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Z77 Extreme 4 Raid 1 setup

On my z77 extreme 4 motherboard I have a Samsung 830 SSD, plugged into SATA3_A0 and 2x3TB hard disks plugged into the 2 slots, SATA3_0_1.

I want the 2x3TB hard disks to be in a RAID 1 array, and that's it, that's all I want to do. These are brand new disks & I'm trying to set them up on my existing Windows 7 setup.

So in the BIOS, I choose to setup the "sata mode selection" option to be RAID, similar to what this guy has done on the print screen in the link (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/577/p1020009d.jpg/). I then reboot and press Ctrl+I and setup only those 2 hard disks to be in the RAID1 array. Save and reboot.

Next thing I notice is that my Windows 7 now takes about 15-20 seconds longer to boot = not cool because it boots in about 10 seconds normally, so now it takes 25 secs-ish. The boot order is set to use the Samsung 830 SSD first, so I can't see why it would take any longer to boot...

I then go to device manager and the disks are coming up at around 750meg each. I mean what the chuff is going on here? Any ideas?


Also, when I've had a look at using the Rapid Storage Technology software that comes with the motherboard, the "create" button isn't there, so I can't create my array this way either!

Plz help!

Regards,
Stephen
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  1. Longer boot times are normal for raid configurations because the raid has to look at the drives and make sure they are there, and associate them them to a raid array.

    The part about the drives not showing up is that is sounds like you only turned raid on, but didn't add the 2 drives to an array. If you watch it boot, there is a section that boots up the raid controller(this is where the extra time is) and during this time you can hit ctrl-s or some other key combination to get into the raid configuration and set up the array.
  2. Let me update you with some images.

    //After the hard disks have just been plugged in:
    http://postimg.org/image/4oqfgae43/

    //After I have changed ONLY the bios to use RAID
    http://postimg.org/image/frtk1rkyd/
    http://postimg.org/image/njqrkg3jn/

    //After I change the RAID controller to put the disks into raid
    http://postimg.org/image/3kakc6ib1/
    http://postimg.org/image/49ocer6yb/
    http://postimg.org/image/j6j6lf0jv/
    http://postimg.org/image/kb5zffiij/


    So as you can see, a number of things aren't working:

    -The disk management is showing 2 disks instead of 1 RAID disk
    -The Rapid Storage Technology software doesn't even think I a disk with any data on it
    -The Rapid Storage Technology "create" button isn't there to create a raid array
    -The size of the disks is showing up as only 746GB after changing it to use RAID, even though both disks are 3TB (as - shown on the image in the first link)
  3. You need to install raid drivers in Windows. This will fix it.
  4. ss202sl said:
    You need to install raid drivers in Windows. This will fix it.


    Please be more specific. Provide a link or something
  5. Install the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver and utility ver:11.7.0.1013r From here:

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/download.asp?Model=Z77%20Extreme4&o=All
  6. Ok I installed this, and now when I load RST I get the following:

    http://postimg.org/image/7br308tav/

    I've obviously done all the normal stuff and rebooted. I was thinking it might now be also a BIOS update that is required?
    This was my BIOS version:
    http://postimg.org/image/43w20gb6r/

    So I now have updated it to:
    http://postimg.org/image/c3kmpurjd/

    And I still have the problem
  7. You could try a bios update.
    I also read people having issues with the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver and utility ver:11.7.0.1013 and they unloaded it and are running Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver and utility ver:11.2.0.1006. You could try uninstalling it, and installing the older version - from the same driver website.
  8. Best answer
    You could try a bios update.
    I also read people having issues with the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver and utility ver:11.7.0.1013 and they unloaded it and are running Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver and utility ver:11.2.0.1006. You could try uninstalling it, and installing the older version - from the same driver website.
  9. Hi Mate,

    Thanks for your help. But I've figured this piece of **** out. Basically, I've now got the latest BIOS, and the latest RST on my PC (11.7). Apparently The ASMedia ports are causing the bug I had (the message box said the "exception code" was c0000417 when loading up Rapid Storage Technology). After using google I found that even though my z77 Extreme 4 motherboard is suppose to have 4xSata 3 6Gb/s ports, they actually only designed it to have 2 for my chipset (I found the info in this thread - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/318600-30-asmedia-sata-good). User Ko888 states, "Motherboards that have more than two SATA3 6Gb/s ports will use a separate SATA3 controller chip to support those additional ports.". So I just left my 2 main RAID disks in the 6Gb/s non-as media ports, which in the manual is listed as SATA3_0_1, Gray, and plugged my Samsung 830 SSD into the sh1ty Sata2 port. Then on the BIOS I disabled the ASMedia option, and BOOM it starts working. See the image below:
    http://postimg.org/image/59va4w0a5/

    So basically it looks like Intel need to get there ass in gear and make a fix for this issue. Because they are basically stopping me from using my motherboard to the full potential.


    Thanks for your help man. The 11.7 version was required in order for RST to even recognize my disks!
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