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Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Raid Setup

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October 2, 2010 9:21:11 PM

Hi, i'm pretty new to setting up raid but i've done alot of reading about it. So i have windows xp 32 bit and just ordered a second WD Cavier Black to put in Raid 0 with the one i currently have. I dont have a floppy drive so I figured i guess i'll just have to slipstream the driver. I'm using Rev. 1.1 for the Gigabyte ep45-ud3p motherboard and i'm not 100% positive which driver i need to slipstream. If anyone could please either show me the driver I need or can tell me how to go about figuring it out that would be nice. The reason im' asking this is because i've ran into several or more drivers and i'm just not sure which one would be the right one. Also, i'll be using nlite and would like to know when it asks do i do single or multiple drivers sorry i'm pretty much a noob

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a c 717 V Motherboard
October 2, 2010 11:07:32 PM

Welcome Newcomer! :) 

First, the simplest way around the Floppy F6 install is to create a custom Windows installer CD/DVD: {Also, review pg 100} - **It's all out of order**
1. D/L nLite - http://www.nliteos.com/
2. D/L drivers {choose correct MOBO rev} {Intel SATA RAID Preinstall driver (For AHCI / RAID Mode)} - http://www.gigabyte.us/search/search.aspx?kw=ep45-ud3p
3. D/L Windows XP SP3 (ISO) - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?Fami...

Next, create your installer - FAQ - http://www.nliteos.com/faq.html ; Guide - http://www.nliteos.com/guides.html

Also, more than likely your WD do NOT have TLER capabilities which helps stabilize RAID. WD only enables TLER on their Enterprise line - http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=2

BIOS, refer to page 87 of the Manual.
1. Load Optimized
2. SATA RAID/AHCI Mode [RAID]
3. Save & Exit
4. Crtl-I
5. 1. Create RAID Volume -> arrow & enter
6. {Pair WD Drives} refer to manual {pg 88-91}, and use 128KB stripe.
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a c 717 V Motherboard
October 2, 2010 11:12:48 PM

Footnote: I assume that you completely understand the Pros & Cons of RAID 0. In RAID 0 if you loose 1 HDD then ALL of the data becomes unrecoverable. {RAID 0 -> 1/2 Data = 0 Data}. In addition, 1 HDD = all the '0' stripe and the other HDD = all the '1' stripe; full data is 101100110 ~ 1&0's.

If it were me on that MOBO then I would recommend RAID 1 {mirroring} all data is written across BOTH HDDs and if 1 goes you have a real-time back-up.

RAID info - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID

Good Luck!
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October 2, 2010 11:21:11 PM

Ok thank you do i NEED service pack 3? or is that just optional? and this mother board has to controllers 2 purple 6 yellow how do i know which one those driers pertain to? and yes i know the pros and cons ^^ i'm using raid 0 for gaming but thank you
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a c 717 V Motherboard
October 2, 2010 11:54:16 PM

For RAID you want Intel ICH10R, so use SATA2_0 & SATA2_1 ; Yellow bottom-right (2) ports.

CPU
{yellow}
SATA2_4 | SATA2_2 | SATA2_0
SATA2_5 | SATA2_3 | SATA2_1
{left-bottom per image}

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October 2, 2010 11:59:59 PM

Thanks again as long as i slipstreamed it right i think i'm all set when next week rolls around thank you =)
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a c 717 V Motherboard
October 3, 2010 12:11:21 AM

Good Luck! I hop I answered your questions.
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