, I plan to run a 2-drive RAID1 solution (i.e., a 2-drive RAID1 array), with a 3rd drive stored nearby as a “spare”/“replacement drive” should SATA1 drive
or SATA2 drive
fail (i.e., should the array “become degraded”).
Out of interest, Section 4.4.3
(page 4-12) of the ASUS P7P55D-E
mobo manual appears to indicate that all drives connected to the light blue SATA ports must either all
be “in RAID”, or all
“not in RAID”. (I should clarify that while that may be worthwhile for some to note, it is not a problem for my purposes.)
, The ASUS mobo manual, over Sections 4.4.3
(pp. 4-12 to 4-13) suggests that the best way to build-up the RAID 1 (mirroring) array over the two drive (SATA1 drive
and SATA2 drive
) is to:
(a) implement the appropriate settings in BIOS; then
(b) implement the desired/appropriate settings in the Intel Matrix Storage Manager (accessed by pressing <Ctrl> + <I> during POST).
After this, I believe I should install the RAID drivers.
Then, after this, I believe the array should start to be “built-up”, culminating in a RAID1 array coming into existence.
Is this correct?
, Can I build a “RAID1 mirror” on to SATA2 drive now
, without any data being lost from my install on SATA1 drive
(from which I am sending this message)? I think I can indeed to this. But I would like to make sure of that first.
Should, say, SATA1 drive
fail, what are the exact steps to take in order to “re-build” a RAID1 array (i.e., to achieve the previous “RAID1” position from a “degraded” position)?
For instance, would the process be:
* Disconnect/remove the failed SATA1 drive.
* House + connect the “spare” drive as the “new” SATA1 drive.
* Use the Intel Matrix Storage Manager to re-create (or “re-build”) a RAID1 mirror from SATA2 drive back to the “new” SATA1 drive. (Or would it simply do this automatically?)
or, would the process be:
* Disconnect/remove the failed SATA1 drive.
* Re-connect SATA2 drive so that it becomes the “new” SATA1 drive.
* House + connect the “spare” drive as the “new” SATA2 drive.
* Use the Intel Matrix Storage Manager to re-create (or “re-build”) a RAID1 mirror from the “new” SATA1 drive to the “new” SATA2 drive. (Or would it simply do this automatically?)
Are both ways viable?
, The P7P55D-E
manual, in the introductory para in Section 4.5
(page 4-16) states that:
”A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing Windows XP operating system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set.”
In other words, the relevant RAID driver(s) are not
included on the Win XP Pro CD (including the SP3 CD I should note), and therefore must be implemented by other means. In this instance, that means by floppy disk!
The manual then gives instructions on how to make the floppy disk containing the RAID driver(s) over Sections 4.5.1
. It appears that I can get the driver(s) from the accompanying ASUS support DVD or online via a simple Google search for “Intel AHCI/RAID driver
” and clicking on the first Intel link. (Link: http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&sourc...%2FRAID+driver
Given that I am using Windows XP Pro SP3, I will do this step.
I wonder if anyone can explain this step a little more clearly? For instance:
* Why the need for a floppy-based install from an F6 interrupt?
* Also, should I install the RAID drivers after adjusting the BIOS or Intel Matrix Storage Manager settings, or before? My current understanding is that I do it after.
, Unfortunately, I do not have a floppy drive, nor does the ASUS P7P55D-E
motherboard have a floppy drive connector on it.
Therefore, I believe I will have to use an external USB
floppy disk drive when (i), creating a SATA RAID driver floppy disk, and (ii), installing the driver(s) from that floppy disk.
My preference is the Freecom External 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive (with standard USB connection). At time of writing, it costs £21.51 direct from Amazon, including delivery. Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Freecom-2276...dp/B00028MGS4/
(I’d have liked to have bought an internal drive, but all of the internal units found online had ancient 34 PIN IDC connectors, which are not present on the relatively new P7P55D-E
Is this a good solution? For future reference, does anyone know where I can get a Floppy (only) drive with an internal USB connector? (On that front, I’m not interested in a floppy/card reader combo drive.)
, Section 4.5.3
(page 4-17) of the P7P55D-E
manual specifies that the actual install process
for the RAID driver for Windows XP users is as follows:
1. During the OS installation [or: during post-installation boot-up with Windows CD in optical drive], press the F6 key to “interrupt” the typical process (in order to install the “third party” SCSI or RAID driver).
2. Insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the USB floppy disk drive.
3. When prompted to select the SCSI adapter to install, select Intel ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO/PCH SATA RAID Controller.
4. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
Does anyone have any experience with this process, and any views as to how reliable it is? (The reason I ask is that I have read some NewEgg reviews that noted the process failed.) Moreover, can this be done even although I have already
fully completed my install of Win XP Pro SP3 to my main SATA1 drive
? I believe it can, but I would like to make sure.
, Section 4.5.4
(pages 4-17 to 4-19) of the motherboard (P7P55D-E
) manual specifies that
“Windows XP may not recognize the USB floppy disk drive when you [attempt to] install the RAID driver from a floppy disk during the OS installation”.
In response, it outlines a solution/preventative measure that involves adding the USB floppy disk drive’s Vendor ID (VID) and Product ID (PID) to the floppy disk containing the RAID driver.
Has anyone had any experience with this process, or any views on how reliable/successful this solution/preventative measure is?
If of interest, the manual can be consulted via: http://uk.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=9i872VNaAILRp8bS
> select “Downloads” > select “Win XP” > select “Manual”.
, As an alternative
to the floppy/floppy drive process, I believe I can use the nLite
software program to “slipstream” the relevant RAID driver(s) (obtained online, or from the ASUS mobo support DVD) on to a “re-created” version of my WinXP Pro SP3 disc.
The relevant instructions appear to be on the nLite forums: http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/1075...-raid-drivers/
Am I correct here? What would I do after setting-up the disc? Would I just boot-up the machine with the disc in the optical drive, then let the install process automatically install the drivers?