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    Default About to install RAID on UD3P, quick checklist

    Okay, I've never tried to RAID hard drives before, but I want to try it out.

    I've backed up all my data on an external HD. I'm using the Gigabyte EP45-UD3P. 2 WD CB 500's. Vista 64.

    From what I've read:

    I need to download the Intel ICH9R/ICH10R SATA RAID Driver from Gigabyte's website. Save it to a USB drive (don't need floppy b/c of Vista, I think).

    Switch to RAID option in BIOS. Restart, hit cntrl + I when prompted. Tell it Raid 0, reboot.

    Insert Vista Install Disk. When prompted, tell it to load drivers. Point it to USB Intel ICH10R driver. Proceed with install as normal.

    Do I have everything right? I don't want to start this only to figure out I've screwed something up. I've read a lot of topics and I think I've got it all, like i said I just want to make sure.

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: About to install RAID on UD3P, quick checklist

    Yeah You pretty much have everything ready to go.
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    Default Re: About to install RAID on UD3P, quick checklist

    You can also refer to this website for the Tweakguides PDF its called the TG tweaking companion or TGTC for short. There is one for XP and Vista As far as I know, but I only used the XP guide. It is quite informative even for RAID array infomation. It is updated regularly which is a real plus. Here is link -> TweakGuides.com Also I think Vista has the SATA drivers already but they may need updating after install of Vista.
    Good luck Madmax

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    Default Re: About to install RAID on UD3P, quick checklist

    Quote Originally Posted by MadMax2911 View Post
    You can also refer to this website for the Tweakguides PDF its called the TG tweaking companion or TGTC for short. There is one for XP and Vista As far as I know, but I only used the XP guide. It is quite informative even for RAID array infomation. It is updated regularly which is a real plus. Here is link -> TweakGuides.com Also I think Vista has the SATA drivers already but they may need updating after install of Vista.
    Good luck Madmax
    cool, thanks for the resource

    I got it all configured and have reinstalled everything successfully.

    I really thought it would be a lot more difficult/time consuming/more confusing than it actually was, lol.

    I love it though. I can definitely tell a difference with RAID 0.
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    Default Re: About to install RAID on UD3P, quick checklist

    So what are you using the system for by the way, just curious? I hear Gaming and Video processing are benifited by RAID 0. However, some sites actually do not approve of RAID 0 or any flavor of RAID for the common desktop. I have had some people tell me that it was developed for servers to use. I have tried it but Win XP home does not support dynamic disks. Make sure you have your information backed up by the way.

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    Default Re: About to install RAID on UD3P, quick checklist

    Mainly just using it for gaming. But I hate any sort of lag, and RAID has pretty much eliminated the delays in the operating system along with drastically reducing load times for all of my games.

    Also, iTunes is much more bearable now. For some reason, and I've read about others having the same issues as me, iTunes on Vista64 is ridiculously laggy and slow. This makes it usable, which is nice.

    Luckily, because I don't do too much important stuff on my computer, I can afford to lose all of my data. I've got it backing up to an external HD on a weekly basis just to be safe though.
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    Default Re: About to install RAID on UD3P, quick checklist

    I have been running RAID0 on my builds for years starting with the original WD 36GB Raptors.My sig rig is running 2 WD VelociRaptors 300GB in RAIDO and they absolutely ROCK!! Yeah I know SSD's are the latest thing but when they come down more in price and get more bugs worked out I'llswitch. I'm VERY happy with RAIDO. I use this rig mostly for gaming.
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    Default Re: About to install RAID on UD3P, quick checklist

    Hi guys, one more question I see you guys are using the GA-EP45-UD3P mobos and I am using the GA-EP45-DS3R. So I am thinking what is the main difference between the Mobos? I have a fast board (from what I have heard) and is stable too (FWIHH). I have the RAID 0 capability like you too. Is it that the UD3P is built to be more durable. TO run cooler?
    Is there anything I am missing?? Also what games are you in to so maybe I can join you in game as well, I like BF2 a lot.
    Last edited by MadMax2911; 04-28-2009 at 10:42 AM. Reason: aditional thoughts

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMax2911 View Post
    I hear Gaming and Video processing are benifited by RAID 0.
    When you do think what the (r)AID 0 actually does, you should understand why it is ok and nice for reading worthless files.

    All RAID modes require more than one physical disk and a driver that is not usually found from Windows installation media. More noise, more power-consumption, more work to set up (even OP made a checklist, rather than attempted a "no-brains proceeding"). The "standard desktop" is "off-the-shelf, without-thinking". No wonder "anything" is considered "not for desktops" by some instances. ;)

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    Default Re: About to install RAID on UD3P, quick checklist

    Quote Originally Posted by mv2devnull View Post
    When you do think what the (r)AID 0 actually does, you should understand why it is ok and nice for reading worthless files.

    All RAID modes require more than one physical disk and a driver that is not usually found from Windows installation media. More noise, more power-consumption, more work to set up (even OP made a checklist, rather than attempted a "no-brains proceeding"). The "standard desktop" is "off-the-shelf, without-thinking". No wonder "anything" is considered "not for desktops" by some instances. ;)
    the funny thing was that Vista actually did contain the drivers, which was nice. I even tried to load my own and it wouldn't let me, lol.

    But yeah. It's by no means necessary, but if you are going to go to the trouble of overclocking, it's another tweak you can do to get more out of your system.
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