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Hi everyone. I just set up a raid 1 on my Asus m4a79xtd evo board. I had a couple headaches because im new at it. Now that the comp is finally bootable again i cant figure out why my new raid 1 isnt showing up under my computer?

I have 2x wd500gb caviar blues in raid 1 and my OS drive is separate.

Hope you can help me thank you.
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Go to start>right click my computer>manage>disk management>and then you should see the volume there. You should be able to initialize it from there by right clicking and it should say initialize or something.
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Thanks for the response. yea i checked that, and just did again. Nothing shows up besides my boot drive, recovery partition and thumbstick.


edit: i just downloaded the raid drivers from asus's site and excrated them/installed them to my usb stick.... but I dont know how to install it now ( I cant just install it like normal drivers, it makes me create a disk or thumbstick install). ?
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So you are looking to mirror the boot drive.

Sorry to sound condescending, but you do know that RAID 1 keep the second drive for data redundancy, so you cant use because it's just copying what the first one does so if your main disk fails the other kicks without any data loss.

If your looking for performance it's striping that you want to do.
Edited by smash_mouth01 - 5/31/11 at 11:39pm
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So you are looking to mirror the boot drive.

Sorry to sound condescending, but you do know that RAID 1 keep the second drive for data redundancy, so you cant use because it's just copying what the first one does so if your main disk fails the other kicks without any data loss.

If your looking for performance it's striping that you want to do.
Not looking for performance. I am using the drives for media and I want them mirrored for reinsurance.

I took the raid option off the sata ports in the BIOS and then booted into the OS. They drives loaded, installed drivers and then they both showed up separate in My Computer. I want into disk manager and right clicked on on of the drives to format it and I noticed that one of the options was mirroring it.. I selected both the drives and now they show as one in My Computer. Is this what was supposed to happen for a raid 1 or is this something through windows (the mirroring)??

Thanks for the replies, keep helping please.
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Don't think RAID should be that hard to setup...but I've never used an AMD motherboard so I wouldn't have full experience with everything. You usually just setup the RAID via BIOS whether your in the BIOS menu or its own personal RAID BIOS Configuration. From there you choose the drives you want to RAID and the type of RAID you want (in your case RAID-1). Once that's done you should have the RAID drivers ready if Windows doesn't detect the drive during installation (should usually be seen as one drive...since it's automatically being mirrored via RAID-1 when you configured it). You should be set once you hit the desktop where you can install any type of RAID software that goes with your RAID configuration to know if something has degraded or not...basically know the status of your RAID setup. Everything might not be in your case though since this is the way I setup back on my onboard RAID via Intel chipset...sadly there isn't much else I can help out with since I'm using hardware RAID now.

I personally never touched the Windows Disk Management to setup a RAID as that's like full-on software RAID that I don't really want to deal with. Unless that's working for you then be my guest and use it.
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Don't think RAID should be that hard to setup...but I've never used an AMD motherboard so I wouldn't have full experience with everything. You usually just setup the RAID via BIOS whether your in the BIOS menu or its own personal RAID BIOS Configuration. From there you choose the drives you want to RAID and the type of RAID you want (in your case RAID-1). Once that's done you should have the RAID drivers ready if Windows doesn't detect the drive during installation (should usually be seen as one drive...since it's automatically being mirrored via RAID-1 when you configured it). You should be set once you hit the desktop where you can install any type of RAID software that goes with your RAID configuration to know if something has degraded or not...basically know the status of your RAID setup. Everything might not be in your case though since this is the way I setup back on my onboard RAID via Intel chipset...sadly there isn't much else I can help out with since I'm using hardware RAID now.

I personally never touched the Windows Disk Management to setup a RAID as that's like full-on software RAID that I don't really want to deal with. Unless that's working for you then be my guest and use it.
For this board, which I found interesting, is that In order to create a raid I had to set the SATA ports to RAID and then restart and boot into raid setup. But.. for this board I had to set all of the ports as a raid, non could be IDE ports.. so, when that happened, my boot drive wasnt being recognized.

I was able to make 2 ports IDE and 4 ports raid, then my boot drive worked but the 2 hard drives in raid 1 on the raid sata ports werent showing up (even after I configured them as a raid 1 and they are shown to be working but dont show up.

for now, the windows 7 mirror took 2 minutes, so im assuming that since it shows both the drives in a mirror mode and shows them as one drive in My Comp. then its working? and I guess that is close to a raid 1, hope even when one fails I still have the data on another. Any way I can test this?
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Not looking for performance. I am using the drives for media and I want them mirrored for reinsurance.

I took the raid option off the sata ports in the BIOS and then booted into the OS. They drives loaded, installed drivers and then they both showed up separate in My Computer. I want into disk manager and right clicked on on of the drives to format it and I noticed that one of the options was mirroring it.. I selected both the drives and now they show as one in My Computer. Is this what was supposed to happen for a raid 1 or is this something through windows (the mirroring)??

Thanks for the replies, keep helping please.
Well to be honest I haven't set up a RAID 1, but I would "assume" that once set up as a mirror there would be no point in showing it in disk manager because it's not usable it's in redundancy.
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Well to be honest I haven't set up a RAID 1, but I would "assume" that once set up as a mirror there would be no point in showing it in disk manager because it's not usable it's in redundancy.
Im a little confused. It does show in disk manager now and it is in redundancy (and thats what I want)
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Only real way to test is to disconnect one of the drives in its array to see if each of them still works...but I wouldn't really want you to go through the trouble if you have to end up rebuilding the array or something. If you have everything backed up externally or on a seperate drive then feel free to test it out. Anyway...if it shows it's mirrored...you should be set.
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