I have an old computer I'm repurposing into a NAS (with FreeNAS 8)
I've got a 4-port Sata RAID card, with 4x2TB sata drives, and a 40GB laptop-sized Sata drive (which originally came out of my PS3) (5 drives total)
Obviously I want the 4 large hard drives on the RAID card, so I thought i'd get a SATA to IDE converter for the OS hard drive.
The only thing is, when installing FreeNAS (from an IDE CD drive running on the other mobo IDE port) it will get up to a certain percentage (changes every time, anywhere between 1-20%) and will 'freeze up'. After a couple of seconds, FreeNAS will say successfull installlation, and tells me to restart and remove the CD.
As you might have guessed, FreeNAS in fact did NOT install correctly.
There are a few things that I've run through to try and diagnose any problems
- Unplugged the other drives from power/raid card, so it is just the OS drive (on the IDE to SATA converter and the CD drive. (No change)
- Swapped the IDE ports for CD drive/ SATA converter (No change)
- Burnt and tried another FreeNAS disk (No change)
- Changed CD drives to another (known working) drive (No change)
- Ran the OS drive through the RAID card (worked perfectly, and boots fine when connected here, except when moving it back FreeNAS fails to boot due to the different configuration)
Which leaves me with the questions:
- Is there any other reason that i've missed that might be causing this issue?
- How reliable are these types of converters? Do I just have a faulty one?
- Did I blow $30 on a SATA to IDE card when I should've just gotten another RAID card?
EDIT: Added some more info
- The hard drive is recognised correctly in the BIOS, and by freeNAS when installing (otherwise how could it start installing)
- The system attempts to boot from the hard drive, and gets so far as to look for the bootloader file, but can't find it and sits there with a