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I'm having problems maintaining a persistent RAID volume on my new build. The closest I am able to get is being able to create a working RAID volume in the Windows RST UI, but everything fails after I reboot the PC.

I have an ASRock z77 extreme4-m, 3570k, a Vertex 4 128gb SSD boot drive, and three 500gb HDD's, SeaSonic x650 psu, XFX DD 6870

I have the Intel Controller set to RAID with my ssd and three hard drives plugged in to it on ports 0-4. I have my DVD drive on the AsMedia controller set to AHCI on port 0.
All drives are ALWAYS recognized in BIOS
I am running the latest ASRock BIOS v1.20
I have tried installing windows with AND without install the Intel F6 RAID drivers

I have tried creating my RAID volume before installing Windows, using the RST ROM after that pops up after POST
I have also tried creating the volume AFTER installing Windows, using the RST ROM
... All instances of using RST ROM result in not being able to see the drives in 'My Computer' AND Disk Management failing to initialize any of the hard drives. Disk Management says 'the system cannot find the file specified' when trying to initialize as a MBR.

I am able to create a working RAID volume if I go to the RST ROM and change the drives to non-raid members. Then going to the WIndows RST UI and creating the RAID volume from there. Then going to disk management and partitioning the volume and formatting it to NTFS. This results in a working RAID volume. HOWEVER, the RAID volume fails after I reboot the PC. Notice this image. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/17851743/Photos/RAIDfailure.PNG

I have run chkdsk on all hard drives and have ran Spinrite on all the hard drives with no problems. Spinrite has no problem controlling the drives.

Also, my DVD drive fails to load an Ubuntu LiveCD when I select 'try ubuntu'. Resulting in this screen. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/17851743/Photos/2012-07-13%2013.37.31.jpg
Hard to tell from the picture, but it's a glitchy/static screen.

I am able to reproduce everything above with AND without performing a Windows Update and installing the motherboard drivers.
I have also stripped the PC down to the essentials and everything acts the same.

Am I doing something wrong? Or could this be a motherboard or cpu defect? I'm still within my 30 day replacement period with Newegg. I have been trying to figure this out for at least 4 days and am getting pretty stressed out about it. Any help or ideas as to what's wrong will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Edited by Anthony1s - 7/13/12 at 12:28pm

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Which drives are you trying to Raid here?
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Hey BradleyW. I remember talking to you the other day. I am trying to RAID my three 500gb hard drives on ports SATA3_1, SATA2_2, and SATA2_3.
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Also, I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.
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Any ideas?
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This results in a working RAID volume. HOWEVER, the RAID volume fails after I reboot the PC. Notice this image. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/17851743/Photos/RAIDfailure.PNG
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I notice from your screenshot status on the upper right that the second and third members have warning icons and showing 0GB bytes. Mine looks like this (on M4E mobo) but it has only two members and both on the SATA3 ports:
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I suspect it could be due to mixing SATA3 and SATA2 ports (though it should be fine but I've never tried running arrays on mixed ports). Try first with only 2 drives both on the SATA2 ports. Then try with still 2 drives but on mixed ports and see what happens.

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I notice from your screenshot status on the upper right that the second and third members have warning icons and showing 0GB bytes. Mine looks like this (on M4E mobo) but it has only two members and both on the SATA3 ports:
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I suspect it could be due to mixing SATA3 and SATA2 ports (though it should be fine but I've never tried running arrays on mixed ports). Try first with only 2 drives both on the SATA2 ports. Then try with still 2 drives but on mixed ports and see what happens.
HTH.

Thanks for the reply, Alex.

Today I tested all the drives in a whole different pc and had the same problem.
I just got done testing with only 2 of the 3 drives connected to the SATA2 ports (on the original PC) and have the same problem.
Next I am going to download a new Win7 install cd. I'm thinking maybe the disc is corrupt.
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^. If it's the same results on different computers, could it be that two of the disks are bad? Sorry for asking but just to rule out possibilities, can all disks be formatted and used standalone as non-member disks? When doing raid, is it always the first disk that's green and the others yellow even after interchanging the disks?

The other possibility is bad SATA cables. Did you use the same cables when you tried on another mobo? If not, try using different cables.

What IRST version are you on? Are they the same versions on the two computers and did the two computers have different motherboard brands and models? My IRST version is on 11.2.0.1006 but when I built the array about a year ago, the stable IRST version for 1155 mobos was at least 10.5.
    
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My ASRock mobo only allows Raid0 between the SATA3 ports which would be an array of 2 discs, or an array of four discs on the SATA2 ports and the array is not recognized if different types of SATA ports are mixed.

Hope this helps.

Edit: I got the specs of the raid controller for you off of newegg and highlighted the RAID information.

I have the same board, Sorry man.


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^. If it's the same results on different computers, could it be that two of the disks are bad? Sorry for asking but just to rule out possibilities, can all disks be formatted and used standalone as non-member disks? When doing raid, is it always the first disk that's green and the others yellow even after interchanging the disks?
The other possibility is bad SATA cables. Did you use the same cables when you tried on another mobo? If not, try using different cables.
What IRST version are you on? Are they the same versions on the two computers and did the two computers have different motherboard brands and models? My IRST version is on 11.2.0.1006 but when I built the array about a year ago, the stable IRST version for 1155 mobos was at least 10.5.

The three drives were used to run Ubuntu, Win7, and OSX Lion on my old machine.

All disk are able to be formatted and used standalone. I will run chkdsk on them again though, just to be sure.
Yes, It's always the first disk that's green and the bottom 2 yellow. No matter what ports I plug the discs in to.
SATA cables are a possibility. They're brand new, but I'll try other cables later today.
I was using the newest version of IRST on the new machine. The test machine only supported Intel Matrix Storage. So the software was different between machines, yet still yielded the same results.

The test machine said disc 2 failed in the array. So I marked disc two and built the array on the new machine without it... RST ROM said both discs in the array were normal, but the RST Windows software said disc 2 of the new array is missing. I then switched the ports around that the discs were using and RST Software said disc 2 was missing again. Both discs are connected to the SATA2 ports.

Also I wanna note that the Starting Windows Logo takes a lot longer to finish loading when I am testing raid. I'd say 3-4 times longer. And I have to wait 2 seconds for my keyboard to work to input my password.

Another possibility is the Windows DVD I'm using is corrupt. It was a iso I downloaded from demonoid last year... I downloaded a new one from Microsoft and will try that disc later today.

So I'll be testing SATA cables, Windows DVD, and running chkdsk today.

SoliDD, The SATA3 ports default to SATA2, when a SATA2 device is plugged in. RAID is capable on all 6 of the Intel controlled SATA ports.... Regardless, I tried a two disc array using only the SATA2 ports and experiences the same problems.
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