
9. Press DEL as the system is rebooting to enter the setup.
10. Go to Advanced/Chipset/Onboard Devices and enable "RAID Option ROM".
11. Enable "Third Master As RAID" for the W2K drive, as well as "Fourth Master As RAID".
12. Press F10 to exit and save settings in the system BIOS. System reboots.
13. Press F10 as system is booting up to go into the NVIDIA RAID Utility.
14. Select Striping under RAID Mode.
15. Tab to Free Disk menu and select ONLY the W2K drive.
16. Press F7 to finish.
17. Select N (NO) when asked to Clear Disk Data.
18. Press Ctrl-X to exit. System will reboot into Windows 2000.
19. Install the NVIDIA Chipset Drivers (again) from the CD while in W2K.
20. Reboot. You'll see the RAID being detected and installed by Windows.
21. Go to START>Programs>Nvidia Corporation and select NVRAID Manager. You will see the single disk RAID array in striping mode at the top of the right hand pane.
22. Select the single boot disk RAID Array by clicking on it.
23. Select Convert Array under System Tasks in the left hand pane. The Convert Array wizard is displayed.
24. Select Next.
25. Select the desired type of RAID array you want to convert, e.g. MIRROR.
26. Select Next.
27. You are prompted to select the desired Free Disk(s) to add to the bootable RAID array.
28. Click Finish.
29. At this point, NVRAID starts converting the single disk RAID array into a multi-disk RAID array in a bootable format. NOTE: DO NOT EXIT THE NVIDIA RAID MANAGER!!! Conversion may take 1-2 hours depending on disk size. You can tell the conversion status by clicking on the array in the right hand pane. The percentage completed will appear in the lower left of the left hand pane.