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NVidia Software Raid compatible with AMD Raid?

Last response: in Storage
December 24, 2010 8:34:01 PM

I used the built-in NVidia software raid when I built my computer four years ago. I have to replace the motherboard now, and I am wondering if I can use an ASRock board that has the AMD SB850 chipset.

Current board:
K9N SLI Platinum

Proposed board:
ASRock 890FX Deluxe4
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December 29, 2010 1:16:23 PM

Not easily; the metadata format stored in last sector on each HDD is incompatible between brands. You should get the data off first and backup it somewhere safe, then create a new array and copy it back.

If you made a RAID1 you can simply break the array and connect one of the disks to a non-raid controller.

If your motherboard broke or you don't want to connect to your old motherboard, then you can access/read/recover the RAID using Ubuntu Linux livecd. If you want to try that, simply download Ubuntu and boot it up, having your disks connected to a non-RAID controller (i.e. set controller type to AHCI or IDE not RAID in the system BIOS). Let me know if you require more help on this.

January 4, 2011 11:17:02 PM

Thanks. I doubt I could use this method with a Raid 5 array.

I may have to purchase an Nvidia board then. Sucks. I really wanted that one.
January 5, 2011 12:40:45 AM

This is one of the disadvantages of onboard RAID. If the board breaks you have to get another board with that chipset to read the data.

Try to find an old board with NV RAID or read and find out if any of the newer Nvidia chipset ones are backwards compatible.

I agree with you, you are in a bad spot.