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    Default GA-Z87X-UD4H - RAID 0 Assistance [SOLVED]

    Hello,

    I am about to put together a new build and need some assistance setting up RAID. Going to be using Win8.

    I have a total of 4 drives and 1 optical drive going into my build.

    1x SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 256GB - OS/important application drive
    2x WD Black 640GB - Data Drive
    1x WD Black 1TB - Backup Drive

    I was planning on plugging the following drives into each port

    SATA0 - Main SSD
    SATA1 - 1TB Backup drive
    SATA2 - 640gb drive (first raid drive)
    SATA3 - 640gb drive (second raid drive)
    SATA4 - Optical drive

    I was wondering if where I was going to plug in everything looked good?

    I was also not sure on how exactly to set up raid with my single drives? I know I have to go into the BIOS and change it to RAID for the correct SATA ports, but what drivers do I need to install as well? Not sure which ones I need to download
    GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1150 - GA-Z87X-UD4H (rev. 1.0)

    Thanks ahead of time for your help and let me know if you need any more information!
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    Default Re: GA-Z87X-UD4H - RAID 0 Assistance

    As long as all your drives are connected to the Intel SATA ports, your plan is fine.

    You must set the Intel SATA mode to RAID before you install Windows, or fix it later which is the more difficult option.

    When you install Windows, only connect the target OS drive (Main SSD) to the board, or don't connect the other drives to the PSU. Otherwise Windows will put the MBR on another drive, and if you remove it Windows will no longer boot. That can be repaired with the Windows installation media if necessary.

    The main Intel SATA RAID driver you install in Windows is: Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 12.6.0.1033

    Since you are not installing Windows on a RAID 0 volume, you should not need to install the following driver during the Windows installation:

    Intel SATA Preinstall driver 12.6.0.1033

    I see on your board's download page there is a "Hotfix" download: (Note) After installed IRST driver, please install Hot fix 1.0.0.1

    That must be to fix a problem that can occur with the IRST 12.6 driver, so I would suggest using it.

    Otherwise you can use any of the version 12 IRST drivers directly from Intel here, without the Hotfix:

    https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sea...90&FamilyId=42

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    Default Re: GA-Z87X-UD4H - RAID 0 Assistance

    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    As long as all your drives are connected to the Intel SATA ports, your plan is fine.

    You must set the Intel SATA mode to RAID before you install Windows, or fix it later which is the more difficult option.

    When you install Windows, only connect the target OS drive (Main SSD) to the board, or don't connect the other drives to the PSU. Otherwise Windows will put the MBR on another drive, and if you remove it Windows will no longer boot. That can be repaired with the Windows installation media if necessary.

    The main Intel SATA RAID driver you install in Windows is: Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 12.6.0.1033

    Since you are not installing Windows on a RAID 0 volume, you should not need to install the following driver during the Windows installation:

    Intel SATA Preinstall driver 12.6.0.1033

    I see on your board's download page there is a "Hotfix" download: (Note) After installed IRST driver, please install Hot fix 1.0.0.1

    That must be to fix a problem that can occur with the IRST 12.6 driver, so I would suggest using it.

    Otherwise you can use any of the version 12 IRST drivers directly from Intel here, without the Hotfix:

    https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Sea...90&FamilyId=42
    Thanks for the reply!

    So just to clarify, to start, only plug in my SSD and install Windows. Then after windows is installed, plug in my RAID drives, configure it in the BIOS, and go from there?

    I know you said I don't need the Intel SATA Preinstall driver 12.6.0.1033 since I am not installing Windows on my RAID array, but do I need it to use AHCI mode?

    Ended up downloading the latest Intel RST RAID Driver straight from Intel, thanks for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterenergy22 View Post
    Thanks for the reply!

    So just to clarify, to start, only plug in my SSD and install Windows. Then after windows is installed, plug in my RAID drives, configure it in the BIOS, and go from there?
    Yes, exactly right.


    Quote Originally Posted by monsterenergy22 View Post
    I know you said I don't need the Intel SATA Preinstall driver 12.6.0.1033 since I am not installing Windows on my RAID array, but do I need it to use AHCI mode?

    Ended up downloading the latest Intel RST RAID Driver straight from Intel, thanks for that.
    No, don't use AHCI mode and then try to change to RAID, you'll have problems when you try to boot after doing that. RAID mode has all the features of AHCI mode and is identical to AHCI mode with single, non-RAID array drives. You can use RAID mode and never create a RAID array, and the PC will function just as it would in AHCI mode.

    Windows 7 and 8 have a basic Intel RAID driver included with it, so you aren't required to use the preinstall driver. When you install the Intel RAID driver you downloaded, it will replace the one included with Windows. The preinstall driver will be newer than the one included with Windows, so may have added features that you might want to use if you were installing Windows on a RAID volume. Since you aren't doing that, you aren't missing anything by installing the latest driver version after you install Windows.

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    Default Re: GA-Z87X-UD4H - RAID 0 Assistance

    Finally got the build done, but ran into some major problems when setting up RAID.

    Installed Windows 8 just fine with only the SSD plugged in and was able to boot into Windows with no problem.

    First I tried setting up RAID usiing UEFI RAID like the manual suggests, but whenever I set OS Type to Windows 8 and CSM Support to Never, I cant get any picture on my monitor. Tried several times and eventually had to reset the BIOS.

