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    The guys are right, you have to do the Registry hack to get windows to use the raid driver for what you want to do. because what you are doing is running your OS from the same RAID controller but as a non-member disk.

    but before you do the hack, make sure you updated the chipset drivers to the latest as it will include the RAID drivers in the OS repository. if you just rely on the drivers that windows installed during the install, it will just install the generic AHCI driver and you'll still have issues once you apply the hack... been there, done that... 4hrs later voila...

    another thing you could do is move the OS disk to a different controller and set it as AHCI. then your OS shouldn't care as it's still AHCI and then should automatically install the appropriate drivers for your blue's.

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    Ok, your situation is simpler than I thought. All you need to do is the one time registry "hack" (hardly a hack, the registry is a database used by the OS and applications, the change just allows the RAID driver to be loaded and some underlying things to occur), load the Intel IRST RAID/AHCI driver (which you have done apparently), reboot, then do the registry change, reboot and immediately change to RAID mode, and you're done.

    The BSOD is caused by the correct driver not being loaded, given what the registry is telling Windows to do with the SATA driver. You can't have a RAID volume as long as the SATA mode is set to AHCI.

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    Hmmm,found something.........but says that OS must be set to RAID during install...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stasio View Post
    Hmmm,found something.........but says that OS must be set to RAID during install...

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    That's just a play on words, he's pointing out that those registry setting must be set for the RAID driver to take effect/install.... I had them set and was switching back and forth between AHCI/RAID and I could only boot while the bios was in AHCI mode. then while in AHCI mode I re-installed the chipset drivers (I thought I had months prior but what-ever) then re-booted, set bios to RAID and boot, no BSOD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    (hardly a hack, the registry is a database used by the OS and applications, the change just allows the RAID driver to be loaded and some underlying things to occur)
    not disagreeing with you, but the fact it doesn't do it on it's own (which is pretty silly) or have a soft switch somewhere in the device manager or the control panel, everywhere it's called a hack. just saying.

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    Default Re: RAID and BIOS settings

    I think it depends on whether "hack" has a Canadian or an American accent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    I think it depends on whether "hack" has a Canadian or an American accent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    Ok, your situation is simpler than I thought. All you need to do is the one time registry "hack" (hardly a hack, the registry is a database used by the OS and applications, the change just allows the RAID driver to be loaded and some underlying things to occur), load the Intel IRST RAID/AHCI driver (which you have done apparently), reboot, then do the registry change, reboot and immediately change to RAID mode, and you're done.

    The BSOD is caused by the correct driver not being loaded, given what the registry is telling Windows to do with the SATA driver. You can't have a RAID volume as long as the SATA mode is set to AHCI.
    Ok, that WORKED!! Thanks!

    I'll be reinstalling Windows over the weekend. For that should I set RAID mode with the two blues unplugged while installing the OS on the single SSD?

    EDIT: What is the advantage of using hardware RAID over software RAID?
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    software raid uses resources from your CPU while in windows (essentially slowing you down) where a hardware raid it happens by the chipset and doesn't affect the CPU.

    and I would setup the RAID as you want it before installing windows. just make sure that you select the proper unallocated space for your installation.

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