The First Things You Need to Know About SCSI-RAID Drives
As one of the most efficient, secure, and even fast ways to store and manage the data that is on your computer, SCSI-RAID drives are arguably the best method to handle your data. A relatively new development in hard drive technology, SCSI-RAID interfaces tend to demand more from your computer than a normal hard drive would.
SCSI, or Small Computer System Interface, is the standard interface by which all contemporary hard drives are designed. RAID, or Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks, are a configuration of multiple SCSI devices strung together. SCSI-RAID drives essentially function by linking multiple, identical hard drives together and, depending on how they are set up, allow for very fast data recovery rates, or for a great deal of data redundancy, which practically guarantees that it remains safe in the event of a crash.
Like other hard drives and, indeed, almost all of the devices on your computer, SCSI-RAID depend on a small piece of software called a device driver in order to function.
So What Does a SCSI-RAID Driver Do?
Just like with other device drivers, the driver for SCSI-RAID devices serves as a set of instructions for your computer for how to interact with SCSI-RAID devices. They inform your computer how to encode and decode the data as it passes to and from your devices, and the drivers tell your computer where to look for the data on the drives themselves.
One way to consider how the driver governing a SCSI-RAID device functions is to imagine a musician with an instrument. Consider the computer as the musician, and the SCSI-RAID device the instrument - and their music the device driver. In order for the computer, or the musician, to play the instrument, or device effectively, they must possess the correct music, or device driver.
However, just like a musician that doesn’t play the correct music can sound terrible, a computer using a device with a faulty, outdated, or broken driver can function quite terribly as well.
What Can Happen if Your SCSI-RAID Device Drivers Become Outdated or Broken?
A wide variety of effects can occur should your SCSI-RAID device drivers become outdated, corrupted, or faulty. These system impacts range from the mildly irritating to irreversible and critical data loss which could culminate in total system failure. Because of all of the problems associated with device driver failures, it is important to keep them up to date and working correctly at all times.
More specifically, should your SCSI-RAID device drivers become outdated, you may first notice significantly slower data retrieval speeds from your drives. Depending on the nature of the error, you may not be able to access the drive at all until the driver is updated, and there is also a possibility that all of the data on the drive could be lost.
Hopefully, before anything terrible happens to your computer and your data, you will receive an error message. Some possible SCSI-RAID device driver error messages include:
- Code 10: The device cannot start.
- Code 3: The driver for this device might be corrupted, or your system may be running low on memory or other resources.
- Code 16: Windows cannot identify all the resources this device uses.
If you’re lucky, Windows, or whatever operating system you are using, will actually tell you what device is provoking the device driver error. Unfortunately, users are often left in the dark to search the Internet for solutions. Thankfully, there are some.
In such a case, and when you're searching for a very specific driver such as: Siliconimage Sil 0680/0680A IDE/RAID Raid 126.96.36.199 Winxp 64/2003 64/VISTA 64 driver - rather than trying to find & download the driver from unknown sources, we recommend using a professional driver update utility to save time and keep you on the safe side. Even though there is no guarantee that this specific driver will be found using a driver update utility – the scan process is very fast and user friendly, and you might as well find other drivers that needs to be updated on your computer to make the most out of it.
How Can I Keep My Device Drivers Functioning Correctly?
There are two ways that users can make sure that their device drivers are functioning correctly: the manual way and the automated way. We’ll explain how both of them work, and allow you to decide which works better for you.
In order to update your drivers manually, first open Device Manager, and locate the device you wish to update. Then, note the release date of the driver that is currently installed, and navigate to the web site of the manufacturer of the device. Find the driver for your device, and see if it was released more recently than the driver currently installed. If so, go ahead and download it, uninstall the old driver, install the new one, and then reboot your computer. In order to update all of the drivers on your computer, of which there can be several dozen, repeat this process for each device found in Device Manager.
If this sounds like a tedious and time-consuming process, that’s because it is - and it can take a very long time. And this is just the process to update, not repair, your drivers! While keeping them updated is the best way to make sure they don’t become broken, it won’t help if you can’t access your data or the Internet.
Alternatively, you could install software like Driver Genius, which will automatically download and install all relevant drivers for your computer. Further, it will fix broken drivers, meaning that you’ll never have another faulty device driver again.
Is There a Way to Avoid Device Driver Problems?
There is, and it relies on users updating their drivers on a regular basis. This process can either be done manually, as explained above, or more easily done using Driver Genius. Regardless, the best way to prevent future driver problems is to not let them fail in the first place - and the best way to do that is to update them regularly.
What About Third Party Drivers?
Third party device drivers should never be installed under any circumstances. There are two reasons for this. The first reason is that it is highly unlikely that any developer but the original could write a device driver as effectively as the original developer. This is because the original will have an advanced understanding of how the device works. The second reason is because rogue developers often attempt to sneak in viruses, spyware, or other types of malware into device drivers.
Thankfully, Driver Genius installs only officially licensed device drivers.
So What Can Driver Genius Do For You?
- Driver Genius can save you both trouble and time: By dealing with driver issues long before they start, Driver Genius will save you all of the money you may have had to spend at the computer repair shop, as well as saving you the hassle of having to deal with a driver issue when you don’t have the time to do so. As most of us know, computer problems are much more likely to occur the more badly you need to use your computer - Driver Genius will make sure that these problems are never driver related.
- Driver Genius is fast: By automatically installing, updating, and maintaining the device drivers found on your computer, Driver Genius will save you the time and energy required to manually maintain a full library of device drivers.
- Driver Genius will save you a great deal of money: One of the most common reasons that computers end up in repair shops is due to driver issues, and while these can be relatively easy to repair for experienced technicians, that won’t stop them from charging you an arm and a leg to repair. Why not cut them out of the process, and let Driver Genius fix your driver issues for you?