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How to set up a Raid 0, with SATA drives.



This is a simple guide on how to set up a raid 0. I recommend setting up a Raid 0 with an even number of identical SATA hard drives.
  • Install your hard drives in your case and plug the sata cables in. If you are planning to overclock, make sure you check your MOBO manual to see which sata ports are locked. You want to use the locked ports for the Raid 0.
  • Remove the jumpers from the back of the hard drives, and put them in a safe place for future use.
  • Prepare to format your computer. Get your windows disc, and the Sata/Raid floppy disc that came with your Mobo.
  • Set the bios to load from CD Rom first, Local Drive second, and Floppy third. (if you don’t have a floppy, you should. They are only 10 dollars. Otherwise borrow one from a friend.)


OK Now We’re Ready!!



  • Start your computer, and put your windows CD in the CD Rom.
  • Shut down your computer.
  • Start your computer and go into the bios. (Press the delete key or your specified key) as the computer is booting up
  • In the bios find and enable the Raid/SATA Ports that you are using. Here is a pic of my bios with them enabled.
  • Exit the bios and get ready to push your F10 key, or whatever key your screen/manual tells you for entering the Flash/Raid Bios.


Now you’re in the Raid Bios.

There are four things you will need to do.

(All Raid bioses are a little different, but the premise is the same.)

  • Set the Stripe/Mirror section to Stripe.
  • Set the Stripe to 16kb, or 32kb. The larger you set the kb, the faster your raid will be BUT the larger you set the kb the less efficient use of hard drive space you will have. (If you have twice the hard drive you’ll ever use, set it high.)
  • Move you hard drives over to the array. The screen will show you your hard drives. You will need to move them over to the array.
  • At some point the Raid bios may ask you if you want to clean/wipe the drives. Say yes.
  • Exit the Raid bios.


Get ready to push F6 quickly



After you've exited the raid bios, it will boot into the windows install setup. When you see "press F6 to setup third party drivers, Hit F6, and insert the floppy disc(If you haven't already). Then it will start the normal format process. It won’t actually read from the floppy disc yet. (If you’ve never formatted a computer before, you have no business trying to set up a Raid)



Watch the bottom of the screen. When it asks you if you have third party drivers press F6 100 times, LOL. (It’s very important that your F keys are on. Some newer keyboards you must enable the F keys on the keyboard.)







Start normal format process.

  • If you have 2 X 100 gig hard drives, it will show up as a 190 gig partition.
  • Set it up NTFS
  • Do the long, not the quick format. You want to format the partition.
  • When it asks for the third party drivers put the Floppy in. Load both sets of drivers on the disc. It will ask for them one at a time. Load the first set on the list first. When that’s done, it will ask again. Load the second set on the list.
  • Leave the floppy in the drive until you’re done loading the full windows operating system. It may need access to the floppy disc during that time.




Enjoy the speed.



I wrote this from memory, and I’m pretty old. If anyone sees anything I’ve missed, let me know.

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post #2 of 16
Great instructions, One thing about the SATA drivers on floppy, some manufactures do not include a disk, but the drivers are on the motherboard disc, All they have to do is put the drives from the motherboard disc on the floppy then they have the third party drivers.

You did a great job with this, its going to help alot.
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post #3 of 16
For the nVidia controller there are two device drives, both of which must be loaded at the F6 prompt.

Also the Stripe to OS Cluster size should be kept at a ration of 4:1 for best performance... the default cluster is 4K so a stripe of 16K should be set. If using a stripe of > 16K then the RAID array must be setup prior to the OS being installed and formated using the new cluster size. However, loading XP with SP2 will fail due to some .DLL files being changed which look for a 4K cluster size so a slip-streamed version is required.

(There are a few threads around here which go into all of this)
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Thanks for the additional information guys. (jrabb120/ncsa) This is the kind of info we need.
post #5 of 16
Nice work Crash and to you to jarabb and ncsa for the extra info!
Great team work.
    
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post #6 of 16
This helped when setting up my RAID-0! Great Job Crash!
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post #7 of 16
doesnt work if your windows CD isnt bootable, like mine ; ;
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post #8 of 16
Very nice faq Crash, job well done.

Can I ask what happens if u need to reset cmos and the "enable raid" in bios is reset to disabled?

Is that the raid lost or can u just re-enable it in bios and select the correct drives?
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@mauquai - yes with any BIOS update or reset the RAID can be disabled in BIOS... so it is a matter of re-enabling it and then the system will see the array again as just prior to the reset / flash.
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Is IDE RAID 0 any different? What do I need to do?
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