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GA-945PL-S3, where is RAID setup?

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Picked up a GA-945PL-S3, but the last Gigabyte i had, i downloaded the raid floppy and hit F6 before installing windows... this board doesn't seem to work that way? how do i set my 2 sata drives up in raid?
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Bad news... ICH7 southbridge, and no secondary controller, thus no RAID support on this board.

There are currently several Core 2 Duo boards out there that do not support RAID over the southbridge, and the cheaper ones don't have a secondary RAID controller. The ICH7 and ICH8 southbridges do NOT support RAID; you need the ICH7R or ICH8R for RAID functionality. (popular boards that lack RAID on the southbridge, but do have a secondary controller are the Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 and the Asus P5B).

A quick glance revealed to me that none of the 945 based boards that support Core 2 Duo has RAID (I might be missing one). This is likely to keep cost down.
    
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lame, thanks for the info though
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Getting a FAQ about this up... None of those cheap 945 based boards support RAID. And several cheaper 965 based boards don't either (although most do have a secondary controller).
    
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well add the GA-965P-S3 to the list of cheap boards with raid support lol
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yeah, that one has RAID on thje secondary Gigabyte controller. Limited to two-disk RAID only though.
    
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Originally Posted by Chozart
yeah, that one has RAID on the secondary Gigabyte controller. Limited to two-disk RAID only though.

The 6 disc RAID on the P5B Deluxe looks gorgeous LOL

There's always a reason for a lower price, but most people don't use or know about RAID.....probably why it's the first thing to get cut.
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Yes, but it's annoying when you are not aware of it, and you end up with a board lacking RAID.
    
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