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Ok, I used Crash's RAID 0 guide http://www.overclock.net/faqs/48758-...ers-guide.html, and I'm having some troubles.

I set everything up as he said and as shown in his pics. The only difference is in the pic that shows the array detail: http://www.overclock.net/attachments...g?d=1128387518

Everything is exactly the same on that except for the size of the hard drives, obviously. I have 69.24gb for each drive and my stripe is 138.49. The only other difference is that under adapt, mine says 1 for each of them instead of 2. I don't know if that is relevant.

So everything seems to be fine, but when I go to partition the drives, there are two separate drives at 70 something instead of one big drive. I've tried doing different things and nothing works. I've tried even formatting the hard drives in a couple different ways and it formats each drive after a partition had to be made on both and then windows fails to load after...

I need the help because after this step, my pc will finally be functioning.
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post #2 of 10
Just clarify.. the MB in use is the DFI nF4 Ultra-D.

The 1 = the adaptor number and I believe that you only have 4 ports.

To back step a bit...

Make sure that you flash the BIOS to 623-3 and then re-enable the nVidia RAID controler for the SATA ports to be used.

Restart the System and press F10 to ocnfigure the RAID Array ... Assign drives for Stipping and Stripe Size for 16K, aslo Set Boot.

Restart .. Raid message should declare that the array is healthy and be approx. 140Gb.

Start the OS and press F6 - load both the nVidia RAID controller drivers ... if need be use the ones attached to my FAQ on the nF4 as these I know are good workers.

The OS should then find the Array and allow you to create a partition.
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Yes, that is my mobo.

I had NOT flashed my bios yet and I press F6 with my floppy in during that third party drivers part, but I never get to the point again where it ask me to install. And my f keys are active.

Hopefully the flashing of the bios will work. And here comes my noob question, lol. How do I flash my bios? I have to make a bootable floppy or something right?
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You have to enable riad in the bios, then on boot up it will give you a prompt to enter the riad setup tools, thats where you set up your raid drives, after that do the F6 when you install windows.
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Originally Posted by jrabb1920
You have to enable riad in the bios, then on boot up it will give you a prompt to enter the riad setup tools, thats where you set up your raid drives, after that do the F6 when you install windows.
Ok, I enabled raid in the bios, and the appropriate ports. I then enter the raid setup, put striping, 16k, move the drives over to the array and I then hit the F6, but it goes on with the windows. And my f buttons are active, hmm.

Either way, I'll have to flash won't I since I have a dual core?

And I've never flashed and it seems somewhat complicated. How about this alternative posed on DFI's bios page:
http://www.dfi.com.tw/Support/mb_faq...YPE=US&SITE=US

Although I don't know if I have to have windows installed to do it that way.

And should I instead use the 623-3 off of DFI's site instead? I has the flash and bin file, and also has .bat file.
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post #6 of 10
Format a floppy in Windows so that it is bootable and then download the 623-3 and AWDflash files from here:

http://www.overclock.net/354106-post1.html

Copy these onto the Floppy disk and boot .. it will automatically update you to 623-3 BIOS.

Recheck the RAID BIOS options and make sure the array is good . ...

Stipping : 16K Stripe : Boot drive

CTRL-X to save Exit and reinstall the OS.
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post #7 of 10
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OK, first WOOOOOOOOOOOT! Typing to you from the new pc!

The part I was missing was the installing of the RAID controllers. For some reason, I would see SCSI adapters on that screen and never caught on that that was the screen where I was supposed to install my nvidia raid controllers.

Anyway, yeah, the OS is up and running now. I believe, correct me if I'm wrong, but it's much easier to update the bios with windows installed? Can't I like do it through some program now so it's a lot less painful or dangerous?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JoMaMaz
OK, first WOOOOOOOOOOOT! Typing to you from the new pc!

The part I was missing was the installing of the RAID controllers. For some reason, I would see SCSI adapters on that screen and never caught on that that was the screen where I was supposed to install my nvidia raid controllers.

Anyway, yeah, the OS is up and running now. I believe, correct me if I'm wrong, but it's much easier to update the bios with windows installed? Can't I like do it through some program now so it's a lot less painful or dangerous?

Yes a lot easier.
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post #9 of 10
Excellent news

Yes you can update the BIOS via Windows using WinFlash ... it is not always reliable though .. hence I always use the Floppy disk method.... which in some crash cases could be the only access you have.

Note that any flash update will reset your nVidia RAID controller to disabled .. just re-enable the SATA ports in use within the BIOS and away you go again ... you will not have to reinstall the OS or the like.
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Great news!

And thanks again to both of you!
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