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    Question GA-MA785GMT-UD2H - RAID configuration for NON-system drives

    Hopefully someone can give me some advice,

    I recently purchased 2xWD20EADS(2x2TB) and am looking to create a RAID 1 array in order to keep data backed up. I have no experience with creating RAID arrays and have been looking around online, but most pages only deal with creating arrays including the system drive and adding the drivers during the Windows install. I'm hoping I do not have to reinstall windows in order to get this to work.

    Here's the info:
    1. I'm using an XP Pro x86 machine
    2. Mobo: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (supports Raid 0, 1, 1+0)
    3. Machine has 4 HDDs: 1 IDE (system), 1 SATA WD10EADS (1TB) ((currently holding data to be transferred to RAID array and the 2xWD20EADS as mentioned above

    I'm looking to use the onboard RAID controllers and not a software RAID. Both disks to be included in the Array are still factory default (blank, no formatting). I have tried using the steps in the manual to create an array, I added them to the array and restarted, got into Windows at which point I was prompted for drivers for my new hardware. At this point is when I went online looking for drivers and saw all the suggestions to reinstall the OS and add drivers upon OS install.

    Would anyone mind horribly giving me a bit of a walkthrough on how to create a RAID 1 array without reinstalling the XP Pro... if its possible that is.

    If I missed giving any important info, please let me know and I'll be happy to provide it.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H - RAID configuration for NON-system drives

    I do believe you will need to reinstall XP, even if the array is not the OS. This is simple to do without a reinstall using Vista or Windows 7, and Intel chipset anyway, sorry not sure about AMD based boards.

    Some Intel chipsets using XP you can do it via some hacks, but those would not apply to your board. So you will need to wait for our AMD guru here, Artdrivers, he will be able to tell you if you can do this on your board using XP or not.

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    Default Re: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H - RAID configuration for NON-system drives

    No I have never attempted this I always performed a Xp clean install or repair install.
    Here is a video you may want to try but WARNING Try at your own risk. First it will start with a movie trailer.
    Setup Raid1 On Windows XP Professional - Video
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    Default Re: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H - RAID configuration for NON-system drives

    Thanks artdrivers, I forgot about repair!

    Yes, you could easily get around doing a clean install by doing a repair install. This will leave all your documents, programs, ect as is, all you will need to reinstall after doing a repair install is windows updates.

    You would do a repair install and this time install your RAID Drivers at the beginning of the install process. You can have your RAID created already or not, it does not matter, all you need to do is get the drivers installed with the OS then you can add or remove arrays as needed.

    Let me know if you need a few guides on doing a repair install, this would be the easiest way to do this I think

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    Default Re: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H - RAID configuration for NON-system drives

    Thanks a lot for the help guys. I started looking at software RAID, thinking that might be easier, but turns out you need to perform some hex-editing in order to enable mirroring and raid5 in xp pro? Bah

    I'll try and perform a repair install and return with my results. Might be a few days before I get around to it.

    Thanks again!

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    Default Re: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H - RAID configuration for NON-system drives

    Yes software RAID via the onbaord chips is easy to do, and much cheaper than buying a good RAID Card.

    You can enable RAID in XP, not sure about your allowed types though since you are using AMD. A repair install will allow you to switch to RAID easier than anything else, but not sure how you would do that on AMD.

    On Intel I would do the repair install, installing the RAID Driver during the process and then when done you would have RAID Enabled OS, but be using single member RAID (IE NON Member RAID). Then you would need to mirror that OS install to a backup disk, then create your array on two clean disks, and then restore your OS back to the newly created array. Then you would have full RAID via two or more disks.

    I'm sure the process would be the same or similar for AMD as well, hopefully Artdrivers will correct me if I am wrong. That is how I would do it

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    Default Re: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H - RAID configuration for NON-system drives

    I don't know what is the best way, but if you have 4 harddrives and you want to setup a RAID 1 I would save my windows data on the other SATA HD. The one you plan on using as a single. Install that single Drive on SATAII_4. This is the last internal SATAII connector on that motherboard. You can use this drive either way as an ide or as an AHCI Drive. The drive will work either way. If as an AHCI drive. Then run a repair on just that hard drive as a AHCI. Be sure to install the RAID/AHCI driver for the SB710 chipset, and with the F6 option. Depending on what you want.
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    Integrated Peripherals
    OnChip IDE Channel [Enabled]
    OnChip SATA Controller [Enabled]
    OnChip SATA Type [RAID]
    x OnChip SATA Port4/5 Type IDE As SATA Type
    Onboard LAN Function [Enabled]
    Onboard LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
    } SMART LAN [Press Enter]
    Onboard Audio Function [Enabled]
    Onboard 1394 Function [Enabled]
    OnChip USB Controller [Enabled]
    USB EHCI Controller [Enabled]
    USB Keyboard Support [Enabled]
    USB Mouse Support [Disabled]
    Legacy USB storage detect [Enabled]
    Onboard Serial Port 1 [3F8/IRQ4]
    Onboard Parallel Port [378/IRQ7]
    Parallel Port Mode [SPP]
    x ECP Mode Use DMA 3
    Setting up the RAID environment with a clean install and the F6 option. Install the 2 Hard drives for the RAID environment (SATAII_0 and SATAII_1. Use The RAID ROM utility CTRL-F More on this below is a PDF of your motherboard manual. Give it a bit to load.
    Pay close attention to Section 5 of your motherboard manual. http://download.gigabyte.ru/manual/m...-ud(s)2h_e.pdf
    Change hard disk boot priority. RAID in Bios after the RAID ROM. Go into
    Code:
    Advanced BIOS Features
    Internal Graphics Mode j [UMA+SidePort]
    Internal Graphics Mode kl [UMA]
    UMA Frame Buffer Size [Auto]
    x Surround View Disabled
    Onboard VGA output connect [Auto]
    AMD C1E Support (Note) [Software SMI]
    Virtualization [Disabled]
    Patch AMD TLB Erratum (Note) [Enabled]
    AMD K8 Cool&Quiet control [Auto]
    } Hard Disk Boot Priority [Press Enter] The RAID Drives
    First Boot Device [Floppy]
    Second Boot Device [Hard Disk]
    Third Boot Device [CDROM]
    Password Check [Setup]
    HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability [Disabled]
    Away Mode [Disabled]
    Backup BIOS Image to HDD [Disabled]
    Init Display First [PCI Slot]
    You can perform another Windows Clean setup in your Raid. Please be sure to use the F6 at the start of setup and install the AMD 710 chipset RAID/AHCI Driver.
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    4GB / Kingston / KHX8500D2K2/2GN / 5-5-5-18 / 1066Mhz
    (2) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA RAID-0
    (1) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA AHCI
    (2) IDE's 1 8XdualDVDRW 1 52x32x52x CDRW
    Antec /Neo HE550 / 550W
    Mid size ATX case with show through panel
    2) 80x80 front fans (1) 120x120 rear fan and small nb fan
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    Default Re: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H - RAID configuration for NON-system drives

    So, did you try any of this yet?

    Just checking in

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