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Posted:1/7/2009 3:08:00 AM # 1
I'm in the process of building my first computer and am a bit confused about setting the proper RAID configuration.

What I want to do is setup a RAID 0 configuration using two WD 750 gig drives (these will be my secondary storage for all of my files, photos, etc.).  I want to use my WD Velociraptor 300 gig drive as the primary boot drive.

In addition to the HDD's above I have purchased the following components:

ASUS P6T Deluxe Mobo
Intel core i7 920 CPU
OCZ3X1333LV3GK RAM (3 gig triple channel)
EVGA GeForce GTA 280 Video Card
Silverstone ST1000w PSU
Windows XP Professional with SP3

I know I have to use the F6 command when starting the Windows install so that I can install the ICH10R AHCIRAID drivers.

My question is what about the VelociRaptor drive?  Since it is not going on any RAID setup do I still have to install another driver for it through the F6 function?

What about BIOS setup for the above three drives?  Do I need to make changes in the BIOS prior to installing Windows to accomodate the RAID drives as well as the separate drive.

Any help would be appreciated.

Bill P.

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Hiker
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Posted:1/7/2009 3:15:00 AM # 2

Hi Plesha

Here are the answers to your questions.
RAID - Questions and Answers

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Posted:1/7/2009 6:17:00 AM # 3
Hiker,

Thank you.  That link helped a lot, but if you don't mind I still have a question.

The information in the link explained how to set up the OS on the RAID 0 array.  I want to install my OS on the single non-RAID drive and use my RAID drives for storage only.

Do I still first go into BIOS and set the SATA as RAID then save it and reboot and then press Ctrl-l to enter the Intel Matrix Storage Manager option and create my RAID volume?

Then when BIOS starts up again can I set my boot priority as DVD first, single drive second?

Now at this point would it now be best to shut down the computer and disconnect the RAID drives before rebooting with the Win CD installation installed so that I am assured of installing the OS on my single drive?

Would the above be a good procedure to follow?

Thanks Again,

Bill P.

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Posted:1/7/2009 6:34:00 AM # 4
You could install the OS with only the system drive attached. Then, after your OS and driver  install, power off, attach the drives, boot, build the RAID array, and then go to the OS and format it.

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Posted:1/7/2009 9:20:00 AM # 5
Have similar issue.  Installed 3 WD 640's with Storage Configuration set to non-RAID or IDE.  OS (Vista 64 Ultimate) was then copied to drive 0.  System then booted fine.  I subsequently went back into BIOS Storage Configuration and set it to RAID.  Then used CNTL I to set drive 1 and 2 each to RAID with Drive 0 remaining Non-RAID.  Problem is there doesn't appear to be any way to then boot from the non-RAID drive.  When you go to set boot drive priority, it only shows the RAID drive as an option (seems to be tied to the Storage Configuration setting with no override capability to select the non-RAID drive).

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Posted:1/8/2009 8:43:00 AM # 6

If you are only going to use a 2 drive RAID 0 or RAID 1 for data storage why not set up your RAID on the SAS controller? SAS is backward to SATA so you can run your SATA drives on the SAS controller.

I have a 65GB SSD for the OS, a 500GB Seagate, and a 1TB Seagate running on the SATA controller and 2 SAS drives in RAID 0 on the SAS controller and everybody is all playing happy together.

Alan

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Posted:1/9/2009 10:59:00 AM # 7
I've read that if you have SAS RAID then the SATA configuration must be IDE. Is this true?
I currently have three SATA drives (500GB system drive, DVD burner and 1TB data), and have the BIOS configuration set to AHCI. I want to add a 2nd 1TB drive and configure them as RAID1, but I don't want to have to re-install everything (too many packages not only have keys, but require online 'activation' :-P

I've already confirmed that Vista-64 won't boot if I switch the SATA configuration from AHCI -> RAID. Vista boots if I set it to IDE, but do I lose anything (performance, etc) by doing that?

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Posted:1/9/2009 2:04:00 PM # 8
I have my SATA set up as ACHI with a 2 SATA1 devices and 2 SATA2 devices. Then have 2 SAS drives on the SAS controller. I have seen on a Vista forum to set SATA devices to IDE unless configuring for RAID, then set to ACHI. Never saw an explanation for why, just said "Do it". Whatever...I am running fine with SATA set to ACHI and SAS controller running RAID 0. Haven't run any benchmarks, but this system is so far beyond my Pentium 4 with 100GB IDE drive that I wouldn't notice if it's not 100% optimized. It's solid and fast ... that's good enough for me. Alan

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