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I have 2 WD1500ADFDs (150g raptors) and I wanted to set them in a RAID 0 array. I whip out my mobo manual (bios has been flashed recently, btw) and I read up on how to do this process. I get both HDDs pluggegd in and ready to go and then I go into BIOS to enable RAID, but when I boot up, according to my manual, intel matrix storage manager "press ctrl+I to launch" should pop up and upon pressing that key combination, I should go straight to the utility. The problem is, I get no prompt and the key combo doesn't work. Booting into windows sand loading the raid drivers from a floppy still forces me to install windows on just 1 drive. I want windows split between these drives like in an actual raid array. Help!
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I think you need to enable the raid in the bios first then reboot then do the key combo to get to the utility....the utility isn't enabled if the raid isnt enabled in bios...try that...that's what I had to do on my asus
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I did do that, but it still doesn't show up.
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ok firstly are you using the Jmicron one or the intel one? cuz they're different
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I'm using the intel one (positive), but I still get this jmicron popup thing from an IDE controller I used to have. One of he raptors is completely clean, fresh from the factory. The other has been used for a few months and was not formatted although now it seems to be Do I have to install drivers in windows before setting up RAID? What I want to do is start completely fresh with a new raid 0 array on a fresh copy of windows. The windows version I am installing is XP Pro w/ SP2
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you don't hjave to reinstall windows before the raid setup what you wanna do is go into the BIOS and set the the IDE to RAID (that's on the main page) ignore the Jmi9cron thing, i get that too.
Then save, and exit
when you rebot again, go past the bios screen and hold CTRL+I the option for that comes through right after the bios screen. and then your laughin!

Edit: i realize this sounds strangely like what you've tried. but can you outline exactly what steps you've taken for me is that's the case?
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you don't hjave to reinstall windows before the raid setup what you wanna do is go into the BIOS and set the the IDE to RAID (that's on the main page) ignore the Jmi9cron thing, i get that too.
Then save, and exit
when you rebot again, go past the bios screen and hold CTRL+I the option for that comes through right after the bios screen. and then your laughin!

Edit: i realize this sounds strangely like what you've tried. but can you outline exactly what steps you've taken for me is that's the case?
Okay, I go into BIOS and on that first screen is someting called "IDE Configuration" I set that to "Enhanced" (which is basically 'on'). Then new options appear since I enabled that and they are called "Configure SATA as: [I set this to 'RAID']" and OnBoard Serial-ata BOOTROM" which I set to 'Enhanced.' All of this was outlined in my Mobo manual, but it is yielding to progress.
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OK, to make sure you're doing all the steps, do this:

1) First and foremost, make sure all connections, data and power, are seated fully. Plug the sata from each HDD into the sata ports, you can use other ports on the ICH8, but for simplicity plug them into sata1 and sata2.

2) Put in your P5B cd into a computer and get a fresh floppy ready. At the autoplay screen of the CD, click on the "make disk" tab, then click on ICH8 32 bit RAID/AHCI driver (unless you're using 64bit Windows, then click the 64bit one). The floppy will be made. Sounds like you've done this step right, assuming you clicked the ICH8 32 bit one.

3) Boot into your bios, on the main tab, go to IDE Configuration. Make sure to select Configure SATA as option is set to RAID. If this is not set, it won't work. Also if this is not set, you won't see the screen where you press CTRL-I to enter the RAID config. This should come up after the main bios screen if you have the option enabled in the bios. If it's not, then you don't have it enabled.

4)You must create your RAID array before Windows will ever see it! Before you boot from the XP to install, this step must be done. ONLY after step 3, can you now press CTRL-I to enter the raid setup, when it prompts you to after the bios screen. Enter the utility with CTRL-I and create your RAID array. The array must be created before any partitioning or windows installing can be done. This step is essential, or your RAID will not work.



