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post #11 of 19
You could always look at the A8N FAQ here at OC.net - it has the RAID Drivers

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Thanks Alot Bro, Now if someone could just tell what all i have to do? Do i put that whole that i got from your FAQ after i extracted it? Like put the whole thing on a floppy and then when i goto install windows use that floppy? what am i missing here??
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post #13 of 19
It will be best to use the nF4 Controller for the SATA drives and for RAID, in the BIOS Enable RAID for this controller, disable the Sillicon controller and enable which HD Drives are to be in the RAID Array.

Reboot enter the RAID BIOS and setup the RAID Array type, drives to be included in the Array and Stripe size - optimum is 16K.

The RAID Drivers in the FAQ will fit on a single FD, then when you install the OS press F6 to load additional drivers.

For the nF4 there are 2 drivers - both must be loaded.

The Array should become visible then create a partition and install the OS.

Be sure to upgrade to the latest nF4 Chipset drivers once the OS is up and running.

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post #14 of 19
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What kind of performance increase am i gonna see by setting up a IDE RAID 0 Config VS 1 Single IDE?
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post #15 of 19
Have a look here for Hard Drive comparison... RAID-0 will give you a significant performance for all HDD activities. An IDE RAID-0 may not have the same performance gain as for those on a SATA Controller.

The best way to find out is to try and see for yourself.
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I've also got a A8N premuim MB. Running 2 SATA's in raid 0 on the Nvidia controller Excellent!! But now I have got 3 extra SATA drives. Is the Sill controller bootable in raid 0? Then I can move my raid 0 there and have enough connections for the other HDD,s
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Originally Posted by ncsa
... setup the RAID Array type, drives to be included in the Array and Stripe size - optimum is 16K.
can you tell me why 16k is optimal? reset a 3 drive 600gb array just the other day, the raid controller set the "optimal" to 64k, and after i recreated it with 128k i noticed a rather large boost in HDTach... when compared the the 64k array bench

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I have a ASUS A8N SLI and i need to reformat, and i was thinking that while i was at i was gonna set up a IDE as RAID 0 Array, but how am i gonna make a floppy with a driver on it with the mobo cd?, is there any other way that i can do this?? Pls Help me

the nf4 sli chipset supports raid across the nf4 IDE and SATA connectors.
you will probably not be able to transfer an array to the Sill controller, and visa versa

Version V6.65 2005/11/14 update
OS Win2K / WinXP / Win2003 / WinXP 64bit / Win2003 64bit
Description NVIDIA chipset drivers disk for Windows 2000, Windows XP/2003 32bit and Windows XP/2003 64bit.

http://dlsvr03.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mis...eDisk_V665.zip

that has the bootdisk drivers you asked for, broken down into several OS based directories, with makedisk.exe to write the floppy image.

MakeDisk_V665.zip\\MakeDisk\\XP_32\\sataraid\\Make Disk.exe is probably exactly what you want

if you have RAID enabled for the IDE contoller(s) in the bios, the IDE drives will show up in the RAID manager (press f10 on boot before the system looks for a cd/hdd to boot from)
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post #18 of 19
It is possible to swap between the nVidia and Sillicon RAID Controllers...ensure that both controllers are enabled and the drivers are installed in the OS. Then swap across the SATA Cables - check that the new controller is configured for the same RAID array type and reboot. I have done this myself... but only for 32-bit OS and not 64-bit.

You will find that the Sillicon controller may drop off if OC'ing as it is on th PCI bus so you must fix this to 33Mhz in the BIOS.

Quote:
Originally Posted by soundmann
I've also got a A8N premuim MB. Running 2 SATA's in raid 0 on the Nvidia controller Excellent!! But now I have got 3 extra SATA drives. Is the Sill controller bootable in raid 0? Then I can move my raid 0 there and have enough connections for the other HDD,s
There are a couple of reasons... with the key factor being a Ratio of 4:1, that is Stripe to Cluster. The Default Cluster for the OS is 4K so the Stripe should be 16K, also the OS Page file expects to be on a partition that has 4K clusters. The controllers defaults do not know what the Array will be running - so large files will benefit from a larger strip and cluster but smaller files will then use up more disk space as the cluster is the smallest size. e.g Stripe 128K : Cluster 32K... a file being 76K requires 3 clusters or will take up 96K on the HDD.

Now if you use a Cluster > 4K then you will have to create the array, partitions and format using the non-default cluster size. When installing the OS, esp XP SP2 this will need to be slipped streamed with the RAID Array drivers as it will fail to boot corretcly due to expecting 4K clusters.

And of course there can only be one Stripe size per RAID Array. Choose the best one for your system's operation and file sizes to be used.

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can you tell me why 16k is optimal? reset a 3 drive 600gb array just the other day, the raid controller set the "optimal" to 64k, and after i recreated it with 128k i noticed a rather large boost in HDTach... when compared the the 64k array bench




the nf4 sli chipset supports raid across the nf4 IDE and SATA connectors.
you will probably not be able to transfer an array to the Sill controller, and visa versa

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that has the bootdisk drivers you asked for, broken down into several OS based directories, with makedisk.exe to write the floppy image.

MakeDisk_V665.zip\\MakeDisk\\XP_32\\sataraid\\Make Disk.exe is probably exactly what you want

if you have RAID enabled for the IDE contoller(s) in the bios, the IDE drives will show up in the RAID manager (press f10 on boot before the system looks for a cd/hdd to boot from)
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post #19 of 19
Thanx dude. Will do. Let you know if there where trouble.
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