4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2010 3:24 PM by woodroce RSS

    Help with a RAID 1 kindly requested!

    woodroce

      Hi,

       

       

      I just built my first RAID in a machine a made last year.  The OS (Vista) is on a 500 gig drive and I am trying to add two brand new 500 gig drives to this system in a RAID 1.  I have gone through everything that I can think of and don't know what to do next.  I guess I bit off more than I can chew thinking that I could do this.

       

      Motherboard - Asus P5Q

      OS - Vista Ultimate 32bit

      All hard drives are Western Digital and the two new ones are exactly the same with very close serial numbers.

       

      I have done all my updates (windows, bios, Intel Matrix Storage Console, etc...)

       

       



      The RAID shows up here:



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      And here:



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      And here:



      http://i672.photobucket.com/albums [...] anager.jpg



      But, I just don't know what to do next to get it to show up here:




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      Got any ideas?

       

      I sure will appreciate if you know how I can get this working.

        • 1. Re: Help with a RAID 1 kindly requested!
          woodroce

          Okay, here's what I did-

          I had three 500 gig drives, two brand new. I set the drive configuration in the bios to "raid" before I did anything. Then, with one drive hooked up, I installed Vista. Once I had vista going, I installed all the mobo files, updated Vista and got the lasted Intel Matrix Storage Console. I then shut down the computer and hooked up the two new hard drives. When it booted up I did the "cnrl-i" and told it which drives to make a RAID 1 with. Everything looks good.

          I am at the stage where I have the RAID, I mean VOLUME listed as a drive that is Unallocated.  I was just recently told THIS:

          "Press Start - right click My Computer - Manage - Disk Management.
          New RAID Volumes and single HDDs will here be seen as Unallocated.
          Initialize - (Partition) - Format."


          I was able to right click on the drive (Volume) and get it to initialize, but I don't know how to format it. The only option I have is to create a "simple Volume" But that says it can only be done on single disks! I don't get it. What do I do?

          I feel that I am really close to getting this working.  Any help I can get will be great!

          • 2. Re: Help with a RAID 1 kindly requested!
            Aryan2411

            Hello,

             

            What are you trying to do?

             

            Let me summarize:

            - you have got a system with one non-raid hdd with an OS vista installed Correct?

            - You have 2 other hdds non-raid, but you want to create a raid 1 mirroring Correct?

             

            If both are correct, here are the steps that i have used all the times on most intel desktop board.

             

            Since an OS vista is already installed on the nonraid disk, everything will be much easier compared to a windows xp as vista should have the f6 raid driver.

             

            Steps:

            - connect the 2 non-raid hdds to the two unused sata ports

              example

              1st hdd non raid to sata port 0

              2nd hdd raid to sata port 1

              3rd hdd raid to sata port 2

              dvd drive to last sata port.

             

            - go into the bios, set the sata as raid (not ahci or ide)

            - save and exit

            - press ctrl + i to enter the raid oprom bios.

            - create the raid 1 by selecting the correct sata drives.

            - save and exit.

            - your raid disk should be online and bootable on the screen.

             

            Continue to OS which was installed on the 1st non raid drive. (note for xp, you should get a blue screen of death as there is no f6 raid driver)

            Go to my computer>> disk management >> format the raid partition.

            Install the latest Intel Storage Matrix Manager and you will see your raid volume.

             

            All the best,

             

            Kind Regards,

            Aryan.

            • 3. Re: Help with a RAID 1 kindly requested!
              PeterUK

              I was able to right click on the drive (Volume) and get it to initialize, but I don't know how to format it. The only option I have is to create a "simple Volume" But that says it can only be done on single disks! I don't get it. What do I do?

               

              Thats windows talking it don't know its a RAID 1 it just sees space your RAID 1 is ready just format it.

              • 4. Re: Help with a RAID 1 kindly requested!
                woodroce

                Aryan and Peter-  THANK YOU!

                 

                I just found out a bunch of stuff at another forum, came back here and then you guys confirmed it and BAM!

                 

                ♬♪Bravo and hallelujah! ♪ ♬

                 

                I am STYLIN' over here!

                 

                Thanks thanks and more thanks to you and those like you that help us technical flunkies!

                 

                THANK YOU!!!!!