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Ok, i have enough of raid to last a life time. Can someone tell me how to set this mobo up using the 4 sata drives in a non raid environment? What do i need to do to drives to make them ready for this as all they have ever known is raid.

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Well its not going to well. Disabled raid in bios, made sure boot priority was correct, booted. No hard drives detected in bios. Disconnected all but sata1, rebooted, error installing OS in bios. Disconnected last sata drive, removed cdrom on ide1 and installed a WDCaviar 30 gig. Booted and waited at least 45 seconds for it to be detected Then began windows install, made it to first windows install restart promt, restarted, and it went to black screen after all detections were finished. Single promt in upper left hand corner of screen was only visible life. Rebooted, and windows restarted install again, i let it do its thing, prompting for removal of first install when asked. First reboot leads me back to blinking promt. Out of desperation i went thru bios settings and made sure everything was good, and turned on S.M.A.R.T hardrive support. Made no differance, again with the blinking promt.

 

(Raid was corrupting every time i ran BF2 after a defrag. Could have been Americas Army that did it, i dont know. It just took me to long te see the connection between defrag, and the begining of the end for raid array. Array would start reporting corrupt drives.)

 

I am in no rush here, but would rather get this thing set up solid then fast. I have not felt this machine to ever be reliable, and want to make that factor a serious goal for this run.

 

Im so disgusted right now, i need to just log, and deal with it after work tommorow.

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You will need to find a utility to wipe the drives. Once a drive has been part of a RAID array you need to break the array before removing the drives.

 

Since the drives have the previous RAID info written to them, wiping the drive is the only way to remove the RAID info.

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You will need to find a utility to wipe the drives. Once a drive has been part of a RAID array you need to break the array before removing the drives.

 

Since the drives have the previous RAID info written to them, wiping the drive is the only way to remove the RAID info.

 

 

Anyone know a name for this utility?

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1. Im sitting here wondering if i should do a mirror set up?

 

2. Would it be less likely to corrupt?

 

I really dont need much hard drive space, as this machine is for gaming only.

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1. Im sitting here wondering if i should do a mirror set up?

 

2. Would it be less likely to corrupt?

 

I really dont need much hard drive space, as this machine is for gaming only.

RAID-0 is blindingly fast but is more likely to fail.

 

RAID-1 is as fast as a single drive but with backup in case of failure.

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1. Im sitting here wondering if i should do a mirror set up?

 

2. Would it be less likely to corrupt?

 

I really dont need much hard drive space, as this machine is for gaming only.

 

If you use the system for gaming then throughput is what you need for loading games initially as well as loading levels. For this , I believe RAID-0 is your best bet.However forget redundancy in the event of a single disk failure, for that , RAID-1 is your option.

 

About corruption : I don't beleive that either option would be more predisposed to corruption. I know that RAID-0 is far more susceptible to data loss in the event of disk failure given that the data is "shared" between the disks in the array rather than copied to eash disk as in RAID 1.

 

Hope all this helps.

 

Cheers,

Caspanis

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