HDD not showing up in windows

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Well I just installed my new Corsair GT120 SSD into my rig and formated my two old HDD's. I configured everything in the BIOS and everything worked perfectly, both of my drives showed up when I installed Windows 7 (running the two HDD in Raid 0) As said both of them showed up (the SSD and the Raid 0 config).When Windows 7 was finished installing I immediately detected a problem: My raid setup wasent showing up.

So basicly my problem is that I now only have my 120GB SSD to store my files...

Some help would be very much appreciated :)

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Are you trying to make a raid 0 by mixing an HDD and a SSD?

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Tivon wrote:Are you trying to make a raid 0 by mixing an HDD and a SSD?

No.

Sry for my english but what I tried to tell you is that I got one Raid 0 setup with my two WD Caviar Balck's and one SSD by itself. When I installed Windows both of my drives showed up as an option to install windows on, so I chose the SSD but when evrything was finished the only drive windows said that I had were the SSD. So basicly my Raid 0 setup is "missing".

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Are you using a motherboard controller for the RAID 0 array? A card controller?

More information is needed, but off the top I would say that you need to install the proper driver set for the hard disk controller. In many cases, once Windows is fully loaded it no longer trusts what the CMOS shows it unless the drivers confirm it, and running on "generic" drivers often won't see the RAID functions of the controller.

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Ok I will try explanation in depth:

Bios config: Sata 1-4 Raid (SSD and HDD's) , Sata 5-6 IDE(CDROM).
LD menu config: WD caviar black (x2) Raid 0, SSD no configuration (singel-drive).
Boot device: Raid SSD Corsair GT120.

Installed windows successfully on SSD (the Raid0 config and the SSD showed up as possible disk to install on), opened "my computer" and noticed that the Raid0 config was missing. Went back to BIOS to check config. Evrything was OK.

Motherboard: Asus Crosshair IV Formula
SSD: Corsair GT120
HDD: x2 WD Caviar Black 1Tb

UPDATE:

I just found my RAID0 config in windows device management... But somehow it will only show itself in device management and call itself for: AMD 2+0 Stripe/RAID0 SCSI Disk Device.

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You will first need to create a RAID array for the two HDDs, once that's done the OS should recognize it.

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If you can see it in the management console but no where else, then it hasn't been formatted properly or mounted.

Right click on it (under device management), choose "Format" and "NTFS." Once done, choose your drive letter, and the Virtual Disk Service will mount it into Windows and you will see it under your drives.

"SCSI Disk Device" is correct for hardware managed RAID arrays, even if they are IDE/SATA drives that comprise the array.

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eire1274 wrote:Right click on it (under device management), choose "Format" and "NTFS." Once done, choose your drive letter, and the Virtual Disk Service will mount it into Windows and you will see it under your drives.

I do not have the format option. I can only choose to deactivate it or uninstall the driver...

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Okay, then you definitely don't have the right driver installed, because it can't properly access the RAID controller.

The following is the driver base is from Asus' global server. Under "Utilities" it contains a file with the updated ACHI and RAID drivers for the embedded controller. Install it and reboot, and you should be able to properly access the array.

http://support.asus.com/download/download_item_mkt.aspx?slanguage=en-us&model=Crosshair+IV+Formula

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eire1274 wrote:Okay, then you definitely don't have the right driver installed, because it can't properly access the RAID controller.

The following is the driver base is from Asus' global server. Under "Utilities" it contains a file with the updated ACHI and RAID drivers for the embedded controller. Install it and reboot, and you should be able to properly access the array.

http://support.asus.com/download/download_item_mkt.aspx?slanguage=en-us&model=Crosshair+IV+Formula

I'm not a total moron I know what kind of drivers I need installed on my pc. The driver is already installed, I've even tried multiple times to update the driver but it says that the driver that allready is installed is the newest. And if I want to install it manually trough "Asus Setup" it says no proper disk found.

This problem is really starting to get irritating, I'm not far from removing my SSD and just use my two WD HDD's.

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So for some reason when the SSD is installed on your motherboard it can't detect the HDD raid. Maybe this is because of the SSD and AHCI / Raid mixed modes not working with the Hdd's. Are they on the same SATA controller chip? Some motherboards have two different SATA controllers and you might need to separate them. Maybe run the SSD in IDE mode on SATA 5 and HDDs are on SATA 2 & 4. What might help is to buy a SATA Raid controller card just for the HDD raid drives.

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Warrior wrote: I'm not a total moron

I never said you were. However, having asked about drivers and not being given an answer, I'm trying to troubleshoot.

You do have 2 SATA controllers on that board. The 6 white SATA connectors are driven by the northbridge and offer SATA3 speeds (6Gb/s) with RAID options, hence why I recommended the updated RAID driver. The single black SATA connector and the eSATA port are driven by a JMicron SATA2 controller, and do not support RAID functionality.

WD Black drives have compatible controllers with the northbridge specification, so this isn't the issue. The only major point is that 2Tb RAID volumes can't be booted from, but you aren't designating them as a boot volume anyway, so I'm lost.

Time to call Asus support.

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I finally found a solution!

After really much troubleshooting I finally found a guy that have had the same problem as me. He did not tell everything what he did so I had to do some reach search by myself. But if any others have/had the same problem as me I will post how I fixed it.

How To:

- Open diskmgmt.msc (just search for it in the windows search bar)
- Find your RAID disk (or whatever disk you are missing).
- Right click it and choose create new volume or something...
- Do as you are told in the "windows guide" and format the disk.
- Give your new virtual drive a letter (I named mine X).
- And voila! You now got a working disk!!!

And again sry for my english :)

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You'd never created a partition volume? Um... yes, this will cause exactly that issue.

Geez, Tivon, 3dGameMan, and I... and somehow we all missed that.

Nick McDermott