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    Default Can't setup a RAID 0 array on a GA-890GPA-UD3H

    This is my first post here, so be gentle. I recently purchased a GA-890GPA-UD3H board. The rest of the specs are:

    AMD Phenom II X3 720 - no ocing
    4gb of ddr3 ram
    1 - Intel 40gb ssd
    1 -lite on DVD

    I was so pleased with how everything turned out. Then I read an article about how well the Intel drives work in a raid 0 array. So I purchased an identical drive. I had everything setup and used the manual to configure the bios settings. The problem happened at the point where you are going to choose the drives to make up the array. I think this is before you have to load the raid drivers from a floppy or install the os. I can't seem to get the array created. I even took it to a local computer shop and they couldn't create the array. So I simply took out one drive and loaded the os and everything is back to where I started. If i can find out what I need to do differently, I'll give it another shot. Help is appreciated.

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    Default Re: Can't setup a RAID 0 array on a GA-890GPA-UD3H

    What ports do you have the Hard Drives connected to, color and #, also what port is your CD/DVD Connected to?

    And what settings are you using for the following?

    Integrated Peripherals

    OnChip SATA Controller (AMD SB850, SATA3_0~SATA3_5 connectors)..........................
    OnChip SATA Type (AMD SB850, SATA3_0~SATA3_3 connectors)................................
    OnChip SATA Port4/5 Type (AMD SB850, SATA3_4~SATA3_5 connectors)........................
    OnChip SATA RAID5 Support (AMD SB850, SATA3_0~SATA3_5 connectors).......................

    Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl (GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip, IDE and GSATA2_6/7 Connectors)...............
    Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode (GIGABYTE SATA2 Chip, GSATA2_6/7 Connectors) .................

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    Default Re: Can't setup a RAID 0 array on a GA-890GPA-UD3H

    My drives were plugged into Sata3_0 and Sata3_1. The dvd drive was plugged into Sata3_2.

    OnChip SATA Controller - Enabled
    onChip SATA Type - RAID
    OnChipSATA Port4/5 Type -As SATA Type
    Onchip SATA RAID5 Support - Enabled

    As for the last 2, Onboard SATA/IDE Ctr, Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode, I'm not sure.

    I appreciate your help.

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    Default Re: Can't setup a RAID 0 array on a GA-890GPA-UD3H

    Hi Iyyob, maybe we can help. It will require a new install of your OS.
    To start try mounting the DVD drive into SATA3_4 or 5. Leave it set to Type IDE.
    In bios Load optimized Defaults save and reboot. Go into bios again.
    Adjust memory voltage to manufacturers specifications.
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    Integrated Peripherals
    OnChip SATA Controller [Enabled]
    OnChip SATA Type [RAID]
    x OnChip SATA Port4/5 Type IDE
    x OnChip SATA RAID5 Support Enabled
    Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl [Enabled]
    Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode [IDE]
    } USB Device Setting [Press Enter]
    Onboard LAN Function [Enabled]
    Onboard LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
    } SMART LAN [Press Enter]
    Onboard Audio Function [Enabled]
    Onboard 1394 Function [Enabled]
    Onboard USB 3.0 Controller [Enabled]
    Onboard Serial Port 1 [3F8/IRQ4]
    Below is a PDF of your motherboard manual. Please click on it, and allow a bit of time for it to download. Go to chapter 5 start on page - 79 - for instructions to setup the RAID. Also follow instructions in C. Configure a RAID array in RAID BIOS.
    After the POST memory test begins and before the operating system boot begins, look for a message which says "Press Ctrl-F to enter RAID Setup Utility" (Figure 2). Press Ctrl + F to enter the RAID setup utility.
    Ctrl + F happens very quickly. It will go by before you know it. If you dont see it you may want to clear cmos and try all over again. Let us know if this helps.
    http://download.gigabyte.ru/manual/m...gpa-ud3h_e.pdf
    Last edited by artdrivers; 08-19-2010 at 07:39 PM.
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    Default Re: Can't setup a RAID 0 array on a GA-890GPA-UD3H

    Hi there,

    I was wondering if you found a solution to your question about not being able to set up raid on your Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H board. I have just build a brand new system and I have two Intel X25-M SATA 80Gb drives that I want to stripe. After following all the instructions for configuring the BIOS, I can get as far as the RAID menu (after pressing Ctrl-F), but I cannot get past the menu. I have also upgraded my BIOS from F3 to F7, but to no avail. It's so frustrating having this new box but not being able to use it. Can you or anyone in the Forum assist.

