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    Angry going crazy trying to RAID-0

    hi im trying to set up a raid-0 on a gigabyte ep45-ud3p MOBO. so far ive went into the bios and set it to raid. i then set the raid up in using the ctrl-i menu........ everything looks good in the bios. then i go to install windows and it cant find the raid-0??????????? for what ever reason windows was able to find it when i had it set to raid-10. but i dont want it set to a Raid 10........ any how if anyone has any tips or a link to the drivers that will really work it would be uber cool, oh and ive all ready tried a bunch of other drivers and none work..... i need it for windows vista 32bit...... and also for windows 7 64bit as i only have an upgrade disk so i have to install vista 32bit first to get the upgrade to work. if ive left anything out of this its cuz its 3 am here and im about to kill myself......... please help with a step by step guide or something or i may kill my self of my girlfreind............ forreals if i cant get this working soon im going to go "the shining" on some one in my house lol just kidding but please help

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    Default Re: going crazy trying to RAID-0

    GA-EP45-UD3P (rev. 1.0) motherboard manual in PDF----> http://download.gigabyte.ru/manual/m...p45-ud3p_e.pdf
    Hi! You may want to refer to chapter 5 of your motherboard manual and double check your RAID ROM settings just to be sure you did'nt overlook something.
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    Default Re: going crazy trying to RAID-0

    What is the total size of the raid-0? There might be a problem if it's > 2TB.

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    You will need to make a floppy or copy contents to a USB stick with the following tool: Intel® Rapid Storage Technology*Floppy Configuration Utility - Intel® Matrix Storage Manager

    This is the 32bit version for Vista. It will allow you to install Vista using RAID.

    As said in previous posts to be safe, double check you have everything set up correctly. BIOS to RAID, Native mode Enabled, hit [Ctrl - I] and create your array by Naming it, selecting the stripe size (use 128K) and choosing the disks you want to RAID. Select the RAID type you want (0, 1, 5, 10) and save the array. Exit then boot from the Vista disk.

    Also worth checking to see if you can't start installation from the Win 7 Disc and do a fresh install. The installer may ask you to insert your Vista disc as proof of purchase etc. This way (if it's possible) you won't need any RAID drivers as Win 7 has them on file already.
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    Angry Re: going crazy trying to RAID-0

    yeah its 4 750 drives but i have it set right under 2 Terabytes. i also have read and re read the user guide. thanks for the help guys any other ideas are welcome........ ps ive been googleing like hell to find a good raid guide and i cant find one, so when i get this figured out ill post one.

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    Default Re: going crazy trying to RAID-0

    window 7 upgrade is a pain in the you know what, so with that in mind I would install vista on a single 750 hd first and that's it don't bother with any drivers.
    i would then install the three other 750 hd into your raid 1 (don't if using 3 hd is possible with raid 1) I never seem to have the money for that kind of setup. you'll need to create a floppy disk with your raid driver on it or use the USB stick (pressing the f6 key during the install) then if possible add the the 4th HD after the install is done after it's been formatted.

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    As the OP is using RAID0, all drives neeeded in the array must be present and configured right away. There is no way to dynamically add drives to this kind of config. In RAID0 data is divided into chunks of how ever many drives there are. This needs to happen from the start. With other types of RAID one can add drives and then incorporate them into the array, but not with RAID0.

    As I mentioned, if it's possible to skip the Vista install and install using the Win 7 disc then verifying ownership of Vista this will eliminate the problem because Win 7 will recognise the ICH10R in RAID mode.

    Another way to get around the limitation would be to set up your 4 750GB drives on ports 0-3, then add a stand alone drive to port 4 in JBOD (Non member RAID), install Vista to that, then start the Win 7 install from within Vista. The PC will Reboot and then throw up the necessary options as if it were a fresh install. On the drive selection screen, delete all partitions on the JBOD drive first (prevents Windoze putting the bootloader there) then select the RAID array as the destination.
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