3 Replies Latest reply on May 23, 2012 11:25 AM by Gize

    D975XBX2 and RAID1


      Realize this is an old MB, but need to get this RAID1 set up. According to docs I've seen on the Intel site this MB can handle RAID as is. Found a nifty PDF on Intel (Intel Matrix Storage Manager) that has the best instructions I've seen for setting this up. Trying to do a 'Migration', as the OS installed is exactly as I need it. System is Win7, dual 320GB drives (same model), 8GB RAM, Intel Quad core.


      Given that, doc says to enable RAID in BIOS...


      1. <F2> (OK)

      2. Advanced menu, then Drive Config (OK)

      3. Switch Drive Mode option from Legacy to Enhanced (Boo-Hiss!)

      4. Enable RAID Technology (OK)

      5. <F10>


      Needless to say, without #3 it fails. Without that setting we're going nowhere. My BIOS, the latest Intel put out for this board, does not have that option (but does have the RAID option in #4 above).


      Thoughts appreciated.



        • 1. Re: D975XBX2 and RAID1

          Hello John,


          I understand that you want to use RAID on your Intel(R) Desktop Board DX975XBX2.


          In regards to your inquire, you only need to enter BIOS, change the SATA ports to RAID ( Switch Drive Mode option from Legacy to Enhanced that is on older motherboards, this one does it by itself) then press F10 to save and exit.

          Now if you are looking to start a RAID system, then get in to the Option ROM ( Ctrl+i) and create a RAID, if you wish to make a RAID ready, then install the operating system normally.


          You cannot use your previous operating system installation as you did not installed the RAID drivers during the operating system installation.





          • 2. Re: D975XBX2 and RAID1



            Unfortunately that's the killer (unable to use the current OS). This system runs a 24/7 live weather forecasting site - http://tiggrweather.net/ - which has honestly taken 5 years to get the system to the point it is at now. There are upwards of 15 programs doing FTPs at intervals of 5 seconds to 15 minutes. There is no way I can have the system down for the amount of time it would take to get it back to even a beginning status. Also, since Intel does not have drivers for Win7, it would still fail. Unfortunate that Intel didn't make that clear when I installed the first OS.


            Thanks for the reply.



            • 3. Re: D975XBX2 and RAID1

              You can migrate to a RAID 1 after the O/S is installed, I just tested it on an Intel D945GTP (82801GR / ICH7R)


              I'll assume you are using the ICH7R ports and not the discrete ports (Marvell).


              1.  Backup all data.

              2.  Follow the steps under 'Let me fix it myself' here:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976  (you will only need to enable iastorV).

              3.  Reboot, and change the HDD setting to RAID within the BIOS.

              4.  Boot to Windows, and once you have logged in, new devices should be found.  You'll be asked to reboot.

              5.  Once you are back into Windows, run the Intel RST package:  http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=20984&keyword=  Reboot.

              6.  You can now migrate to a RAID 1 volume by using the Intel RST software from within Windows.  Guide here (section 8.2 - 'RAID-Ready to 2-drive RAID 1'):  http://download.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/irst_user_guide.pdf