Build a new system based on intel 2500k CPU and Z68 motherboard.
I had two identical 500 GB drives already, so I bought a 120 GB SSD to use as a cache.
I want to use Intel Smart Response Technology to accelerate my RAID 1 array.
Despite some research, I cannot figure out if a RAID 1 array can be accelerated with SRT.
This is what Gigabyte has to say about it:
"Since we haven't tested whether RAID 1 configuration can work with Intel RST + SRT, we can not promise it works well with RAID 1 configuration. Therefore, we will test this case and when the result comes out, we will inform you immediately."
"After confirming and testing, Intel RST can't be work with RAID configuration, since RAID configuration have been accelerated already. However, it will be fine to do Intel RST with HDD which do not make RAID configuration. We are sorry for the inconvenience."
If SRT on RAID is not possible, why does the intel Rapid Storage Technology app not give a warning? The interface seems to support it!
And is RAID 1 "in itself" really accelerated? I thought that was RAID 0!
Should I use the 120 GB SSD as ReadyBoost instead? I bought this motherboard thinking I would be able to use SRT, that was one of the features that made me buy it in the first place.
After Reboot today, I get this message in the RST taskbar applet:
Accelerate (Intel SRT)
The accelerated disk or volume associated with the cache device is inaccessible, and
the overall performance is no longer optimized. Please reconnect the accelerated disk or volume, or click Accelerate for more troubleshooting options.
SSD on port 0: Normal
What is that supposed to mean? The "accelerated volume" is on the RAID 1 HDD, and they certainly are available. That's my system boot disk!
Also the Verify checker finds 95 verification errors on the RAID 1 volume (this took hours to reach 100% checked), but seemingly does not repair them.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post!
I'm very confused by SRT, and there doesn't seem to be a dedicated forum for intel RST/SRT topics.
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I followed the instructions in the printed guide:
1. In BIOS, enable XHD & RAID. (selecting XHD forces RAID)
2. Set up two 500 GB of identical make and model as RAID 1 (mirror)
3. Set up to boot from RAID Volume0
4. Installed Windows 7 to RAID array.
5. Installed drivers from the mobo DVD-ROM.
6. Enabled 'Accelerate' in Intel RST applet (as per manu
7. Once, after windows update, get blue screen before login screen
8. Reboot, hold Ctrl+I to enter RAID menu:
Intel Rapid Storage Technology - Option ROM - 10.6.0.1091
ID Name Level Size Bootable
0 Volume_0000 RAID0(Stripe) 47.8 Yes
1 Volume_0001 RAID0(Cache) 64.0 No
2 Volume0 RAID1(Mirror) 465.8 Yes
Port Device Model Size Type/Status(Vol ID)
0 OCZ-AGILITY3 111.7 Cache Disk(0,1)
2 wdc wd5000aads-0 465.7 Member Disk(2)
3 wdc wd5000aads-0 465.7 Member Disk(2)
9. I changed nothing, and rebooted into Windows 7. This time it worked.
10. In Intel RST dock applet, under Storage System View, it shows
112 GB ---- SSD*, RAID 0, Data volume, 48 GB -- SRT*, RAID 0, Cache volume, 64 GB
466 GB ---- Volume0, Accelerated, RAID 1, 466 GB