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    Default A question for the experts - help with raid 0 on GA-X58A-UD3R

    Hello Folks,

    I have a question for the experts about setting up raid (raid 0) on my system. This was my first build by the way and so far everything has gone flawlessly. I'm definitely new to all of this so I'm not sure if this is even possible. I am trying to set up a separate raid with two 1TB hard drives. I would like to keep the other drive (320 GB) separate for just my boot and apps.

    I tried setting up a raid in bios (raid-xhd) according to the manual but when I get back to the <cntrl-I> prompt it won't allow me to enter to configure any further. It is telling me the disks are non-raid disks. Is this due to the fact that all the drives are on the SATA II controller and are not identical? Would it work if I moved the desired boot drive and optical drive to SATA III and left the desired raid drives where they are? Is it perhaps a problem with their ordering?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: A question for the experts - help with raid 0 on GA-X58A-UD3R

    Everything should work they way you are going. Make sure your os hdd (320gb drive) is connected to SATA2_0 port and your 2 1tb drives are connected to SATA_1 and 3 ports your dvd drive in SATA_4 or 5.

    Make sure you are enabling the intel raid option in bios and not the SATAIII controller. Save bios and exit. Should see a screen after saying about AHCI then it should show the Intel Raid rom and list your drives connected and then say press CTRL+I to enter.

    Enter raid config and create a new array either choose raid 0 also know as stripping (2 - 1tb drives will equal 2tb's) or raid 1 also know as mirroring (2 - 1tb drives equal 1tb)

    If you already installed windows on the 320 gb hdd with raid disabled you will get a bsod when trying to boot with raid enabled. you will have to change a registry entry first before enabling raid so you can boot then install the drivers.
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    Default Re: A question for the experts - help with raid 0 on GA-X58A-UD3R

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebmxer View Post
    Everything should work they way you are going. Make sure your os hdd (320gb drive) is connected to SATA2_0 port and your 2 1tb drives are connected to SATA_1 and 3 ports your dvd drive in SATA_4 or 5.

    Make sure you are enabling the intel raid option in bios and not the SATAIII controller. Save bios and exit. Should see a screen after saying about AHCI then it should show the Intel Raid rom and list your drives connected and then say press CTRL+I to enter.

    Enter raid config and create a new array either choose raid 0 also know as stripping (2 - 1tb drives will equal 2tb's) or raid 1 also know as mirroring (2 - 1tb drives equal 1tb)

    If you already installed windows on the 320 gb hdd with raid disabled you will get a bsod when trying to boot with raid enabled. you will have to change a registry entry first before enabling raid so you can boot then install the drivers.
    Hello Acebmxer,

    Thank you very much for that. After figuring out that I didn't enable the usb keyboard (told you I was a noob) your settings worked perfectly for the raid setup. However, it did take a little T&E figuring out the settings in BIOS. The manual is a little sketchy on the fact that you also need to have eXtreme Hard Drive enabled as well as RAID (XHD) to have a boot drive recognized as compatable. I don't mind admitting that I have no idea why that would be.

    Thanks again.

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    Default Re: A question for the experts - help with raid 0 on GA-X58A-UD3R

    yeah each motherboard is different and as bios version changes so do some of the settings. What i listed is basic raid setup. If that still didnt work I would have to look it up to be exact.

    Glad you figured it out and all is working.
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    as long as all hard drives are in the blue seta conection it does not matter the order
    on boot you will need to hit ctrl and I at same time to enter raid set up the add drives to strip
    you want 2 strip one beihg your boot drive other your 1.5TB drive
    then set which one you want as voot drive
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