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I've never set up RAID before and I'm going to set up RAID0 on my current project PC (for a friend). I'll be using an EVGA 680i T1 and two Seagate 320GB's Perp. Recording.

My only question is, how do I set it up and when? It would seem that you set it up BEFORE installing Vista because if you didn't, then the install wouldn't be striped, however, the EVGA Manual doesn't have any instruction on RAID setup and I'm a noob so I don't want to screw it up.

So if you could help out that would be great! And also, what stripe size would be best? Just tell me all you know! lol
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Should be the same as XP.

http://nvidia.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/n...i=&p_topview=1
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Here is a guide specifically for the 680i: http://www.evga.com/support/faq/afmv...px?faqid=57883

Make sure to use this driver: ftp://ftp.evga.com/bios/9.92_RAID_Vista.zip .
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Here is a guide specifically for the 680i: http://www.evga.com/support/faq/afmv...px?faqid=57883

Make sure to use this driver: ftp://ftp.evga.com/bios/9.92_RAID_Vista.zip .
It says "stop here if you are using Windows Vista" before you even need to make a Driver Floppy though.. so do I still need the new driver? I only ask because this PC doesn't have a floppy drive and it would be a pain in the ass to have to get one before proceeding...

Is it possible to just install Vista on the packaged driver and then install an updated driver later on? Or can I make a driver CD instead to get the new driver into vista?
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It says "stop here if you are using Windows Vista" before you even need to make a Driver Floppy though.. so do I still need the new driver? I only ask because this PC doesn't have a floppy drive and it would be a pain in the ass to have to get one before proceeding...

Is it possible to just install Vista on the packaged driver and then install an updated driver later on? Or can I make a driver CD instead to get the new driver into vista?
Vista allows you to install drivers from USB, floppy, and optical. Burn the new RAID driver to a CD. Install it from CD when Vista asks you to.
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Vista allows you to install drivers from USB, floppy, and optical. Burn the new RAID driver to a CD. Install it from CD when Vista asks you to.
Ahh, thank god! I also have a thumb, but is that more difficult? Thank you for your help duckie! Rep+

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Ahh, thank god! I also have a thumb, but is that more difficult? Thank you for your help duckie! Rep+

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Thumb drive works too and should be easier.
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Well, I just did this with my Evga 680i A1 motherboard, and yours should be basically the same.

PLEASE READ ALL BEFORE DOING ANYTHING


Here's what you'll want to do:

1. Plug in the SATA plugs to the two "riser" ports that face towards the computer. These are the first two SATA ports. (the bottom one is "1" and the top one is "2". There are 6 total, four more that are 3-6). A picture of the SATA ports is here if you'd like to use different ports.

2. Start your PC, and enter BIOS by pressing delete. Highlight "Integrated Peripherals" and press enter. Go down and highlight "RAID Config" and press enter.

3. Highlight "RAID Enable" and press enter so it says "[Enabled]". Now there is a list of SATA Ports to Enable/Disable for RAID. I don't know for sure why it's like this, but this is what each one corresponds to:

SATA 0 Primary.........RAID.....[Disabled] = SATA PORT 1 (bottom riser port)
SATA 0 Secondary.....RAID.....[Disabled] = SATA PORT 2 (top riser port)
SATA 1 Primary.........RAID.....[Disabled] = SATA PORT 3
SATA 1 Secondary.....RAID.....[Disabled] = SATA PORT 4
SATA 2 Primary.........RAID.....[Disabled] = SATA PORT 5
SATA 2 Secondary.....RAID.....[Disabled] = SATA PORT 6

- ENABLE SATA 0 Primary AND SATA 0 Secondary if you are using the riser ports. Otherwise, ENABLE the necessary ports in concurrence with the link I provided earlier and the chart above.

4. SAVE and EXIT BIOS.

5. Upon Reboot, press F10 to enter the RAID UTILITY during POST. This will bring you to the screen where you set up the drives for RAID.

6. Move the two drives over to the right, and MAKE SURE you have it set on STRIPING for RAID 0, or MIRRORING for RAID 1. Save and Exit, it will ask you to Clear Disk Data, press Y for yes. Exit.

GO TO 7 FOR XP OR SKIP TO 8 FOR VISTA:

7. WINDOWS XP: Now if you are using Windows XP, put the XP CD in the drive and when Windows boots up press F6 to enter the Windows RAID Setup. It will ask you to enter the RAID utility 3.5" Floppy that came with the Motherboard. Do so. Configure here and continue to install Windows.

8. WINDOWS VISTA: If you are using Windows VISTA, put the CD in and VISTA will automatically load the drivers for you (no disk needed.) Select the drives you RAIDed, (now one drive) to install VISTA to.

and....... WEEE. That's it. Enjoy.
    
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Well, I just did this with my Evga 680i A1 motherboard, and yours should be basically the same.

PLEASE READ ALL BEFORE DOING ANYTHING


Here's what you'll want to do:

1. Plug in the SATA plugs to the two "riser" ports that face towards the computer. These are the first two SATA ports. (the bottom one is "1" and the top one is "2". There are 6 total, four more that are 3-6). A picture of the SATA ports is here if you'd like to use different ports.

2. Start your PC, and enter BIOS by pressing delete. Highlight "Integrated Peripherals" and press enter. Go down and highlight "RAID Config" and press enter.

3. Highlight "RAID Enable" and press enter so it says "[Enabled]". Now there is a list of SATA Ports to Enable/Disable for RAID. I don't know for sure why it's like this, but this is what each one corresponds to:

SATA 0 Primary.........RAID.....[Disabled] = SATA PORT 1 (bottom riser port)
SATA 0 Secondary.....RAID.....[Disabled] = SATA PORT 2 (top riser port)
SATA 1 Primary.........RAID.....[Disabled] = SATA PORT 3
SATA 1 Secondary.....RAID.....[Disabled] = SATA PORT 4
SATA 2 Primary.........RAID.....[Disabled] = SATA PORT 5
SATA 2 Secondary.....RAID.....[Disabled] = SATA PORT 6

- ENABLE SATA 0 Primary AND SATA 0 Secondary if you are using the riser ports. Otherwise, ENABLE the necessary ports in concurrence with the link I provided earlier and the chart above.

4. SAVE and EXIT BIOS.

5. Upon Reboot, press F10 to enter the RAID UTILITY during POST. This will bring you to the screen where you set up the drives for RAID.

6. Move the two drives over to the right, and MAKE SURE you have it set on STRIPING for RAID 0, or MIRRORING for RAID 1. Save and Exit, it will ask you to Clear Disk Data, press Y for yes. Exit.

GO TO 7 FOR XP OR SKIP TO 8 FOR VISTA:

7. WINDOWS XP: Now if you are using Windows XP, put the XP CD in the drive and when Windows boots up press F6 to enter the Windows RAID Setup. It will ask you to enter the RAID utility 3.5" Floppy that came with the Motherboard. Do so. Configure here and continue to install Windows.

8. WINDOWS VISTA: If you are using Windows VISTA, put the CD in and VISTA will automatically load the drivers for you (no disk needed.) Select the drives you RAIDed, (now one drive) to install VISTA to.

and....... WEEE. That's it. Enjoy.
WOW! Great new member here! thanks dude.

Question, Stripe size though? Remember, 2x320GB's

REP+ BTW.
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How about some instructions for those of us who already have windows XP (32b pro) installed on a single drive and want to add a second drive (identical make/size) in a mirrored (RAID 1) configuration. Is it possible to do this without having to reinstall windows/everything?
    
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