Intel Core i7 2600K LGA 1155
Kingston ValueRAM KVR1333D3N9K2/8G 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3
Fractal Designs Array R2 w/ PSU
Western Digital Green 2TB WD20EARX
Skymaster Mini Wireless Keyboard Mouse Presenter Combo
Super Talent 64GB CoreStore MV - SR64C8MME
Things I knew:
K series CPUs can be over-clocked
The board doesn’t support it
WD EAR drives can be a bitch to align.
I want to reuse these parts in the future for different builds
Things I learned:
Cant boot into a volume larger than 2 TB
Onboard Mini PCIe slot actually supports booting from a true Mini PCIe Solid state drive
Zotac Bios make no sense
6 2TB Drives connected to the motherboard configured in RAID5 single volume spanned across SATA 2/3 ports. works ok, been initialising the volume since Sunday night its now 60% on Tuesday morning.
Write Back Caching Turned ON - 130MB\s Sustained RAID 5 write under Windows 7 (3 x 100GB Files)
Write Back Caching Turned OFF - 25MB\s Sustained RAID5 write under Windows 7 (3 x 100GB Files)
I'm glad I've found this thread since I started to believe it wouldn't be possible to get my system running in RAID mode.
As you people have obviously figured out how to get the Zotac board running in RAID mode, would you please advise me how to get Windows Home Server 2011 installed. I'm lost here.
I try to use a dedicated SSD on SATA port 1 as system drive plus 4 SATA HDDs in a RAID 5 array on ports 3-6.
I've tried an unattended setup of WHS 2011 using the setup DVD and a USB stick with a setup config file and a drivers directory, which is referenced in the config file. As I can see in the setup log file, drivers in the drivers directory are being installed during the first part of the setup. Although I'm not sure at the moment whether the Intel RAID driver is being installed. Anyway - after rebooting the system doesn't start from the SSD. The error message states that the boot loader cannot be found.
Can anyone please advise me how to set boot options in the UEFI to make it start from the SSD and finally get my urgently awaited home server running?
Thanks in advance!