3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 4, 2011 7:42 PM by millersh

    DQ67SW - How to install Raid 5 on Win 7?

    BigJohnL

      I'm doing a fresh install of Win 7, and want to install it on a Raid 5 (3 drives).  How do I do that?

        • 1. Re: DQ67SW - How to install Raid 5 on Win 7?
          millersh

          Create a RAID5 using the Option ROM.  (hit "ctrl" and 'i" key during the bios boot).

          Select "Create Volume" in Option ROM.

          Choose RAID5 level and select desired disks.

           

          Then proceed with the normal Windows 7 install steps.

          The Windows 7 disc should automatically recognize the RAID5 volume.

          • 2. Re: DQ67SW - How to install Raid 5 on Win 7?

            Thank you for your useful reply!  I was unaware of the ctl-i function; the initial boot screen flashes so fast that I had not seen it, and although I have studied Intel's information about this board, I had never come across that particular item.

             

            At any rate, I did an ordinary install of Win 7-64 with all updates on one of the three 1T disks, then used the Rapid Storage Technology app to convert the system to a 3-drive Raid 5.

             

            The result seems OK, except that the system shows only 1T (932G) available on the Raid volume, even though all 3 drives are shown as comprising the volume.  My understanding is that the capacity of a Raid 5 volume made up of 3 identical drives should be twice the cap[acity of one of the drives.

             

            So, two questions:

            1) How do I slow or stop the initial boot screen so that I can read and use it?

            2) How do I bring the Raid configuration to its' full capacity?

             

            Thanks much!

            • 3. Re: DQ67SW - How to install Raid 5 on Win 7?
              millersh

              So, two questions:

              1) How do I slow or stop the initial boot screen so that I can read and use it?

              I am not aware of a way to extend the initial boot screen.

               

              2) How do I bring the Raid configuration to its' full capacity?

              Why did you not create the RAID5 volume in the Option ROM before installing like I said?!!

               

              Now you will have to perform a "Capacity Expansion".

               

              What version of RST do you have installed?

               

              You may need to download RST 10.1.  It is located here: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/confirm.aspx?httpDown=http://downloadmirror.intel.com/19607/eng/iata_enu.exe&lang=eng&Dwnldid=19607

               

               

              You will need to perform a "Capacity Expansion" to extend the RAID volume to the full capacity of the disks.