Originally Posted by jck
I have a question. I've built a new system with:
1 SATA SSD 64GB
1 SATA BD-ROM/DVD-RW
4x500GB SATA drives
1x750GB SATA drive
Right now, I have the 4x500GB, 64GB SSD, and 750GB HDs on the 6xSATA controller. I have the SSD as the boot drive and loaded with Win XP x64.
Whenever I switch it from IDE to RAID in the BIOS, the SSD can not boot. The scan that the RAID does sees the SSD (on SATA5) as a RAID device, even though I did not allocate it to an LD in the RAID utility.
Can anyone tell me if it's possible to setup just the 4x500GB drives (on SATA1-4) to be a RAID 1+0, and still access the SSD as an IDE or ACHI device without having to rip this apart and reconfigure how all the drives are plugged in?
Thanks for any help you can give.
You have to re-do it all. Meaning, reformat, re-install, basically start from scratch. Don't forget to run Sanitary Erase on the SSD before you reinstall O/S. Do not format it only.
Sorry, forgot to mention, you're going to need to slipstream a XP x64 disk with the raid driver in it, or you will need a floppy to install the raid drivers during install. You can not do this after installing Windows in IDE mode as you've already seen.
To do what you want, you need to set-up the bios to utilize the sata controller in RAID. And, as you've seen, when you do this, the "IDE" mode drive (your SSD and 750) will no longer be usable as it was, different interface.
Then you will "cntr+f" during post to enter the RAID configuration utility.
Next create a RAID array, and add the drives you want in the array into it. Whatever drives you do not add into the array, will be used in AHCI mode as "JBOD's" (just a bunch of disks).
Then you will shut down and disconnect all drives except the SSD, this is important, because if you do not do this, then when you load windows it will utilize another drive with the MBR, and you do not want this.
Load windows on the SSD, boot into windows, install drivers and then shut down again.
Re-connect the other drives, verify they show up as an array and another single disk in the bios, and you are all set.
In windows Computer Management/Disk Management you can then reassign drive letters how you want them.
MarcEdited by mduclow - 11/28/09 at 1:52pm