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How to set up the following

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August 26, 2010 7:39:41 AM

Current system:
1 x 500GB with windows XP

After Setup
1 x 500GB with windows XP
1 x 1TB
1 x 1TB (Mirrored)

Can anyone advise if it is possible without reinstalling the OS?

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August 26, 2010 8:01:50 AM

Its possible.
a c 107 G Storage
August 26, 2010 6:32:56 PM

So you just want to add a RAID 1 for backup? It should be no problem at all and will not affect your existing Windows install.
After installing the new hard drives just configure them as RAID in BIOS.
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October 4, 2010 1:14:09 AM

After I configured the HDD to RAID, Windows XP, which is in the non raid drive failed to boot (keeps rebooting) until I reset it to non raid. What could be the reason?
a c 107 G Storage
October 4, 2010 4:22:39 AM

Go into BIOS and find the boot order. Obviously select the drive with Windows as primary boot device.
October 4, 2010 5:50:35 PM

You need to install the drivers for your RAID controller in Windows and then setup RAID. You may have to force install the driver if Windows throws a fit. When you set the BIOS to RAID Windows automatically looks for a RAID controller driver during boot, even if the OS drive isn't part of the RAID array. If it can't load the RAID controller driver then it fails and reboots in an attempt to find the driver the next time it boots.
October 5, 2010 8:50:26 AM

There are a few drivers listed for my board. Which is the appropriate driver to install?

1) Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager Driver V8.9.0.1023 for Windows 32/64bit XP & Windows 32/64bit Vista & 32/64bit Windows 7.(WHQL) Intel(R) AHCI/RAID Driver Disk for Windows 32/64bit XP & Windows 32/64bit Vista & 32/64bit Windows 7.

2) Marvell 61xx Raid Driver V1.2.0.60
October 5, 2010 12:57:09 PM

While i was installing Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager Driver , i encounter "This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing this ..". The obvious is that the RAID was not enable but if i enable it XP would not boot up. how do I by pass this?
a c 107 G Storage
October 5, 2010 7:37:16 PM

Help us out here and post system specs. What motherboard are you using specifically?
October 6, 2010 1:05:29 AM

Hi Guys, thanks for all the advise. i am using p5Q and i manage to set up the RAID. What i did was to route the primary boot drive to the Marvell controller SATA port (set up as IDE) , install Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager Driver, and switch back to the Intel controller SATA port. Everything works fine now. But I am just wondering why are things made this way and it is so painful to setup.
a c 107 G Storage
October 6, 2010 3:26:29 AM

Well I am glad you got it working at least. Windows XP made life hard trying to set up any RAID. Thankfully with Windows 7 it is MUCH easier.
October 20, 2010 8:21:34 AM

Can i have mirror a drive of different brand for RAID 1(e.g. seagate with western digital)?

a c 107 G Storage
October 21, 2010 12:38:58 AM

It may work but it is a bad idea. The drives should not only be the same Brand they should be the same size and model to work best.
October 26, 2010 12:58:54 PM

Had a new problem now.

Port 1: 1 x 500GB with windows XP

Port 4: 1 x 1TB (Mirrored)
Port 5: 1 x 1TB (Mirrored)

PC start up BIOS reported port 1 error but could load Win XP after pressing F1
Intel storage matrix console basic view reported port 5 error
Intel storage matrix console advance view reported port 1 error

Which drive has the error and how do verify?