5)Now boot from the XP CD, press f6 at the correct time. After it prompts you, and you press S to specify a device, the list of possible drivers comes up. Make sure you select the correct driver from the list, I think it's called like ICH8 for desktop, or something. There will be a couple other ICH8 selections and even ICH7 stuff, so make sure you chose the right one. As long as it says ICH8 and desktop that's the one you want (unless laptop, then ICH8 for mobile).
This step trips people up sometimes, depending on the board you have. It's because there are more choices down the list, if what you need isn't there on the screen already. Unfortunately, there's absolutely nothing to indicate there's more choices below (no scroll bar, arrows, etc.). If you don't actually hit the down key on your keyboard, you wouldn't even know there's more down there.


If you follow that procedure, windows should now see your RAID volume as one big drive for you to install on. Good luck ! Basically, you have to get into CTRL-I there, before this is ever going to work.

Single disk= Partition--->Format---->Install windows

RAID= Create array so the disks "know" they're supposed to work together--->Partition --->Format --->Install windows
    
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ok i didn't have the 'onboard serial ata bootrom' bit in mine even though it was supposed to be there according to the manual. and i thought i was stuck. so i just saved and exited, and on re-boot i hit the CTRL+I thing. so i would try CTRL+I with the bootrom enabled and disabled. see what that gives you. also there's no point in booting into windows everytime, so just save and then reboot to try this stuff
finally if you can't get that to work, try scrolling over to the Advanced tab in the bios, and see what the Jmicron stuff says. i acctually took mine off 'raid' in the hopes that would help my frustration. give that a shot too.
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OK, to make sure you're doing all the steps, do this:

1) First and foremost, make sure all connections, data and power, are seated fully. Plug the sata from each HDD into the sata ports, you can use other ports on the ICH8, but for simplicity plug them into sata1 and sata2.

2) Put in your P5B cd into a computer and get a fresh floppy ready. At the autoplay screen of the CD, click on the "make disk" tab, then click on ICH8 32 bit RAID/AHCI driver (unless you're using 64bit Windows, then click the 64bit one). The floppy will be made. Sounds like you've done this step right, assuming you clicked the ICH8 32 bit one.

3) Boot into your bios, on the main tab, go to IDE Configuration. Make sure to select Configure SATA as option is set to RAID. If this is not set, it won't work. Also if this is not set, you won't see the screen where you press CTRL-I to enter the RAID config. This should come up after the main bios screen if you have the option enabled in the bios. If it's not, then you don't have it enabled.

4)You must create your RAID array before Windows will ever see it! Before you boot from the XP to install, this step must be done. ONLY after step 3, can you now press CTRL-I to enter the raid setup, when it prompts you to after the bios screen. Enter the utility with CTRL-I and create your RAID array. The array must be created before any partitioning or windows installing can be done.



5)Now boot from the XP CD, press f6 at the correct time. After it prompts you, and you press S to specify a device, the list of possible drivers comes up. Make sure you select the correct driver from the list, I think it's called like ICH8 for desktop, or something. There will be a couple other ICH8 selections and even ICH7 stuff, so make sure you chose the right one. As long as it says ICH8 and desktop that's the one you want (unless laptop, then ICH8 for mobile).
This step trips people up sometimes, depending on the board you have. It's because there are more choices down the list, if what you need isn't there on the screen already. Unfortunately, there's absolutely nothing to indicate there's more choices below (no scroll bar, arrows, etc.). If you don't actually hit the down key on your keyboard, you wouldn't even know there's more down there.


If you follow that procedure, windows should now see your RAID volume as one big drive for you to install on. Good luck !
This is pretty much exactly what i did. word for word.
step 1 obviously is fine if your drives are detected. make sure they're in the red ports NOT the black ones
step 2 if you do correctly then the CTRL+I screen prompt should show up right after the bios, followed immediately by that Jmicron nonsense that i haven't quite figured out yet.


Edit: I assume you are creating the floppy drivers on another PC, it's simple that way, just download em. and you don't need them till the windows install anyways. be sure to watch the windows install carefully, as the little prompt to hit F6 is in the bottom of the screen and only there for about 4 secs. i missed it the first time.
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