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November 21, 2013 12:40:54 AM

I have 2 120GB SSDs and a 1TB HDD. I just created a RAID 0 volume for the 2 SSDs. Now I am preparing to install windows on the RAID volume, before I go about doing that, will I need anything else? Do I need RAID drivers or something? I have an Asus Sabertooth Z87 TUF series mobo.

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November 21, 2013 12:49:53 AM

The RAID driver should be on the Motherboard disk if its needed. otherwise just check the Asus website for that motherboard
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November 21, 2013 12:52:53 AM

Yes, you will probably need RAID drivers to run the install. Go to the Asus Support site and check for your motherboard model. Find the RAID drivers and download them (they might be in their own RAID section, but if you don't see one, check the SATA section instead). Extract the drivers to a flash drive (you can extract them to your install media if you are installing Windows 8 from a flash drive as well) and boot up the machine to begin the install. When you get to the screen where you select the drive you want to install to, you will have an option to load load additional drivers.

Point the installer to the extracted RAID drivers and it will load them. Once complete, you should see your RAID array in the drive list and can then select it to begin the install.
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November 21, 2013 2:39:03 AM

The_Prophecy said:
Yes, you will probably need RAID drivers to run the install. Go to the Asus Support site and check for your motherboard model. Find the RAID drivers and download them (they might be in their own RAID section, but if you don't see one, check the SATA section instead). Extract the drivers to a flash drive (you can extract them to your install media if you are installing Windows 8 from a flash drive as well) and boot up the machine to begin the install. When you get to the screen where you select the drive you want to install to, you will have an option to load load additional drivers.

Point the installer to the extracted RAID drivers and it will load them. Once complete, you should see your RAID array in the drive list and can then select it to begin the install.


I didn't need to do anything besides just select the 223 GB (combo of the 2 SSDs in raid) while installing windows and now everything is good to go! Thank you ;) 
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November 21, 2013 4:26:25 AM

The_Prophecy said:
Yes, you will probably need RAID drivers to run the install. Go to the Asus Support site and check for your motherboard model. Find the RAID drivers and download them (they might be in their own RAID section, but if you don't see one, check the SATA section instead). Extract the drivers to a flash drive (you can extract them to your install media if you are installing Windows 8 from a flash drive as well) and boot up the machine to begin the install. When you get to the screen where you select the drive you want to install to, you will have an option to load load additional drivers.

Point the installer to the extracted RAID drivers and it will load them. Once complete, you should see your RAID array in the drive list and can then select it to begin the install.


Okay the installation of windows is complete everything is working, it didn't ask me for any driver during the install so I guess it's good.

Can I take out the "window's boot manager" from the boot order? I want to disable that so I don't have to see the part where it shows the RAID config and says to hit CTRL I. Will that mess with the RAID set up if I were to disable that menu?
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November 21, 2013 8:24:50 AM

That menu will appear as long as the RAID controller is enabled. You cannot remove it, but you may be able to limit how long it stays on screen and delays the boot up. Hit Ctrl + I when prompted and you should be able to change that in the settings.
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November 21, 2013 1:27:09 PM

The_Prophecy said:
That menu will appear as long as the RAID controller is enabled. You cannot remove it, but you may be able to limit how long it stays on screen and delays the boot up. Hit Ctrl + I when prompted and you should be able to change that in the settings.


I actually am able to disable it from the boot order menu in the Asus advanced UEFI boot menu. Right now its set to boot that CTRL-I screen (Windows Boot Manager) and then after that is the RAID volume of the 2 SSDs 223 GB (2 120 GB). So I'm just wondering if that would mess anything up if I were to disable it.

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