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Firstly, i have never used this board, but i will try to see if i can help on this.
Create a RAID 1 on 2 hdds using the Onboard Controller.
Connect the two HDDs on the first two sata ports.
Go into the BIOS,
Configure the drive as RAID.
Save and Exit
Once the POST loads, Press Ctrl + E to go onto the RAID Bios Oprom.
Go to Management Menu >> Configure >> Press enter to Select this Option
Configuration Menu >> New Configuration >> Press enter to Select this Option
Yes >> Press enter to Select this Option
New Configuration from Array Selection Menu
0 - Ready - Press Space to Select this drive - It will change to Online Axx-xx
1 - Ready - Press Space to Select this drive - It will change to Online Axx-xx
Then Press F10 to configure the RAID
Then Press Space to Select the Configurable Array (It will show Span -X)
Then press F10 again to configure it
Choose the RAID level for this Virtual Drive
Select the RAID 0/1/5
Press enter to choose the appropriate settings
Accept and Press enter to save COnfiguration
Select Yes to continue
Press F3 to view your Virtual Drive configuration
Then if everything is fine, go to Initialise
Press Space to Select the VD
Press F10 to initialise it (Note this process will erase everything on the drive)
Save and Exit.
More information can be found on these link:
Make sure you slipstreamed the raid F6 driver if you are using Windows XP/2003 etc if Windows vista/2008/7, download the driver onto a USB and load the driver.
Note: This file can be extraxted using Winrar for example.
Now if your system does not come with an internal floppy disk drive, otherwise use a software to slipstream the driver and thus creating a new OS already integrated with the F6 drivers. Make a new Bootable ISO image and burn it on a CD.
Software like Nlite allows you to do this.
Check this website for Nlite:
Burn the new OS image onto a CD
Install the OS
Install all the required drivers and utilities from the Intel Website.
Create a RAID 5 using the SRCS16 Intel (R) Raid Controller.
Connect your 5 hdds from raid controller to the drive connector.
Press Ctrl + G to enter the raid oprom bios.
Create your RAID 5.
Save and Exit.
Refer to this link for drivers, utilities, manual, compatibility.
All the best,
Aryan. Thank you for this. When I searched for "embedded sata raid drivers", the driver that you pointed me to was not a result of my search. I used your recommendation and I was able to get Windows installed. However, the 2nd hard drive LED never lit up during the Windows install and beyond even though I had chosen "span x" during the raid configuration. Is there a Windows software that I can install to verify that both drives are truly connected and mirrored?
Thank you Aryan for the quick response. I have confirmed that the "F6" driver initially downloaded by me was wrong and the driver he pointed me to was correct.