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Installing a RAID volume post OS installation (whilst keeping the OS on a single SSD)?

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February 20, 2014 6:44:10 PM

Hi Everyone,

I have a DKT-702 Computer (OEM brand, from Harris Technology in Australia). I have identified that it uses a Foxconn H67M-V motherboard, which utilizes the Intel H67 chipset. I would now like to add a RAID1+0 array (utilizing 4 x 1 Terabyte Drives) to my computer, however I need to keep my primary hard drive (a Samsung EVO 840 - 250 Gig SSD).

The motherboard manual clearly indicates that the motherboard does support the RAID type that I intend on implementing. I have a little bit of experience with RAID on personal computers, so I plan to go about the task as follows -

1). Disconnect the primary (SSD) drive
2). Connect the 4 x 1T Disks
3). Enter the BIOS and set the "IDE Mode" to RAID
4). Enter the RAID Utility & setup the RAID volume
5). Partition the new RAID volume as I see fit (it will only be for data, no OS).
6). Plug the primary (SSD) drive back in
7). Start the computer up
8). Install the Intel Matrix RAID drivers into Windows (7)
9). Reboot

Given the following intended procedure is there anything that I should be particularly careful about? Alternatively if anybody can suggest a better procedure I am very open to adapting my plan. My primary goal is to keep my primary drive safe from data loss, and to implement a new RAID1+0 array purely for the storage of data.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo
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February 20, 2014 7:28:44 PM

A lot of people have problems booting their O/S drive after changing SATA modes from AHCI to RAID, so I personally would make sure I could do that successfully first.

So I would change SATA mode to RAID and see if I can boot into Windows. If you have no problems doing that then you can follow the rest of your steps.

If you can't boot into Windows then I would change SATA mode back to AHCI, and then install the Intel Matrix RAID drivers.
I would then change SATA mode to RAID and see if I could boot into Windows with no problems.
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February 20, 2014 9:20:16 PM

Thanks Dereck47
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February 28, 2014 5:37:17 AM

Cool. So now that you know your O/S will boot in RAID mode you can follow the steps in your 1st post.
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