I think I can now safely say that it is a BIOS problem.
I managed to install Windows Server 2008 to a USB disk, and can now use all the drives on the system, but STILL, within Windows the IDE is not detected.
The only way to have access to all drives at the same time is to boot using the emergency boot procedure (switch off, press and hold pin next to LAN ports, restart but hold the power button down until it goes orange, then release both buttons ->This will boot directly from USB only). However, upon any next normal boot, the IDE dissappears. The same happens when I boot off BartPE, WinPE, and WinXP.
I think if Intel would get around to it, it should be fixed by a BIOS update.
i'm faced with the same annoying problem.
I want to install WHS but my drive plugged into IDE/PATA isn't visible at the installation routine..only in BIOS.
Unfortunately Intel hasn't release a firmware update for our SS4200-E(HW) until today which will fix this problem.
When i install my WHS drive over SATA and then plug it into IDE/PATA it will crash with a blue screen while boot.
It will boot only one time if i use the emergency boot procedure.
But the IDE port is the only useful port for WHS on SS4200 cause WHS won't run on SATA/RAID5 with >2TB as bootable device.
Did anyone managed this problem until today?
best regards and thanks in advance, André
Intel hasen't, but you should be able to. The EMC software used in the E SKU is a propritary Linux kernel based operating system. The motherboard in the SS4200 is a generic 945 based chipset motherboard. You can get technical details for both the E and EHW (minus the DOM) in the SS4200-E TPS here: