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RAID Non-OS Setup on Maximus IV Hero

Hello all,

I recently built a complete new system using a 4670k and Maximus IV Hero mobo and installed my OS (Win7) on single 840 Evo. I have an older HDD that I used for storage that I hooked up last week and everything worked just fine. Then I tried to add my two older Vertex 2 60gig SSD's in a RAID 0 setup and my computer won't load the OS. I have tried moving around the SATA ports that the drives use but haven't found one that produces different results. I also used my Hero's SecureErase utility to clean the Vertex drives before trying.

Basically it is having trouble with 4 drives, 2 in RAID, 2 in a non-raid setup (one of which holds my OS). I have looked around on the forums here and done some Google searching and have not come across something with my same issue. Should I start over and put my OS on the RAID array and just use the 840 Evo as supplemental space? Or does anyone know how I can set up a RAID array to work as purely supplemental storage space?

I wanted to put the OS on the 840 Evo initially because I figure it has the lowest probability of failure and I have had some issues in the past with the Vertex's (could have been my old mobo though). Any information would be awesome, thanks!
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  1. Have you checked the boot order in the BIOS/UEFI? Make sure the 840 Is set to first in the Hard Drive Boot order. If not that could be your issue.
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    Dwood1968 said:
    Hello all,

    I recently built a complete new system using a 4670k and Maximus IV Hero mobo and installed my OS (Win7) on single 840 Evo. I have an older HDD that I used for storage that I hooked up last week and everything worked just fine. Then I tried to add my two older Vertex 2 60gig SSD's in a RAID 0 setup and my computer won't load the OS. I have tried moving around the SATA ports that the drives use but haven't found one that produces different results. I also used my Hero's SecureErase utility to clean the Vertex drives before trying.

    Basically it is having trouble with 4 drives, 2 in RAID, 2 in a non-raid setup (one of which holds my OS). I have looked around on the forums here and done some Google searching and have not come across something with my same issue. Should I start over and put my OS on the RAID array and just use the 840 Evo as supplemental space? Or does anyone know how I can set up a RAID array to work as purely supplemental storage space?

    I wanted to put the OS on the 840 Evo initially because I figure it has the lowest probability of failure and I have had some issues in the past with the Vertex's (could have been my old mobo though). Any information would be awesome, thanks!


    Before you waste any more time on this, be aware that the OCZ Vertex 2 SSDs are not compatible with the Intel Z87 chipset. I know because I have tried to install 2 of them on my system and they just don't work with the Z87 chipset. Something to do with the Sandforce controller in the Vertex 2's.

    I am assuming that you have a Z87 chipset by the 4670K CPU. I think that you may have made a typo on your current MB.

    Yogi
  3. Thank you for the replies. The MB I am using is a Maximus VI Hero not IV like I previously had mentioned.

    A couple of days ago I found a post on OCZ's forum about the Sandforce 12xx and 15xx series ssd's not being supported so you are right.

    Plugged the two drives into the ASMedia SATA slots and they work just fine. If anyone else runs into this problem just use the non-Intel controller slots.
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