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I need help setting up raid on my EVGA 680i

If anybody has done it before please help

I would like to get this done tonight or tomorrow

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Not done it on the eVGA board, but on an Asus.

On the Asus, I set the SATA controller to RAID, and then select which devices are on RAID (in BIOS that is... in my case, device 1 and 2 are part of the RAID, while 3 is not (dvd burner), and 4,5, and 6 don't have a drive attached, so no RAID there obviously).

Then, in the RAID bootrom, build the RAID, and continue installing Windows (floppy +F6 for XP, etc).
    
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post #3 of 13
Hi there. I am going to be doing the same aswell i will be setting up raid with 4hard drives at 160 gb each on the evga 680i motherboard. When i get the motherboard i will tell you exacty what to do. I have had a bit of experiance with the m board before so i might be able to give you a helping hand i will add you to my friends list for now and we can arrange to set it all up if you wish.

Hope this is of some help to you. Btw RAID 0 is probably what you want to go for gives best performance.

Thanks

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yeah im going for raid 0 but how do I set it up lol
    
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Which OS are you installing? And also, what part do you need help with? OS installation or BIOS setup?
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Ok.

Plug the raid hard drives into the SATA ports that face to the side of the board (there are 2 of them). These are Sata ports 0 and 1 I believe in the BIOS. (The first 2, I forget what the bios #s them as)

After you do this enabled raid in the bios and enable the first 2 sata ports as raid, then after you boot it will ask you to press a F key to boot into raid setup. Do this.

The rest is pretty easy, Set the raid mode for stripping and the block size for 16 or 32k, I recommend 16k but its failure rates will be greater than 32K. If you have a backup drive then use 16K for sure, i've never had data fail on it.

After that if you are using Vista, you will not need raid drivers. If you are using XP, download the RAID drivers off of evga's site and put them on a floppy.

Boot from the XP disc press F6 when asked at the bottom of the screen (Otherwise you will BSOD), load both the drivers (load click one, then go back in and load the other)

After that its just like installing XP as normal.

EDIT: Update your bios to the very latest, there is a bios update that is required for raid to run flawlessly on this board.
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with Vista, you just set RAID in your BIOS and use the (Ctrl-I?) RAID BootROM thing to select the drives to put in your array. then you install Vista and answer the questions appropriately while you go through the setup.

for Win XP, you have to make a floppy disk that has RAID drivers on it or download the latest driver from EVGA's website. it has to be a floppy disk - flash drives and CDs won't work. set it up in BIOS and hit F6 when Windows starts to install.
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post #8 of 13
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Well i will be using XP

I cant use the side sata ports because they are pressed up against my case

Ill try update my bios tonight

rep for all of you
    
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post #9 of 13
I have the same mobo as you, and I'm thinking of going Quad RAID 0, since I can get 4 160GBs for the same amount as 2 500gb. And I really dont want to pay 200-300 for a PCI RAID controller. I might attempt that with like a 750GB HD for backup, and turn my current 320GB into an external with a SATA to USB or something.
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EVGA FAQ with Pictures. Do not call EVGA Tech Support tonight about this or else I will hang up on you!!!!!!
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