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Does RAID 1 allow any more HDDs connected to internal SATA ports

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April 23, 2014 6:34:34 PM

I am running a RAID 1 array (Intel motherboard controller) on my desktop and I only have those 2 HDDs connected because, whenever I try to connect a 3rd non RAID HDD to use as slave, the system can't find the boot drive (the RAID 1 array). Does using a RAID 1 array exclude the possibility of having any other HDD connected to internal SATA ports? Oh, and both RAID array HDDs are connected to the same SATA port. Whenever I try to connect this 3rd drive, I always try to use the other SATA port bellow.

specs:

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)

Boot Mode: BIOS (Secure Boot not supported)


Board: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. X48-DQ6
Bus Clock: 333 megahertz
BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. F6 02/29/2008


RAM: 8192 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Processor: 2,50 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
3072 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (4 total)
Not hyper-threaded


Drives:

7501,21 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
2541,51 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

ASUS DRW-2014L1T [Optical drive]
ELBY CLONEDRIVE SCSI CdRom Device [Optical drive]
ELBY CLONEDRIVE SCSI CdRom Device [Optical drive]

raid1 [Hard drive] -- drive 0, encrypted with TrueCrypt, Not SMART
Toshiba External USB 3.0 USB Device [Hard drive] (3000,59 GB) -- drive 2, s/n 80B63535, SMART Status: Healthy
USB DISK 2.0 USB Device (61,84 GB) -- drive 3, s/n 0E7009163090
WD My Book 1230 USB Device [Hard drive] (3000,52 GB) -- drive 1, s/n WCC4N0192072
WD My Book USB Device [Hard drive] (1000,20 GB) -- drive 4

Bus Adapters:

Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO SATA RAID Controller
Virtual CloneDrive
Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2934
Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2935
Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2936
Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2937
Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2938
Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 2939
Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 293A
Intel(R) ICH9 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 293C
NEC Electronics USB 3.0 Host Controller
NEC Electronics USB 3.0 Root Hub


Display: ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 [Display adapter] (2x)

By the way, the BIOS is in RAID mode (but you this information is probably obvious to you lol)

Any other specification you need to know just ask!

I updated the heck out of this answer. I hope you don't get a notification for each update. If you do, I'm terribly sorry for that!
Thanks in advance! :) 
a b G Storage
April 24, 2014 6:31:58 AM

Does the drive show up in Device Manager? It may simply not be initialized and, therefore, won't show up in "My Computer."
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April 24, 2014 1:32:05 PM

JobCreator said:
Does the drive show up in Device Manager? It may simply not be initialized and, therefore, won't show up in "My Computer."



I'm sorry JobCreator, but I didn't express my problem correctly. When I connect the 3rd HDD, Windows (in the RAID HDDs) simply doesn't boot due to the mere presence of that 3rd disk. I don't even get to the desktop, let along to "My Computer".This happens with any 3rd HDD I try to connect and, if I try to connect them to an external USB adapter in the Windows environment, then they all work perfectly. Thanks anyway! :) 
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a b G Storage
April 24, 2014 2:03:29 PM

This is mere experimentation, but go into BIOS and disable any and all other boot device options other than the RAID configured drive. See if that will allow you to boot to Windows with a 3rd drive connected.
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April 24, 2014 2:37:46 PM

JobCreator said:
This is mere experimentation, but go into BIOS and disable any and all other boot device options other than the RAID configured drive. See if that will allow you to boot to Windows with a 3rd drive connected.


Good one! I'll try that! :)  Thanks!
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April 27, 2014 12:44:49 AM

JobCreator said:
This is mere experimentation, but go into BIOS and disable any and all other boot device options other than the RAID configured drive. See if that will allow you to boot to Windows with a 3rd drive connected.


I haven't forgotten to try this but, I accidentally destroyed my graphics card while cleaning the clutter in the heatsink and fan. It was making too much noise and it's one of those models closed with a plastic encasing to I had to remove a ton of screws and separate several layers until I got to remove that casing. I cleaned it up and even applied thermal compound in the chips but when I assembled it again and connected my computer, I found out it hadn't survived the "procedure" lol... I'm now waiting for a replacement from Amazon, which may take like a week or so... This one was too old anyway.
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a b G Storage
April 28, 2014 6:09:32 AM

Hah... bummer.
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May 3, 2014 2:14:37 AM

JobCreator said:
Hah... bummer.


I still haven't tried your suggestion but it's likely it may work. :)  If it doesn't work though, I think I'm just going to stop using RAID also because I've just learned that RAID wears down HDDs faster :p 

Thank you very much! :) 
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