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How to install RAID10 next to SSD (with OS Win7) on P5K-E motherboard

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January 19, 2014 7:12:02 AM

Hi,

I have big a problem with installing a RAID 10 next to the system Win 7 on SSD on the same motherboard.
Until now, I had a system Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit installed on a RAID 10. I just purchased a new SSD and today I installed a new system Windows 7 Professional 32bit on it.
To do this I had to switch in the BIOS operation mode SATA from RAID to AHCI. The Windows 7 installed correctly on the SSD, but I would also like to use the drives from the old RAID 10 and put new RAID 10 beside SSD - on the same motherboard.
The problem appeared when I tried to install a program to manage RAID arrays (Intel RST) – the program didn’t install giving the message " The program does not support this platform ." Probably the problem is associated with AHCI mode in the BIOS, but I'm not sure about that, this mode is needed to handle the SSD so I can not change it to RAID.
I connected SSD on SATA 5 , slots 1-4 are waiting for RAID but at this point I feel defeated and I don’t know what more I can do.
Can someone give me a hint how to solve this problem or how to install RAID 10 and SSD with Windows 7, side by side on a single motherboard (ASUS P5K-E), without additional RAID controller inserted in the PCI-E slot . Is such a configuration possible at all ?


Thank you in advance
Regards
Slawek
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January 19, 2014 7:18:46 AM

You have to set your controller in RAID mode. Then you'll be able to install RST, configure the RAID, etc.
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January 19, 2014 7:29:00 AM

Thank you for the advice.
Do I have to install the System again? (I installed the System and all drivers with AHCI mode enabled in the BIOS). If the function TRIM for SSD will be active in RAID option?
Of course I'll try your method but I'm a little afraid BSOD because P5K-E is an old motherboard.

I also thought to leave AHCI mode in the BIOS and make a RAID 0 in Windows 7 (via the OS Disk Management in Computer Management) and install a third drive HDD as a backup for the RAID 0 (via ACRONIS).
Is this a good idea?

Thank you very much for the tips
Best regards
Slawek
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January 19, 2014 7:56:02 AM

You won't have to reinstall the OS (RAID and AHCI are very similar). You should be worried about TRIM support if the SSD was in RAID mode (the chipset on your motherboard doesn't support TRIM in RAID 0 mode), but RAID will be used only for your hard disks. Set the controller in RAID mode, install RST, etc.

To verify that TRIM is enabled (check it before and after changing the controller from AHCI to RAID), run this command as an administrator:

fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify

0 = enabled
1 = disabled

You should also read https://communities.intel.com/thread/11832

Most of my systems are set in RAID mode so that I can use RST to check the hard disks status, etc. and TRIM is enabled on all systems.
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January 19, 2014 9:15:58 AM

Does it matter how I plug HDD drives? P5K-E User Guide suggests to connect Boot Disk (SSD with OS, in my case) to SATA connector number 1/2/5 or 6, 3/4 for data disc. Now I have the SSD connected to connector SATA 1. How to connect four HDD for best RAID10 performance?

Best regards
Slawek


EDIT: Unfortunately, after changing SATA mode from AHCI to RAID I have a BSOD during boot: (
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January 19, 2014 10:49:07 AM

That's a bit weird. Was the controller in IDE mode?

Which of those keys exist in the registry and what's their Start value (3 or 0)?

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\msahci
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStorV
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStor
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January 19, 2014 1:39:10 PM

I only changed "Configure SATA as" from AHCI to RAID

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\msahci Start = 0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStorV Start = 3
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStor Start = 0
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January 19, 2014 1:41:35 PM

Start for iaStorV has to be set to 0; otherwise the RAID driver won't be loaded at boot and the system will crash with error 0x0000007B.
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January 20, 2014 2:18:26 AM

@ GhislainG

Thank you VERY much for the tips - now Windows loads without problems and command "fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify" shows "0" for SSD (but the Samsung Magician shows that AHCI is turned off/deactivated).
Could you give me an advice how to connect the drives to the specific SATA ports (numbers) - as I wrote above ? Does it have any meaning at all?

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January 20, 2014 4:17:43 AM

AHCI is turned off because the controller is in RAID mode; this is normal. Connect the hard disks to any avaiable ICH9R SATA port (1-4 and 6).
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