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Just wanted to let you guys know in a few days your gonna have to help me set these up...

I just got 2 of 'em. Hopefully they are pretty good and will do better than my ageing 40giger (6+ years old) and my 80giger (4 years old)... IDE to sata (2<- I think) should be nice...
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Nice lol. should def see a speed improvement.
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So ok... These are supposed to come in tommarrow, Anyone got some good guides on how to set-up a raid?
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post #4 of 14
luckily I have the same board as you.

Find the DFI RAID drivers on the internet (the ones of the floppy are old, and most of the time won't work).

Then, go to BIOS, and go to (I think) advanced chipset ooptions...

I dno...it's one of the ones on the left...

Then it says "RAID CONFIG"

You "enable" RAID on each of the drives you want to put in RAID, and then you reboot...it'll say Press F10 to enter RAID BIOS....

Do it.

Then you reboot again and it's all good.

Then you install windows with your floppy in ,and push F6 and install all the drivers....

TADA!.

if it doesn't work right (is healthy and then dies) you should try switching the ports on your SATA. I have 1 and 2 set up, and it died 3 times...so I use 1 and 3 now instead and it works...

Good luck.

Hope that made some sense.
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I don't have a floppy drive can I just put the drivers on a cd?
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Originally Posted by NeRoToXeN View Post
I don't have a floppy drive can I just put the drivers on a cd?
I'm not sure if XP will see them that way...

You could "slipstream" the install using nlite (I believe) to include the RAID drivers.

EDIT:

!!! here it is for you!

http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?...9&#entry356029

This also gets around a lot of problems with NVraid and windows install. (BSOD, and etc.)
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It almost did.LOL I just spent the past week installing RAID and trying out different Arrays on a variety of mobos including the NF4 (both DFI and ASUS) and it is not going to be a breeze unless you go straight to the SiliconImage controller and use that. I have yet ro get an NV RAID array to work in either NF3 or NF4 chipsetted rigs.

Actually SiS makes the controller and NV brands it so the SiS drivers the ones you need (on an Asus for Sure and one the DFI as an Option).

You need a Floppy drive both to copy the files from the interenet or CD onto the disk and also to load the drivers as requested by XP durin set up.

On the mobo you will see to sets of headers--one is SiS. I would use those headers myself after trying for days literally to load NV RAID during XP installation. Then In BIOS as SideBurns sez enable RAID (the SiS iRAID s tucked away on the Genie BIOS menu), At this point you need to save and exit and post and during post stroke in CTRL+S which opens the RAID menu and follow the simple instructions (chose auto-configuration) and save and exit. Again the mobo will POST--now you should see the RAID set in POST.

Het the reset button and get back into the BIOS and check to make sure the array is listed in Boot Menu as a Hard Disk in the Boot options.

Okay you have jumped the hoops and are ready to load XP.

You will need to make the CD or DVD the boot device for the initial phase of installation so that the XP disk is fired up after POST.

When prompted strok F6 repeatedly so that you can then later stroke in S when prompted. Pop in the floppy with the RAID drivers and hit enter--XP will then prompt you to load any other drivers--do this again and select any other required drivers that are listed by using the arrow and enter key.

Finally--if all is well and the floppy drive reads correctly XP will use the drivers to "see" the Array as a single disk.

At the end select that "disk" as the source to load XP onto and format it NTFS and if all is well you will have a RAID array.

It will definitely be a learning experience.

Note that mostly there are two drivers required to load XP--so you need to the S thing twice.

Hope that helps
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I'll let ya all know how she goes tommarrow. If i get it working!!
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Aghhhhhhhhh! You didnt get the Seagate Perp Drives!!
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No he did not--and neither did I but the 'Cudas are still faster than the WD Cavs...
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