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HOW TO: Set up RAID with Asus P5B (vanilla)

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According to many, even Asus, the P5B motherboard has NO RAID support on any of the 4 SATA ports! This is because the unit uses an ICH8 southbridge instead of an ICH8R such as the P5B-E, and higher.

However, it does have fully functional RAID support for two drives! This is provided by the JMicron JMB36X onboard RAID controller, the same controller used in the Gigabyte GA965P-DS3 and similar motherboards!


Now the funny thing is where these ports are located... The first port is located smack in the middle of the motherboard...here


The second is the eSATA port in the back of the PC ... I'm not sure what ASUS was thinking when they did this, but hey whatever its there:


Now, connect your first SATA drive to the RAID SATA slot on the board using a regular SATA cable. Good.

Now, you need to get this cable: Its a "eSATA to SATA" cable, I'd get one thats 1m (3ft) in length:



Notice how the connectors are different.

Now, connect the SATA end to your hard drive. Good. Now run the cable through your case and to the outside (i removed the back plate to do this), and into the eSATA port on back of the PC:



Now, set the JMicron controller to RAID mode in the BIOS, and launch the RAID configuration utility using CTRL+J. Congratulations! You now have RAID. Proceed with installing the RAID driver for Windows (can be obtained from the ASUS P5B support site: http://www.asus.com/products4.aspx?l...78&modelmenu=1)

Good luck!
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I believe that uses silicone raid which is a slower raid. The have the port on the outside (if I remember correctly) for users who want to have raid 1 and are using an external backup drive. . . we A8N32-SLi have the same thing .. . with the internal port for silicon raid being located above the PCI-e slot by the backplate and the other ones being with the rest of the I/O ports on the back.

Nice write up though
 
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