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Hmmm then I might attempt to reinstall Windows again with RAID0.... It's just that I keep getting that 0x80070001 error. Anyone have any advice on how I can fix that problem?
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I don't know if this post is relevant to what you're doing, but:

http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/...5471&SiteID=17

Try getting support from microsoft, or their forums, someone might know more about it there. I just can't see why your RAID configuration has anything to do with your windows install failing, unless you have a defective disk (And I can't see how a defective disk is going undetected like this).
post #13 of 22
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So would the error 0x80070001 be caused by a messed up CD? But then again I installed in RAID0 and RAID5 perfectly, but it wouldn't reinstall in RAID0 again for some reason.
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post #14 of 22
Did you download it and burn it (like the guy in the microsoft forums did), or did you get the retail/OEM disc? If you downloaded it and burned it (presumably from a university software site), then it could be a bad burn. I personally have had TONS of issues making DVDs, just to store regular files.
post #15 of 22
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What are the advantages of RAID5 over RAID0? After reading some hard drive benchmarks for RAID5, my 67mb/s doesn't look too bad for using an onboard RAID controller. Is it less likely to fail or something?
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Well I spent all day trying to reinstall Windows with RAID0, but to no avail. Something that worries me with RAID5 though is that every time I boot, BIOS tells me that the array is degraded and has an error. But every time I make a fresh array, it tells me it is healthy, and only after Windows is installed does it tell me that it is degraded.

Anyone know of any good program that can test if I have a bad hard drive or not?
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The speed is certainly low for a arrary, how did you get that program to work in vista, i tryed and got a error about not suported. Anyways i get around the same with 2 ata133 hds in raid-0 i suspect due to no drivers during install for the low transfer speeds.
    
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post #18 of 22
If your array is degraded like the BIOS says then that's no surprise that the performance is that bad. To confirm that your array is degraded loading up the nVidia shield RAID manager (or whatever it's called these days). That should tell you details like what port the bad SATA drive is on etc.
Anyways this review here shows that the 680i RAID performance isn't that hot, but even so it should be better. http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/01/...le/page13.html
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post #19 of 22
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The speed is certainly low for a arrary, how did you get that program to work in vista, i tryed and got a error about not suported. Anyways i get around the same with 2 ata133 hds in raid-0 i suspect due to no drivers during install for the low transfer speeds.
I just right clicked on the program and just made it compatiable with XP SP2.

Will Newegg allow me to RMA all 4 of my drives or do I have to find out which hard drive is bad? And are there any driver updates that I can download to improve my RAID performance?
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post #20 of 22
A "degraded" RAID 5 array means one drive crapped out.

Now.. this is going to be a pain in the ass to do, but try using one drive at a time. One of them SHOULD fail to install windows properly.

And btw, I would NOT be happy with under 100 MB/s for 4 drives in RAID. I have similar drives as you (4x 250GB barracudas), and I'm getting around 180 MB/s, with 600 MB/s burst (Granted, that's w/ a hardware controller). Single drives can do 50 MB/s sustained, getting 34% more performance for 3 extra drives does not seem right. PART of the problem w/ the low transfer speeds may be because 1 drive is dead. RAID 5 onboard will perform ultra-terribly if a drive died, since now it has to calculate parity for reads as well as writes!

If newegg will allow you to, just RMA all 4 drives.
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