I'm trying to breathe new life into an old P3 450 machine 440BX chipset.\n\nUsual problems, unrecoverable 8G drive limit, only ATA66 and very\nmemory fussy. I've managed to upgrade to 256M ram and got an IT8212\nPCI Raid card to expand the drive capacity.\n\nI had expected to boot from a small old drive and keep the main capacity\non the IDE card; I have no interest in raid. Curiosity was peeked however\nwhen it appeared that the IT8212 card has a bios (scsi?) and can allegedly\nbe a boot device so I now hope to bin the slow old drive & boot from the\nplug-in card (without creating a proprietary raid system).\n\nPlugging a bootable W98 drive into the raid card results in an 'Invalid\nSystem Disk' message and plugging an XP system disk gives 'NTLDR is\nmissing' error - different messages. Both partitions are primary dos &\nactive. W98 drive has the IT8212 drivers installed.\n\nBooting from the mobo ide gives full access to the raid card drive and\nbooting from a floppy allows fdisk & format /s of that drive. System can\nthen boot to dos from that drive, data can then be read from but not written\nto that drive.\n\nBefore I move into deep searches on whether I will be able to create a non-\nproprietary boot system with this setup, has anyone tried this, am I\nflogging a dead hoss?