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post #1 of 10
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I have a DFI NF3 250 and want to go raid 0. I have 2x 120 GB SATA drives but I have no idea how to get them raided and then install windows. If anyone could link to a guide for this motherboard or knows how to do this please reply.

(I keep finding guides for socket A mobos and IDE raids etc. )
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post #2 of 10
I will try to walk you through this. You first have to have the raid drivers for the raid O. Format both drives and install them. When you go the install windoes it will ask you if you would like to install a 3rd party raid, at this point you will have to be fast and hit F6 or F8. I can't remember what one it is. At some point in the install it will ask for the raid 0 drivers. Put in the floppy and install the drivers, but do not remover the floppy. It may need them again
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post #3 of 10
Enable raid in the bios, then select the two drives, and put them into a striped array. Then youre ready to install windows!

Immediately after entering windows setup you will see a message at the bottom of the screen saying "press f6 to install third party scsi or raid drivers now".

PRESS F6 when thats up... wait a minute while the junk loads.
then it will come to a screen asking you to insert a disk into drive: A, that contains the drivers, you must use a 3.5 floppy btw, windows is stuck in legacy mode and the last century.

Pick out the drivers that you'll be using, and install them, and let it do it's thing. Later you will be asked where you want to install windows, select the one that's obviously the raid.
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post #4 of 10
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Ok, I have the floppy with the nvidia raid drivers on it, and I know what you are talking about during the windows install but I could not find an option to enable raid in the bios =/.
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post #5 of 10
Have a read through this FAQ and also see the screen shots in the nF4 FAQ - link in my sig... similar operation to nF3.
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post #6 of 10
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thanks for the help, going to start backing up.
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post #7 of 10
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Question - I can use different brand drives right. ex - Seagate 120 and WD 120s?
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post #8 of 10
umm with raid, some mobos you have to press tab during boot up. and press f6 during the start of windows

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Originally Posted by mirunit
Question - I can use different brand drives right. ex - Seagate 120 and WD 120s?
i think so (as long as their the same size)... doesn't it all come down your partioning?... better check on that
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Quote:
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Question - I can use different brand drives right. ex - Seagate 120 and WD 120s?


They should work as long as there the same speed, cache, capacity.
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post #10 of 10
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Thanks for the help, got it working and the speed boost is nice!
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