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Sorry for the noob question...

I am switching from Z77 to X79. Is it possible to create a ghost image of everything I have on my current Raid 0 array and then reinstate it once I make the chipset switch? I know things get tricky once you switch but I can't seem to find a definitive answer.
post #2 of 6
They're both Intel boards so Matrix Storage may just pick it up and go. Move the hard drives to the new motherboard and turn on RAID mode. Then see if the array appears (and appears as functional) in the RAID manager.
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post #3 of 6
The problem in your case, although you have two Intel boards, is the X79 platform basically uses a different RAID driver than ALL the other Intel chipset boards.

If you created your RAID volume with the Intel RSTe RAID driver, the standard RAID driver for X79 boards, it will simply not work on a Z77 board, that uses the Intel IRST RAID driver. RSTe will not install on Z77 boards.

But there may be a way to fix this. Some of the newest versions of IRST (11.7 and beyond) can be installed on X79 boards. You need to check the download page for your board, and see if an IRST driver is listed. If an IRST RAID driver is listed, install that on your X79 board's OS before you attempt to move the OS to the Z77 board. In some cases, a BIOS update is needed before an X79 board can be used with an IRST driver, since the RAID Option ROM must be compatible with IRST, and that is updated with a BIOS update. Check the BIOS list for the X79 board to see if an Option ROM or OROM update is mentioned.

Of course, this is only an update for the RAID driver, there are other driver differences between X79 and Z77 that cannot be done before an OS move is attempted. The Intel Management Engine (IME) software will definitely be different, you can try uninstalling that before the move. But OS moves between platforms is always difficult and even if you get it booting it may never be quite right.
post #4 of 6
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Great info!

How about this driver?

http://support.asus.com.tw/download/download.aspx?model=Rampage%20IV%20Formula&f_name=IRST_UEFI_RAID_Win7_8_VER11701013.zip&f_type=25&os=36

Edit: oops, meant to copy V11.7.0.1030
Edited by Mreim76 - 5/31/13 at 12:05pm
post #5 of 6
The V11.7.0.1030 looks good to me! I've never updated an X79 board from RSTe to IRST, but I know it is possible, and I haven't seen any forum threads about problems doing so, so you should be fine. If not, let us know.

When that download file is unzipped, there is a PDF file as part of the package. It just describes how Intel SRT (SSD caching of a HDD) is configured, which was not an option on X79 boards until now, but contains no other instructions. If you use a SSD as your OS drive, you have no need to use SRT.

The actual setup file is buried in a file in the folder V11.7.0.1013_20121206_WHQL\Install, and is AsusSetup.exe.. Be sure to right click on that file and then choose Run as Administrator.
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Just in case anyone cares/remembers...

juguvuvy.jpg

It's alive!!!

I literally just did a BIOS update and it was good to go. I had the latest IRST driver in the same folder so it might have picked that up too. Thanks for all your help guys!

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