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post #1 of 10
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who can help me set it up.... i can't figure it out (starting from scratch)
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i used to own one. do the Intel Matrix RAID. don't use the JMicron.
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... i'm waiting for you to ask a question. if you're installing Vista, it's a piece of cake. you don't need to use the F6 floppy method to install the RAID driver. if you're going XP, you'll have to go here and download Option 6 to make a RAID floppy.

on the first page of the BIOS, set IDE to RAID. on the Advanced / Chipset / Southbridge portion, make sure you do NOT have RAID enabled for the JMicron controller. the JMicron will be used for your optical drives if they're IDE.
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lol, well, first off, which ports? (i want 2 sata on raid, and one just as its own drive non raid)
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post #5 of 10
i don't think the ports matter. i used the two top-right ports (one black and one red) just because they were numbers 0 and 1 (i think. i'm going strictly off memory here, which sustained a lot of damage when i was in high school ).

set the RAID in BIOS like i said, then reboot and hit Ctrl-I while you're in POST to enter the Intel Matrix setup. pick your two hard drives for the RAID array, set the options (i always use 128KB stripes, but there is an endless debate about which size stripe works best. i have great performance with 128K stripes though). anyway, just select those two drives and create a RAID0 array. then you can reboot and boot from your Windows CD. if you're installing XP, you'll need to do the F6 floppy method. if you're installing Vista, you don't need the floppy.
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post #6 of 10
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its saying there is no bootable disk.......
the manual says enable Serial-ATA BOOTROM option... i can't find it..
anyone?

and my southbridge screen only has pciex16 #2 options
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post #7 of 10
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anyone?
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post #8 of 10
i believe Enable SATA BOOTROM is directly under SATA mode on the first page of your BIOS. set SATA to RAID and make sure the option directly beneath it is enabled. also, go to Advanced, Chipset, Southbridge and make sure the JMicron controller is NOT set on RAID. i forget the exact value, but it can't be on RAID. then of course, you need to make sure you're set in the Intel Ctrl-I menu.

you never said what OS you're installing. like i said before, if it's XP you need to hit F6 right away when the blue Windows screen starts. it will say it on the bottom, but the message goes away pretty quick.
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post #9 of 10
okay, here is the last word on your BIOS settings. this is assuming your optical drive(s) are IDE.

-Main
--IDE Configuration
---SATA Configuration - Enhanced
---Configure SATA As - RAID


-Advanced
--Onboard Devices Configuration
---JMicron SATA Controller - Enabled
---JMicron Controller Mode - IDE

all other settings at default. remember you need the floppy disk ready if you're doing this in XP.
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post #10 of 10
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thank you sooo much
rep+ again for you.
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