Ticket #1873 (closed defect: fixed)
Disk access errors when using secondary SATA disk under Windows XP SP2.
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Host is Slackware Linux 12.0, running kernel 188.8.131.52 SMP.
Guest is Windows XP SP2. Primary (OS) disk is IDE, Second disk is SATA formatted NTFS with default options. Both disks are configured as expanding.
I have installed SATA drivers from Intel, as specified in this thread. http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?t=7177
I found several "Delayed write failed" messages, so I switched off the delayed write feature of the SATA driver in XP. This improved things, but still I got disk errors which resulted in the second drive (Drive D:) disappearing.
I have plenty of space available on the host drive (>70GB), and the system has been working flawlessly otherwise. Second disk is 5.7GB in size (on the disk) and maximum size has been set to 11GB.
Please note that you really have to hammer the system to reproduce this. I set going a 3-hour compilation, and it failed after approximately two hours, so this might be an obscure one to track down, but it's definitely there, and for a production environment it's a show-stopper. The IDE controller doesn't seem to suffer the same problems, and I've been using that for similar builds for months now.
If the intel SATA drivers are the wrong ones to be using, then it would be very good if this could be made clear, perhaps with the docs suggesting an alternative?