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    You may need to go to the Option Rom main menu then create RAID manually
    Create Arrays Manually
    To create a new array, press 2 to enter the LD View Menu window (Figure 4). To create an array, press Ctrl+C to access the LD Define Menu.
    After the hard drives are defined to RAID don't forget to change the Assignment to Y


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    In the following procedure, we'll create RAID 0 as an example.
    1. Under the RAID Mode section, press the SPACE key to select RAID 0.
    2. Set the Stripe Block size. 64 KB is the default.
    3. Under the Drives Assignments section, press the up or down arrow key to highlight a drive.
    4. Press the SPACE key or Yto change the Assignment option to Y. This action adds the drive to the disk array. The Drv section will show the number of disks assigned.
    5. Press Ctrl+Y keys to save the information. The message in Figure 6 will appear. Press Ctrl+Y to input the array name. If you do not input the array name, the default array name will be used.
    Figure 7
    Fast Initialization option has been selected
    It will erase the MBR data of the disks.
    Press Ctrl-Y key if you are sure to erase it
    Press any other key to ignore this option
    Press Ctrl-Y to Modify Array Capacity or press any
    other key to use maximum capacity...
    Figure 8
    7. Then, the message in Figure 8 will appear. Press Ctrl+Y to set the capacity of the RAID array or press other keys to set the array to its maximum capacity.
    Figure 6
    Please press Ctrl-Y key to input the LD name
    or press any key to exit.
    If you do not input any LD name, the default
    LD name will be used.
    6. When the next message appears, press Ctrl+Y to clear the MBR or press other keys to ignore this option.
    8. After the creation is complete, the screen will return to LD View Menu where you will see the newly-created array.
    9. Press Esc to return to Main Menu and press Esc again if you want to exit the RAID BIOS utility
    Last edited by artdrivers; 08-19-2010 at 08:13 PM.
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    Default Re: Can't setup a RAID 0 array on a GA-890GPA-UD3H

    Hey there, thanks for that comprehensive answer. Unfortunately, I cannot get into that menu uption. After pressing Ctrl-F, I get presented with a menu that has 4 options. Pressing 1,2, or 3 does nothing, pressing 4 does takes me to another screen, but this is of no use. Interestingly, if I also plug in my WD Cavier Green and my Optical drive, then I can get into these options. When I am in Option 2, I can see my WD and Optical drive, but neither of my SSDs appear. It's as if it does not know that the disks are connected. I know that they are as they appear in the POST and in the BIOS. So what is it about these Intel X25-M SSD drives that it does not like? Thanks, Joe.

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    It works with the other hard drives with the same connectors in the same SATA ports? Maybe it's the optical drive thats creating the trouble. Have you tried putting the optical drive on the GSATA2_6. Put the hard drives on SATA3_0 and SATA3_1. Dont forget to go into BIOS and sret the GSATA2 as IDE mode and the SATA3_0 through SATA3_3 to RAID.
    Last edited by artdrivers; 08-20-2010 at 07:14 AM.
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    Default Re: Can't setup a RAID 0 array on a GA-890GPA-UD3H

    Hi there,

    I did wonder that myself and I have tried moving the SSDs to different ports but to no avail. The point I was trying to make in my last post was that with the optical and/or WD drives(s) connected, I was able to get into that meno option. When I remove these drives (therefore, the only drives now plugged in are the two Intel SSDs), I am no longer able to get into menu options 1, 2, or 3.

    I have managed to borrow two standard (not SSD) SATA drives from my office and as a test, I shall try to configure these drives when I get home tonight. If they work then that tells me that there is nothing wrong with my board, and it must either be a problem with the drives themselves or an incompatibility between the board and my SSD drives.

    I shall update the post with my findling tonight. Once again thanks for taking an interest in this issue. It is appricated.

    Thanks
    Joe.

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    Default Re: Can't setup a RAID 0 array on a GA-890GPA-UD3H

    I also suspect the SSDs. Your suggestion would be a good way to test the motherboard. If you put the SSDs into a different type of motherboard (Intel or Nvidia chipset), and they then will RAID. Then you will know if it is a compatibility issue. Yes please let us know your findings.
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    4GB / Kingston / KHX8500D2K2/2GN / 5-5-5-18 / 1066Mhz
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