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    Question RAID O setup on P55A-UD6

    Just got a new P55A-UD6 and two SATA3 6GB/s drives and would like to do a fresh RAID O and OS installation. Sure I will connect to SATA connectors GSATA_6 and GSATA_7 which are controlled by Marvell chip (for 6GB/s). Then I go to the BIOS / Integrated Peripherals / GSATA 6_7 Controller and make it "Enabled". Then to GSATA 6_7 Ctrl Mode.

    Now the question is: in GSATA 6_7 Ctrl Mode, which option should I choose for RAID O setup? It only has "IDE" and "AHCI" but NO "RAID"???

    To cut the long story short, how do I enable the RAID funtion on Marvell 9128 chip?
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    Default Re: RAID O setup on P55A-UD6

    you need to enable xhd(extreme hard disk) its gigabytes name for raid,then set all ide as raid in bios

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    Default Re: RAID O setup on P55A-UD6

    Thanks for the tip but I don't think there is a "GSATA RAID CONFIGURATION" option in the BIOS.

    Again, in "GSATA Ctrl Mode" ("GSATA 6_7 Ctril Mode" in P55A-UD6), only "IDE" and "AHCI" as options.
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    Default Re: RAID O setup on P55A-UD6

    i cant really help you much as i dont know/use raid but im sure someone will when they are on,yeah gsata is different i think
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    Default Re: RAID O setup on P55A-UD6

    I posted a reply for you here at XS
    RAID O setup on Gigabyte P55A-UD6 - XtremeSystems Forums

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    It has been proven to be faster speeds on the Intel controller for RAID due to Marvell's drivers, so your better bet is to install there using the SATAII 0+1 ports.

    If you would still rather install on the Marvell ports you can, it's just not optimal. First be sure you are using the latest BIOS.

    Are you wanting to use this for your OS? If so you will need to grab the Pre-OS Install drivers here, as well as the console and RAID utility drivers:
    GA-P55A-UD6 (rev. 1.0) - GIGABYTE - Support&Download - Motherboard - Driver

    To enable RAID on those ports you need to go into the GSATA RAID Configuration option here where is says "Press Enter" as shown in this image:



    See page 101 of your manual for further tips on creating an array
    ftp://download.gigabyte.ru/manual/mb...p55a-ud6_e.pdf

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    Default Re: RAID O setup on P55A-UD6

    Thanks for the reply.

    I see. I was reading the manual (Rev. 1001 that comes with the mobo) that doesn't show this line "GSATA RAID CONFIGURATION" on page 53. However, I found this on the updated manual (Rev. 1002 from you link ) that shows "GSATA RAID CONFIGURATION" on page 53! I am clear now and big thanks.

    BTW, if the two 6 GB/s drives (OS in RAID 0) connect to Intel P55 controller, would them still be faster than connect to Marvell 9128 (that supports 6 GB/s but P55 doesn't) as you mentioned?

    Also, OS is Wins7 64bit, so do I need to PRE-OS install drivers as your suggest? If yes, how do I install them before the OS installation?

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    Default Re: RAID O setup on P55A-UD6

    Ya, not sure why that is unless they didn't have it in the BIOS yet when they made the first revision of the manual?

    Yes, it would still be faster on the Intel ports. Marvell drivers are not updated good enough yet, you can try it out though and then move to the Intel ports to compare if you want.

    If you do, all you need to do is make a few registry changes in Win7/Vista to move to the Intel ports, then make your BIOS Changes for the other ports to use RAID instead of the Marvell ones.

    These are the settings you need to change, Window 7 or Vista only, before you can move them around from both ports. This is normally for enabling use of any disk setting in the BIOS, but will also allow you to switch controllers as well since MS has default RAID drivers already installed.

    Enable switching between all IDE/AHCI/RAID modes by changing "Start" Values in these keys to 0
    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci\Start
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Pciide\Start  
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\iaStorV\Start
    Yes you need to use the Pre-OS install drivers before installing, on either Intel or Marvell. When vista starts it will show you disks to install to, and there you can choose to load drivers for RAID. You can load them from a USB Stick, then proceed with the install.

    I do suggest using the Intel ports for now though, but you can try both if you want.

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