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    Default Re: Z68 Extreme4: can I add RAID 10 to existing IDE system?

    I would just to be on the safe side.

    In the Intel Raid software you should see all 4 drives listed then the array next to them in a box diagram. When you click on the raid array it should say that it is raid10 and somewhere along the left there should be a option to Initialize. This process will take a while possibly over night, my 4tb raid10 took I believe 26hrs. If the system crashes the controller will do a check on the drives which should take just as long but it will do it in the background.

    The Initialize process I believe this is what sets up the raid1 part of the raid10 (raid10 is raid0+1 or raid1+0 I think intel uses raid0+1 you will see this on boot up when showing the raid rom). There is no way to tell that the data is being mirrored to the other 2 drives that I am aware of other then physical unplugging one of the drives.
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    Default Re: Z68 Extreme4: can I add RAID 10 to existing IDE system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebmxer View Post
    I would just to be on the safe side.

    In the Intel Raid software you should see all 4 drives listed then the array next to them in a box diagram. When you click on the raid array it should say that it is raid10 and somewhere along the left there should be a option to Initialize. This process will take a while possibly over night, my 4tb raid10 took I believe 26hrs. If the system crashes the controller will do a check on the drives which should take just as long but it will do it in the background.
    Ok, I deleted the partition and rebooted but nothing changed. When I open Intel Rapid Storage Technology app, the information for the drives remained the same. It still listed it as an Array with all 4 drives in it but it did not specifically state RAID10. However, during bootup, when I enter the RAID BIOS, it did list the volume as RAID0+1 (IIRC). I then created another simple partition like I did before and it used quick format. It didn't take long to do, either. Only a minute or so.

    The Initialize process I believe this is what sets up the raid1 part of the raid10 (raid10 is raid0+1 or raid1+0 I think intel uses raid0+1 you will see this on boot up when showing the raid rom). There is no way to tell that the data is being mirrored to the other 2 drives that I am aware of other then physical unplugging one of the drives.
    Where is the Initialize process located? I don't believe I saw it anywhere, unless I'm looking in the wrong areas.

    EDIT: Ok, I realized what had happened. My IRST drivers weren't up to date. After I updated them, I now see all the information you were talking about and, yes, my drives are listed as RAID10. I'm also seeing correct information (such as drive sizes, NCQ enabled, transfer rates, etc).

    I'm initializing right now. Once that is complete, what's next?
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    Default Re: Z68 Extreme4: can I add RAID 10 to existing IDE system?

    Glad to here you got it straightened out.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Odin View Post
    I'm initializing right now. Once that is complete, what's next?
    Ummm... Run some benchmarks, though some data on there and sit back and enjoy raid10 Maybe even have one of these Then maybe run some benchmarks one you have some data on there.


    Last thing even thought raid10 has 2 back up drives its still a 50/50 chance (not exact figures) of 2 drives failing at once and losing all your data so also have a back up plan in place. Which reminds me I have to get my back up going again.
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    Default Re: Z68 Extreme4: can I add RAID 10 to existing IDE system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebmxer View Post
    Glad to here you got it straightened out.



    Ummm... Run some benchmarks, though some data on there and sit back and enjoy raid10 Maybe even have one of these Then maybe run some benchmarks one you have some data on there.


    Last thing even thought raid10 has 2 back up drives its still a 50/50 chance (not exact figures) of 2 drives failing at once and losing all your data so also have a back up plan in place. Which reminds me I have to get my back up going again.
    Awesome! I've got an external HDD as well, that I'll be using as a backup. So my data should be more than covered.

    Thank you so much for your help! It's been top-notch all the way!

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    Default Re: Z68 Extreme4: can I add RAID 10 to existing IDE system?

    Your welcome. Glad to hear everything is working now.

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