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Z77 Extreme 4 Motherboard RAID 1 problem

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Samsung 830 SSD, plugged into SATA3_A0 and 2x3TB hard disks plugged into the 2 slots, SATA3_0_1 on my z77 Extreme 4 Motherboard.

All I want to do is enable RAID 1 on the 2x3TB hard disks, but I'm having major problems. I've put a bunch of pictures below to show you the problems I'm facing.

//After the hard disks have just been plugged in:
http://postimg.org/image/4oqfgae43/

//After I have changed ONLY the bios to use RAID
http://postimg.org/image/frtk1rkyd/
http://postimg.org/image/njqrkg3jn/
As you can see, they are now showing at 746GB disks.... And now the RST isn't even recognizing anything

//After I change the RAID controller to put the disks into raid
http://postimg.org/image/3kakc6ib1/
http://postimg.org/image/49ocer6yb/
http://postimg.org/image/j6j6lf0jv/
http://postimg.org/image/kb5zffiij/


So as you can see, a number of things aren't working:

-The disk management is showing 2 disks instead of 1 RAID disk
-The Rapid Storage Technology software doesn't even think I a disk with any data on it
-The Rapid Storage Technology "create" button isn't there to create a raid array
-The size of the disks is showing up as only 746GB after changing it to use RAID, even though both disks are 3TB (as - shown on the image in the first link)
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I've figured this piece of **** out. Basically, I've now got the latest BIOS, and the latest RST on my PC (11.7). Apparently The ASMedia ports are causing the bug I had (the message box said the "exception code" was c0000417 when loading up Rapid Storage Technology). After using google I found that even though my z77 Extreme 4 motherboard is suppose to have 4xSata 3 6Gb/s ports, they actually only designed it to have 2 for my chipset (I found the info in this thread - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/318600-30-asmedia-s...). User Ko888 states, "Motherboards that have more than two SATA3 6Gb/s ports will use a separate SATA3 controller chip to support those additional ports.". So I just left my 2 main RAID disks in the 6Gb/s non-as media ports, which in the manual is listed as SATA3_0_1, Gray, and plugged my Samsung 830 SSD into the ****y Sata2 port. Then on the BIOS I disabled the ASMedia option, and BOOM it starts working. See the image below:
http://postimg.org/image/59va4w0a5/

So basically it looks like Intel need to get there ass in gear and make a fix for this issue. Because they are basically stopping me from using my motherboard to the full potential.
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Nice to see you got it figured out. Thanks for posting your solution! thumb.gif
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