Apparently, this has been discussed already here: DQ67SW - SATA password and RAID
So, additional questions: has this been looked at? Was it planned to be fixed for future motherboard releases, is it something that could be fixed with a Bios update? Is it a bios or a controller limitation?
This answers my question 1 above but 2 and 3 are still valid.
KarinmB, that’s a limitation on Intel Storage controller, when RAID mode is enabled the hard drive password is not available.
In order to create a RAID array using the Intel SATA ports, it is necessary to choose RAID mode, however you can leave the SATA mode as AHCI and create the RAID 1 using the Marvel controller.
Make sure you download the correct Marvel drivers from the CD or the download center.
Remember to leave the SSD on SATA 0.
Thanks for the answer Sylvia. Is the controller limitation something that can be corrected in the future via a BIOS upgrade?
Do you have links to the Marvel drivers? I can't find any in the download center.
Also, someone seemed to report here that it's not possible to set RAID mode for the Marvel controller in the bios in an older board, as it seemed to be the case for me, the bios doesn't let change from anything else than AHCI: Re: Does DZ77BH-55K offer RAID with onboard Marvell 88SE9172 Could you check on that as well?
Not that I want to be annoying or anything, but do you have a link to the lastest Marvel drivers? The Marvell website also doesn't have anything, they only have drivers for the chipsets used on PCIe cards.
And could those Intel controller limitations be fixed with a bios/firmware update? If it's possible, are there any plans to do so?
KarimB, I’m afraid to say that it is not possible to create a RAID using the Marvel controllers. I apologize for the information provide.
There were previous motherboards such as the DH61BE, the DZ68BC and the DZ79SR that allowed you to created RAID on any of the 2 controllers.
I just tested the DZ79SR. I set the Intel SATA controller on AHCI mode. I did not have an option to change the Marvell controller to RAID, but I was able to access Marvel RAID settings pressing Ctrl+M and I created a RAID 0.
Would you please provide me the tech spec where its says that supports RAID 1?
Well you're right, there's nothing explicitly saying that the Marvel supports RAID1, but there's nothing saying that it doesn't either. There's only mention of 8 SATA ports with possibilities of RAID 0,1,5,10. It's spec of the Marvel chipset that says it can do RAID 0 or RAID 1. Sorry, I mixed it up a little.
Any chance the possibility of forwarding the hard disk password while in RAID mode is something that could be fixed with a firmware/bios update?
Hard driver password is limited to only one hard drive, therefore it is not available when you choose RAID SATA mode.
We wouldn’t know if this feature could be added or enabled to the motherboard via BIOS or firmware update. At this moment it is not possible and there is not information about it.
I recommend you to check with the hard drive’s manufacture if they have a utility that allow you to create a password for your SSD. You may want to search for software that allows you to do that also.
Thanks for your reply and sorry for my late one.
Honestly, I don't understand how software installed on the drive could supply the drive with the password before the drive is unlocked..? If I were to switch my drive and get an Intel SSD instead, does Intel provide a utility to manage the SSD password?