Read Microsoft Article ID # 323434 , Maybe this will help.
I solved it in my own way
1. It seems that with Raid Function turned on and all HDD's in RAID, the Chipset is not bootable => currently i found no clarification, exept you leave at least 1 HDD out of RAID.
2. It seems that with Raid Function turned on, sometimes the CTRL-I Manager is not capable
What steps are necessary for my config?
1. Graded down Bios from 601 to 537 => problems with CTRL-I are gone
2. Switch SATA config to RAID => build Raid5 with 4x 2TB and 1x 2TB with no-member disk
3. Do normal setup WIN7 64 with driver x64 from Intel MB CD AHCI driver, setup recognizes 1HDD 2TB => make partition and install WIN7
4. Full install of MB CD utils Intel=> Matrix Storage Manager => do initialize on RAID 5 5,7TB.
Machine is running fine, exept i missed 1 SATA port => 4 for the Raid + 1 for Boot drive + 1 for SATA DVD Burner, but there are only 5 ports available => need to install a PCIe SATA 2 port card.
Initialising of RAID now runs for 36 hours and has about 75% done, I'm waiting for first Crystal Disk Mark .
What are the benefits?
- solution is very cheap
- designed for network storage and media playing, using an intel i3 needs only memory chips and thing is running
What is gone wrong?
- RAID only is not bootable, therefore if you want to use 4HDD's + 1 bootdrive => 1 SATA slot is missing for DVD/Bluray
for all guys thinking about microsoft striping, combine volumes and so on, forget it, we talk here about a cheap hardware raid=> this means OS recognizes the RAID as one big drive without any special software and management is not done by OS!!! it is done by the RAID Controller. Therefore the solution from Intel is not a classical one, cause a few functions are mixed up in the chipset,one of them is raid functionality, and not on an extra card with his own cpu, but we talk about a cheap solution.
I bought a new WD 2TB hdd (WD20EARS) ... this disk does not get detected at all in the bios ... can you suggest anything here .. plz.
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