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SOLVED BY DOING A SOFTWARE RAID, BUT NEW QUESTION AT POST #9

Hey Guys and Gals,

It's been awhile since I've played with RAID and can't remember how to get this set up for a build that is NOT my sig rig.

Here's the system:
Biostar A780L3G w/ RAID 0/1/10 support
Kingston 64GB SSD
2 x 1TB Samsung F3
Windows 7 64-bit Professional

So I connected the Kingston SSD and installed Windows. I'm now ready to setup the pair of Samsungs for a RAID 1 array for the user to have automatic backup of his data. I just don't remember how to do it haha.

Anyone want to refresh my memory? I've poked around the BIOS and didn't see anything (except some option in the Southbridge menu that made the comp blue screen next boot).

Also, I now have the two Samsung's plugged in (SATA power connectors and SATA HDD --> Motherboard connectors) but they don't show up in the Computer menu. All I see is the C drive and DVD drive.... any thoughts? The BIOS detects the pair of Samsungs, Windows doesn't.

If you look at the pic of the Biostar board in the link provided, I have things plugged in (from left to right according to that pic) as SSD, DVD drive, Samsung F3, Samsung F3.
Edited by durch - 4/23/11 at 5:41pm
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post #2 of 9
Change SATA mode to RAID, add non SSD drives to RAID array on boot (will have an extra boot menu now).

Also, RAID does enable AHCI which will also be applicable to non-raid members.
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Ok, under the "Chipset" menu I had an option for configuring the Southbridge. I went into that menu, and there were these two options:

OnChip SATA Channel: enable/diable
OnChip SATA Type: Native IDE / RAID / AHCI / Legacy IDE / IDE -> AHCI

The channel has to be enabled to even open that second option. By default, the second option is set to Native IDE. Windows boots fine in this mode, but I don't even see my Samsung hard drives when I go into "Computer" in Windows.

If I change that option to RAID, I can access a menu during boot by pressing "ctrl + f". In that menu, I have the following options:

1 View Drive Assignments
2 Define LD
3 Delete LD
4 Controller Configuration

I pressed 2, and in that area I was able to assign the two Samsung drives to a RAID 1 array. However, when it tries to boot into Windows, it instantly blue screens before even splashing my desktop. By the way, I should mention that before I even figured out how to setup the RAID 1 array, it blue screened from just changing the OnChip SATA Type from Native IDE to RAID.

Any ideas?
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Do this:
http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/fo...r-Installation

And yes, the 'channel' has to be enabled to select mode because without it you are deactivating the controller.
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So you're saying that I should NOT choose the "RAID" option, but to instead follow those instructions, reboot into BIOS< and choose "AHCI" instead?
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Ok I followed all instructions. I still can't see either of my Samsung drives when I go into "Computer" from the start menu. And now how do I get them in RAID 1?
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Ok, I figured it out. Real simple solution... the drives just needed to be formatted as a Mirrored Volume in Windows. Here I was trying to be all fancy with the BIOS and all I had to do was format in Windows.

For those with a similar problem:
1) Right click on "Computer" in the Start Menu, choose "Manage".
2) On the left side of the window, click on "Storage" and the "Disk Management".
3) Click on one of the drives meant for RAID and choose to create a mirrored volume.

Easy-peasy!
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Just note now you are using a Windows specific array that is independent of your controller.
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So what would happen to the data on the RAID 1 hard drives if Windows was, say, uninstalled from the SSD? Would the data on the RAID 1 hard drives stay intact? And if so, would the RAID 1 be able to be resumed once Windows was reinstalled?

EDIT: If the software RAID I did through Windows is ill-advised, could someone please help me with my original problem? How the heck do I hardware RAID 1 the two Samsung drives with Windows 7 installed on the 64GB SSD? During boot, I don't see any options to do a hardware RAID. What's the keyboard command??
Edited by durch - 4/23/11 at 5:21pm
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