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I just got a second 250GB WD in the mail and I'm almost done backing up my system and ready to install it. I'm a bit confused on what I need to do though. I can't find any "RAID Driver Disc". I also know my motherboard didn't come with a floppy disc.

After that, I need to know what stripe size is best to use for two 250GB hard drives. I was thinking about using 64kb, but I don't know if thats the best to use.

I'm using Windows XP Pro (+SP2) and I know it has issues with reading above 137GB on drives.

I think that is all the questions I have, but any helpful or useful comments are welcomed and will be rewarded.
 

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Not sure if your board is the same as my P5B-lux ... but all I have to do is hit <CTRL-I> at the post screen to get to the Intel RAID configuration screen ...

Of course ... this comment being made with absolutely *zero* research regarding your own setup ...
 

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I've read through the last two pages of this forum and many people seem to need a floppy for the RAID drivers. I'm confused since my motherboard didn't come with a floppy disc. Plus it seems weird to me installing drivers at a BIOS level...

The RAID controller is a nForce4 (NF4).
 

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I've read through the last two pages of this forum and many people seem to need a floppy for the RAID drivers. I'm confused since my motherboard didn't come with a floppy disc. Plus it seems weird to me installing drivers at a BIOS level...

The RAID controller is a nForce4 (NF4).

Check this guy's thread: http://www.planetamd64.com/index.php?showtopic=8636&hl=

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First, you'll need to make a Raid floppy. On the MOBO CD there will be a Make disc program, however I'd just D/L the newest ones from Nvidia's website and make you floppy. Next you need to set you hard drive setup to Raid in the BIOS. I can't remember, but it's in one of the Hard drive option tabs. When it's setup right, you'll get the option to press F10 (Ithink) after your system posts, enter the Raid Bios and setup the array. Then during the Windows setup at the begining, you'll need to press F6 and Windows will promt you to load the files off the floppy, you'll need to load 2 files. I'll have my NF4 board back up soon if you have any questions so I'll be able to walk you through a bit better.
 

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First, you'll need to make a Raid floppy. On the MOBO CD there will be a Make disc program, however I'd just D/L the newest ones from Nvidia's website and make you floppy. Next you need to set you hard drive setup to Raid in the BIOS. I can't remember, but it's in one of the Hard drive option tabs. When it's setup right, you'll get the option to press F10 (Ithink) after your system posts, enter the Raid Bios and setup the array. Then during the Windows setup at the begining, you'll need to press F6 and Windows will promt you to load the files off the floppy, you'll need to load 2 files. I'll have my NF4 board back up soon if you have any questions so I'll be able to walk you through a bit better.

The driver I found is 16mb. Thats not fitting on any floppy. Can I use a bootable CD, or just the CD the motherboard came with, and then install the newer drivers once I get into Windows?
 

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Thanks to all who helped me...s1rrah and pjlietz. I got it running and the performance boost is amazing. I had no idea how much faster stuff would install. I dropped about 15s off my boot time too, which is great. Formatting the drives took about 3 hours though, which was a pain in the ass. Time to install games and such, thanks you two.
 

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Thanks to all who helped me...s1rrah and pjlietz. I got it running and the performance boost is amazing. I had no idea how much faster stuff would install. I dropped about 15s off my boot time too, which is great. Formatting the drives took about 3 hours though, which was a pain in the ass. Time to install games and such, thanks you two.

So are you booting off your RAID array?

I've got a 500gig SATA drive up for sale but if it doesn't sell in the next month or two, I might just use it along side my current 500 gig drive in a 1T RAID0 array ...

Glad you got it working ...

 

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Raid 0 is really nice. do you have two 250 gb drives in raid 0? I hear that you get a little more performance using larger drives as well. I run it on two 80gbs and it is still really nice.
 

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So are you booting off your RAID array?

Yup, just the one logical drive for Windows.

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Raid 0 is really nice. do you have two 250 gb drives in raid 0? I hear that you get a little more performance using larger drives as well. I run it on two 80gbs and it is still really nice.

Two 250GB 16mb cache WD drives. You almost always get higher performance with larger drives because of the increased data density.

I think every non-budget build from now on that I do will include some sort of RAID 0. I'm lovin' it
 

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Yea now ive tried RAID0 for the first time I'll never go back to a std drive setup.

Sure it can be a pain in the ass setting it up sometimes but as they say - 'no pain no gain'


I also love how I usually spawn first in BF2, jump in the tank, and get almost halfway across the map before my team has finished spawning because of the faster load times.
 
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