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RaidAHCIrmageddon: Trying to make 2 HDDs on Raid 1 to work in tandem with an AHCI SSD

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The idea was to put two 2TB WD Caviar Greens on Raid 1, including OS, to serve as file storage/backup, and run games and programs as well as OS from my SSD.

1x WD Caviar Green 2TB
1X WD Caviar Green 2TB
Windows 7 OS
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Raid 1

1X Samsung Evo 840 500GB
Windows 7 OS
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AHCI

Board: ASUS Maximus VI Hero

So, I followed the manual's instructions. I first connected the two HDDs, set up a raid 1, installed raid drivers, installed OS. Everything went well. My Raid 1 was working OK, the controller on BIOS was set to RAID, and every time I booted up the system, I got a RAID menu notifying me that a RAID was in place and working.

Then, I disconnected both HDD's and connected the SSD to the PC. I set the controller to AHCI, and proceeded to install Windows 7. Everything went well. I was happy.

Then, I shut down the PC and connected both the two HDDs and SSD, set the controller to RAID, and tried to boot up from the SSD.

BSOD

After several more tries, it was clear that this setup wasn't working. So, I set the controller to AHCI and tried booting up.

All hell broke loose.

"YOUR DRIVES NEED TO BE CHECKED FOR CONSISTENCY" Scandisk auto loaded

The RAID drives (still working as a single unit) yielded corrupted files, became considerably slower, produced a BSOD when used to load the OS upon reaching Windows. Finally, I had to run the Windows Repair Console which did a System Restore.

After the System Restore, my RAID drives (still working as a single unit) returned to normal. No more corrupted files, no BSODS upon loading windows, and the drives' responsiveness returned to normal. SMART status showed both drives as healthy, and the drives had 0 bad sectors.

At this point, I thought Windows 7 installation was to blame on the SSD, so I formatted it and started Windows installation again. During the procedure, I used my iphone to look for answers to my issue at Tom's Hardware. I found a topic where some guy was going to use the exact same setup with me, and the posters there recommended to him to connect the SSD on an INTEL Controller SATA Port and connect the 2 HDD's on a RAID on two of the SATA ports on his motherboard which were controlled by a different SATA controller.

[Previously, both my SSD and two WD Green Raid 1 drives were connected to INTEL SATA controller ports]

I was pretty desperate, so I followed the above advice. Connected the SSD to INTEL SATA port 1 and the two HDDS on Raid 1 to ASMEDIA SATA III ports on my motherboard (ports 7 and 8).

This setup (workaround) seems to be working at the moment, though I really have no idea how the f*** that is possible as I didn't do anything special and I am not getting any message on boot that a RAID 1 is set up and activated.

Current Status of my system:



-SATA Controller on BIOS set to: AHCI
- I boot up from the SSD. No BSODs.
-Both WD Green HDDs online and working.
-Only one of the two HDDs is visible on Windows
-I get no message that a RAID is in place during bootup.

It seems that everything is okay. How do I verify that my RAID is working?
Edited by Arxontas - 4/17/14 at 6:00am
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Okay, I have been working on this since my last post and here's what i've found:

- ASMEDIA ports on my Maximus VI Hero do NOT support RAID function, so my RAID 1 isn't working b/c I have plugged the two mirrored HDDs into the ASMEDIA ports.
- In order for RAID to work, the RAID HDD's must be plugged into the INTEL controller ports.

What I am thinking to test now is, SSD plugged into one of the ASMEDIA ports which work only in AHCI mode, and both HDD's plugged into two of the INTEL Controller ports.

The other alternative is to just leave everything plugged into Intel Controller Ports and set up a software Raid 1 as described here:

http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/show/1206-setup-software-raid-1-mirroring-in-windows-7-for-desktop-drive-redundancy

I am not sure aaaaaaalllll this hassle was worth it at this stage.
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Installing the Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver Version 12801016 renders my HDD's unresponsive and sluggish. Everything happens with a 2 minute delay.

Uninstalling Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver Version 12801016 and plugging them into the ASMEDIA ports returns them to normal.

Plugging my 2 HDDs into any Intel Controller ports returns the message that the Raid 1 Array has rebuilt itself and works okay, however, the array is not bootable and BSOD's upon the WIndows Start Screen.

I have tried everything I could think of and have wasted 2 days of my free time, so I will just run a software Raid 1 Array and call it a day.

Enough.
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GSKILL Trident Extreme Performance Memory F2-88... GSKILL Trident Extreme Performance Memory F2-88... GSKILL Trident Extreme Performance Memory F2-88... Western Digital Caviar Blue 
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