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Want to run both Raid 5 (4 drives) and a single SATA boot drive

I have an ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi motherboard which used a single SATA drive. I recently added 4 more hard drives and was able to set them as a RAID 5 array. My system will not boot with the IDE Configrutation set to RAID. When I change the IDE Configuration back to IDE, my system will boot but will not see the RAID Array. (And yes, I did set the hard drive order to look at the single drive first!)

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  • Rivet414 Feb 10, 2009

    Tried using 1238 BIOS (vs original 1233) to no effect.

    Reading of ASUS forums leads me to the conclusion that I must re-install my operating system with "SATA configured as RAID" to allow both my single HDD and 4 disk RAID 5 array to run simultaneously.

    Please let me know if I'm mistaken in that assessment.

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Download the latest beta BIOS 1238. I had the same problem when adding a Samsung 1TB HDD to my RAID config. Updating to BIOS v1238 solved the Intel RAID Matrix "hanging" instantly.

You can't download it through the official Asus support page yet, but there's a topic in the Asus support forum with a link. You could also call Asus support and request the file, or just download it here: http://rapidshare.com/files/186891601/P5B-Deluxe_1238.rar :)

Posted on Feb 07, 2009

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    ElDopa Feb 11, 2009

    Yes, that's reinstall part is correct, but you could also try installing the Intel Matrix Storage Driver (http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Product_...) on your current Windows setup first.



    Then reboot and configure the SATA drives as RAID and go to the Intel Matrix configuration afterwards ([CTRL] + [I]). You should configure your 4 new drives as RAID 5 - like you did - and leave the old drive as "Non-member".



    With a little luck you should be able to boot into Windows afterwards. If not, you'll probably get a Windows Blue Screen (BSOD) with an errorcode (probably 0x0000007B Inaccessible boot device), if so please post the errorcode (the first sequence of numbers only).



    When your boot is succesful go to Computer Management | Disk Management and you should see your new RAID 5 set, which you can partition, format and assign drive-letters there.

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