    Then I tried using legacy RAID ROM, but whenever I set up my array and reboot, I get an error that Windows cant boot. I try selecting my SSD from the boot menu, but still says cant boot.

    Any ideas?

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    if you just have te SSD connected does it boot?

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    Default Re: GA-Z87X-UD4H - RAID 0 Assistance

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinster View Post
    if you just have te SSD connected does it boot?

    Vin
    No, it sits at the loading Windows screen, gives me a BSOD, then reboots and trys to perform and automatic repair.

    Update 1:
    Tried the process over this morning and did the following but still no luck. Also tried doing the UEFI RAID in step 5, but get no video signal again using external graphics card.

    1) Disabled all ports but SSD on mobo.
    2) Installed Windows 8 (4 partitions) on the ssd.
    3) Booted into windows and verified that BIOS mode is set to UEFI.
    4) Went into bios and only enabled ports with the drives for RAID (1 + 3)
    5) Configured RAID volume using Ctrl-I (Shows as bootable, cant get that to change)
    6) Enable all mobo ports.
    7) Windows wont boot and BSOD.
    8) Then tried disabling all ports but the SSD, and I get Reboot and select proper boot device.

    Update 2:
    Noticed my current bios version is F5 and the latest is F8. Gonna flash to the latest version and see if that fix the problem.
    Last edited by monsterenergy22; 09-19-2013 at 11:10 PM. Reason: Tried again

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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterenergy22 View Post
    Finally got the build done, but ran into some major problems when setting up RAID.

    Installed Windows 8 just fine with only the SSD plugged in and was able to boot into Windows with no problem.

    First I tried setting up RAID usiing UEFI RAID like the manual suggests, but whenever I set OS Type to Windows 8 and CSM Support to Never, I cant get any picture on my monitor. Tried several times and eventually had to reset the BIOS.

    Then I tried using legacy RAID ROM, but whenever I set up my array and reboot, I get an error that Windows cant boot. I try selecting my SSD from the boot menu, but still says cant boot.

    Any ideas?
    I don't know why the manual would suggest using the "UEFI RAID", since that requires a UEFI booting Windows 8 installation, with the OS drive formatted as GPT, etc. That also includes disabling CSM support (setting it to Never apparently in your BIOS) but when that is done it requires a video source that supports "GOP", a UEFI specification. That explains the black screen when you set CSM to never, I assume you are using a video card, and only the very latest cards support GOP, some require a VBIOS update, as my card did.

    Regardless, forget configuring your RAID with the "UEFI RAID" utility. I assume the SATA mode is set to RAID, and you installed the the Intel RAID driver I mentioned, correct? If so, in Windows Control Panel, there should be an entry for "Intel Rapid Storage Technology". Run that program which contains RAID configuration options. If you haven't removed your first RAID array, I would do that first, and then configure it again with the Windows IRST program. I'm guessing the first RAID configuration is screwed up with all the changes you tried. I would also suggest clearing the BIOS before starting, then immediately going into the BIOS and reset the SATA mode to RAID, and continue from there with the IRST Windows program to create your RAID array.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    I don't know why the manual would suggest using the "UEFI RAID", since that requires a UEFI booting Windows 8 installation, with the OS drive formatted as GPT, etc. That also includes disabling CSM support (setting it to Never apparently in your BIOS) but when that is done it requires a video source that supports "GOP", a UEFI specification. That explains the black screen when you set CSM to never, I assume you are using a video card, and only the very latest cards support GOP, some require a VBIOS update, as my card did.

    Regardless, forget configuring your RAID with the "UEFI RAID" utility. I assume the SATA mode is set to RAID, and you installed the the Intel RAID driver I mentioned, correct? If so, in Windows Control Panel, there should be an entry for "Intel Rapid Storage Technology". Run that program which contains RAID configuration options. If you haven't removed your first RAID array, I would do that first, and then configure it again with the Windows IRST program. I'm guessing the first RAID configuration is screwed up with all the changes you tried. I would also suggest clearing the BIOS before starting, then immediately going into the BIOS and reset the SATA mode to RAID, and continue from there with the IRST Windows program to create your RAID array.
    However, the problem I am havin right now is that I cant even boot into Windows.

    So it looks like I am going to have to a a fresh install again.

    1) Install Windows 8 with only SSD plugged in.
    2) Install Intel RAID Driver
    3) Configure RAID array
    4) Boot into windows again.

    Only problem is at step 4, I cant boot into Windows. Even if my SSD is the only thing plugged in.

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    Make sure your bios is set to raid before installing windows. in your RAID config you should see the single disk and it should be marked as a non-member disk. Then install Windows.. and for Win8 can you select an NTFS partition instead of GPT? then you could boot from it regardless if running UEFI or not.

    Then once Windows is configured then you can add your other disks and create the raid for the paired disks.

    if all else fails again, is it possible to set a soft-raid in windows 8? XP is the only Win OS that they removed this feature, I'd hope they didn't remove it in Win8.

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    Last edited by Vinster; 09-20-2013 at 06:33 AM.
    Main Rig
    OS = Win8.1
    CPU = i7-980X @ 4.17Ghz 144x29 cooled by custom Loop
    Mem = 12GB 2000Mhz corsair Dominator GT at 2010Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-2T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3 e770
    GPU = 2x Sapphire r9 290x in xfire
    HD = 2x Toshiba 120GB Raid 0 (580MB Read/140MB Write)
    Storage = 2TB WD Black
    PSU = EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
    Case = Too embarrassed to mention.

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