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As you guys know, Windows 7 does not support software based RAID 5 as the option is greyed out when you try to make an array.

I'm looking for a simple program that can enable RAID 5.

I have six 4tb disks that need to be in an array. Intel Hardware RAID is out of the question as I'm using two SSDs in RAID 0 which left me with four Native Intel ports and Two Asmedia ports which are all occupied by the aforementioned hard drives.

Motherboard: Rampage IV Extreme (X79).

Any suggestions?
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FlexRAID is what I've been using for over a year to manage my storage array. Buy the whole $60 deal, and you get a storage pooling module that allows you to group folders or drives together to be seen as a single disk, and a RAID module where you can customize any amount of storage drives to 1 or 2 (or more) parity drives. Drives do not need to be wiped when added, and can keep their existing filesystems. Only issue with this is that it's really meant to be snapshot, IE updating once a day/week and not realtime, and that you don't get better I/O performance than the drive you're writing to.

The developer also is beta testing a real-time version called Transparent RAID.

Beyond virtualizing a ZFS server or something, I don't know of any way to get RAID 5 with spanning disks.

Let me know if this helps or not!
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I scrapped the RAID idea and went with JBOD.
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Intel 750 400GB PCIe  WD Green 6TB 10 * 6TB HGST Desktar NAS (RAID Z2) Go away 
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EK-FB GA Z170X Monoblock EK-FC1080 GTX Waterblock/Backplate 2 * Dazmode Darkside LP360 MCP355 DDC @ 7V 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
9 * Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition @ 7V 8.1 Pro 12-bit Asus VG27HE 27" 1080p @ 145Hz Corsair Vengeance K60 
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SeaSonic SS-520FL2 - Fanless Fractal Design Define S Logitech G502 Proteus Core XTRAC PADS Ripper XXL 
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Asus Xonar DSX 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4670K @ 4.6 GHz 1.35V Maximus VI Gene 2 * Gigabyte GTX 780 @ 1202/7000 MHz 1.225V 16GB G.Skill Sniper 2600 MHz 11-14-14-14-2T 1.65V 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB Seagate 5TB I will end you Dazmode Darkside Maple Leaf Special Edition 
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2 * EK Reference 780 Waterblock + Backplate XSPC RX240 Black Ice GTX Xtreme M92 6 * Delta AFC1212D-PWM 3400 RPM 
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2 * CM Blade Master 92mm PWM 2800 RPM 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung U28D590D 28" 4K Overlord Tempest X270OC 27" 1440P 
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