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OS Raid Compatibility

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  • Motherboards
  • Supermicro
  • NAS / RAID
  • Windows 7
  • Compatibility
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March 19, 2014 7:17:17 AM

Hello all,

I am new to server motherboards and I have what is probably a dumb question about this motherboard.

http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/Xeon/C600/X9DR3-LN4F_.cfm

This is about the only motherboard I can use since I want the E5-2650 v2 processors and I need it to be EEATX form factor (case limitation). I was going through my components and making sure they were compatible when I noticed this OS compatibility chart and for Windows 7 ultimate it says that the Windows 7 OS can only be installed "SATA (without RAID, AHCI mode)".

http://www.supermicro.com/support/resources/OS/C606.cfm

My intention was to plug two SSD's in RAID 1 into the board's SATA 6GB/s port and use that as my boot drive but it seems like I cannot do this. My question is basically, am I correct that I cannot use the boards built in ports with a RAID 1 boot array and if I cannot, is there any way around this?

Thanks!

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March 19, 2014 7:30:55 AM

Hi,
I'll have to take a look at that compatability chart, but I don't think there should be any limitations. I have Windows 7 Home Premium installed on a raid 0 config. Ultimate is supposed to have more "features" so I don't see why there would be such a limitation.
Windows doesn't ever know what the HD set up is once you've configured it through the BIOS/RAID card config. It just see's a HD no matter how you've raided it.
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March 19, 2014 7:43:29 AM

bob838bob said:
Hello all,

I am new to server motherboards and I have what is probably a dumb question about this motherboard.

http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/Xeon/C600/X9DR3-LN4F_.cfm

This is about the only motherboard I can use since I want the E5-2650 v2 processors and I need it to be EEATX form factor (case limitation). I was going through my components and making sure they were compatible when I noticed this OS compatibility chart and for Windows 7 ultimate it says that the Windows 7 OS can only be installed "SATA (without RAID, AHCI mode)".

http://www.supermicro.com/support/resources/OS/C606.cfm

My intention was to plug two SSD's in RAID 1 into the board's SATA 6GB/s port and use that as my boot drive but it seems like I cannot do this. My question is basically, am I correct that I cannot use the boards built in ports with a RAID 1 boot array and if I cannot, is there any way around this?

Thanks!


Yeah I did some reading on that board, and I don't see why you would have any issues in RAID. It will still act like SATA ACHI as far as Windows is concerned. Try it out. Set up your raid and boot up off the windows dvd and it will allow you to choose your bootable RAID.
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