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Hey Sean I have a SATA configuration question for you. My mobo has 2 marvell 6 gb/s ports (which I gather are bad so they're unoccupied.) 2 Intel 6 gb/s ports which i put two 500gb HDDs in RAID0 in, and 4 Intel 3 gb/s ports which I have my optical drive, front panel eSATA and SSD in. Would it be better to put the SSD on the 6 gb/s port and move the HDDs to the 3 gb/s ones? What would I do with the other 6 gb/s port in that case? I have SATA mode set to RAID
thanks
edit: also, would it be better to install Windows on the SSD or the RAID?

OS on SSD always. smile.gif

Move the RAID array to the SATA 3GB/s ports, put the SSD on a Intel SATA 6GB/s port. Disable the Marvell controller if you can, you can speed up boot times that way.
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system image of what? are you reinstalling, not reinstalling, image of the SSD or OS on the HDD?
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Would I be able to extract any necessary files from the system image or does it not work like that?
It can, but you need certain programs.

a system image from the HDD. maybe Ill just forget aabout it. I really dont have too much on here anyway. relatively new system.
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system image of what? are you reinstalling, not reinstalling, image of the SSD or OS on the HDD?
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Would I be able to extract any necessary files from the system image or does it not work like that?
It can, but you need certain programs.

a system image from the HDD. maybe Ill just forget aabout it. I really dont have too much on here anyway. relatively new system.

Yea, you will need to reinstall any programs too remember.

Just do like i said b4 and copy the important files to the new partition on the HDD and erase the old ones.
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So, I'm getting ready to install Windows on my SSD. I'm going to be using the SSD for the OS and stuff and the two HDDs in RAID 0 for storage. Should I first format the SSD with the 4k alignment and then add the RAID "disk" in the OS from the SSD? Would that put it at 4k alignment? Is it possible to have disks formatted with different alignments?
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So, I'm getting ready to install Windows on my SSD. I'm going to be using the SSD for the OS and stuff and the two HDDs in RAID 0 for storage. Should I first format the SSD with the 4k alignment and then add the RAID "disk" in the OS from the SSD? Would that put it at 4k alignment? Is it possible to have disks formatted with different alignments?

Unplug the RAID array, keep the SATA mode in RAID, follow the guide including the formatting in diskpart and all.

After you do the last step in the guide and install virus protection, install your RAID array. Make sure you boot up on the SSD and not the array.
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Is it possible to have disks formatted with different alignments?
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Unplug the RAID array, keep the SATA mode in RAID, follow the guide including the formatting in diskpart and all.
After you do the last step in the guide and install virus protection, install your RAID array. Make sure you boot up on the SSD and not the array.
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Is it possible to have disks formatted with different alignments?
Yes

So format the SSD with the 4k alignment and then just install the RAID in windows like it says in "How To Initialize And Format A New Disk For Use In Windows?" Do I need to change the alignment of the RAID after its installed to the one that's best for RAID 0 or will just installing it through Windows work?
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No, follow the guide starting with the "Configure a drive using a BIOS/UEFI motherboard and MBR format:" Then follow "Immediately after installing Windows:" Ignore where i say plug in the other drives in that section.

Once done hook up the RAID array.

If you have no data on the RAID array then sure, but if you do then you shouldn't format it, it should be detected fine after the system set up.
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K, I went to do that but had to cancel the installation when I realized my mouse wasn't working. I had to grab an old mouse to get it to work in BIOS. But after I cancelled the installation, when I try to boot from the USB it says "BOOTMGR is missing press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" and it just comes back after restarting.

edit: I went into BIOS and tried all the different boot options. there was a Sandisk (the USB I'm using) and a Sandusk UEFI listed. The UEFI, my SSD, and optical drive all gave me that error but the regular Sandisk option loaded Windows. I followed the formatting and installing for MBR guide and its extracting files right now biggrin.gif

Is that error message anything to worry about though?
Edited by Rokabud - 1/3/12 at 9:50pm
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Is that error message anything to worry about though?
nope it is normal if you try installing via uefi and the usb is not set up properly for it
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K, I went to do that but had to cancel the installation when I realized my mouse wasn't working. I had to grab an old mouse to get it to work in BIOS. But after I cancelled the installation, when I try to boot from the USB it says "BOOTMGR is missing press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" and it just comes back after restarting.

edit: I went into BIOS and tried all the different boot options. there was a Sandisk (the USB I'm using) and a Sandusk UEFI listed. The UEFI, my SSD, and optical drive all gave me that error but the regular Sandisk option loaded Windows. I followed the formatting and installing for MBR guide and its extracting files right now biggrin.gif

Is that error message anything to worry about though?

EDIT: MY BAD. I answered the wrong question. The Boot Manager error was from attempting to boot from a UEFI device, without the proper EFI code on the device (or it's not where it is supposed to be) you were booting from. A "normal" error, and nothing to worry about, since you are installing with MBR.

Assuming that your SSD boots with the new OS install... After shutting down and attaching the two 500gb drives of your RAID, after you push the power to restart the system, when you see the Intel RAID OPROM message, press -ctrl- & -I-. This will get you into the Intel RAID controller options Rom. Do you see the two 500gb drives as aprt of an ARRAY, and the SSD as a "non-member disk"? Don't make changes here, you could potentially wipe your RAID, loosing everything on it. You're just checking to see if the Intel controller sees your RAID array.

It sounds as if the system is attempting to boot from the ARRAY (assuming this is whee your old OS installation was). If the RAID looks right in the Intel OPROM, when you exit the OPROM, immediately hit -delete- to get into your UEFI. Go to the "boot" tab, make sure that your SSD is listed as the first boot device under the HDD BBS. In the BBS, clear any entry for the RAID array (disable anything but the SSD). This will define the order that the HDDs (SSD included) should boot. exit this screen to get you back to the main Boot tab. Under the Boot Option Priorities, make sure HDD is listed as the first Boot device (it should actually show your SSD).
Edited by xandypx - 1/4/12 at 6:40am
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