RAID problem in Windows 7

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WarWasp
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I'm not exactly looking for someone to to hold my hand through this process, but is there anyone out there who has had this issue setting up RAID 0 in Windows 7 and found a solution? Here's my step by step process. Maybe I'm missing something. By the way, the MOBO I'm using is an ASROCK 970 Extreme 3. All of my cables and hardware are new, and in working order. I am using "up to date" AMD RAID drivers upon clean install of WIN7.

*I start with fresh drives. One 60gb ssd for booting. Two 500GB HDDs for RAID, and one HDD for back up.
*I switch my MOBO settings to "RAID" mode and restart.
*I build my array....2 500Gb drives for RAID 0 and restart.
*I load Windows 7 startup disk and perform a clean install.
*I install drivers during start up. Storage drives are recognized after installation of drivers as follows:
60GB HDD, 1TB HDD (RAID 0), 500GB HDD....so far so good.
*I continue with Windows 7 install on the 60GB SSD.
*After installation is complete, I go into "My Computer" but the only storage available is the 60Gb drive (boot) and
one 500Gb HDD (backup). My RAID drives aren't anywhere to be found.
*I go into "disk managment"....the only place where my RAID is recognized; to attempt to initailze the drives that
I put into RAID 0 configuation in the RAID BIOS
*Prompts me to format the RAID drives. Doing so resluts in an error, which then deletes the array from my drives list.
*Because the drives are no longer on the list, I format all disks, delete LD in RAID BIOS and start over.

A new PC guy.

WarWasp
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Forget it. I attempted a solution by going into the BIOS, switching to IDE mode. Restarted Windows, attempted to convert two of my HDDs to dynamic disks in disk managment and then rebuilding the array. During conversion to dynamic disk, my brand new computer crashed, and will no longer post. Note, I wasn't even messing with the boot drive. Not sure why it crashed, but I'm stuck now.

Dammit!

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http://forums.tweaktown.com/asrock/40927-ssd-hdd-raid-0-set-up.html

I found this link by a person who contacted asrock support and was trying to do the same thing. He has a different motherboard but as far as I can tell they both use the same RAID Option ROM utility.

do you really have no post at all? no bios? If so then dang. I dunno what do.

If you can get your bios going, you might wanna give those above intructions a try and see how it goes. Perhaps it would a good idea to format all of your drives and start from scratch (although that may not be entierely necessary). You'd need another working computer to do this. I cant say for certain that those instructions will work for you. If you have doubt you could try contacting Asrock support yourself.

goodluck. :)

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I believe I have found the solution.

The solution is to not use the MOBO's onboard raid controller at all!

I already knew there was a way to set stripped/mirrored volumes within Win7; however using the MOBO's onboard RAID controller messes up the whole procedure. It would force you to break up the array when attempting to get WIN7 to recognize an array. So in closing, you pretty much have to use WIN7's onboard software RAID controller to begin with. And I honestly can't recommend using a MOBO's onboard RAID controller....at least with WIN7.

Thanks for your input sir. And I was able to get the MOBO going again, so I am able to start anew.

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Just an update for people following this:

Windows 7 utility in disk management isn't working out. I set up a striped pair of drives in disk management. Everything checks out ok and the drives can be accessed. However, when I transfer a large group of files to the striped array from an external hdd, the array fails about 5 minutes into transfer. I'm thinking about giving up on RAID all together.