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Hi Guys,

 

I'm new to the forums so be gentle..! :angel:

 

I've just swapped from my Asus A8N-SLi Premium to the NF4 SLI-DR EXPERT. I like the board but some thing is baffling me.

 

I set up my HDDs as I used to run them on my ASUS (you can see the setup in my sig) and for some reason windows is seeing my 2x 74Gig Raptors as two single drives and not a combined drive as it should do when in RAD0? :confused: . I'm using the nvRAID and not the Silicone image. I believe the nvRAID run on the PCI-E bus so it runs faster.

 

Can some one give me some advice or shed some light on the situation?!

 

Many thanks,

 

Agent.

 

P.S. Sorry if this question has come up before. I've spent a while with the search tool but I suck at using them... :(

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Hi Guys,

 

I'm new to the forums so be gentle..! :angel:

 

I've just swapped from my Asus A8N-SLi Premium to the NF4 SLI-DR EXPERT. I like the board but some thing is baffling me.

 

I set up my HDDs as I used to run them on my ASUS (you can see the setup in my sig) and for some reason windows is seeing my 2x 74Gig Raptors as two single drives and not a combined drive as it should do when in RAD0? :confused: . I'm using the nvRAID and not the Silicone image. I believe the nvRAID run on the PCI-E bus so it runs faster.

 

Can some one give me some advice or shed some light on the situation?!

 

Many thanks,

 

Agent.

 

P.S. Sorry if this question has come up before. I've spent a while with the search tool but I suck at using them... :(

 

 

Hi Agent WD40,

 

This is tricky , and I've never done it but given that both motherbaords use the same chipset (and hence the same RAID controller) , maybe it will work.

 

Question: You had these raptors :drool: drives on the nvRAID on the ASUS board right ?

 

1) If answer to above is yes , then have a look at the RAID config option within the expert's BIOS, ensure that the ports to which you have the drives (the raptors :drool: ) connected are enabled in the nvraid section of the Bios.

 

2) After item one , when the system is posting , you have to access (Press key when prompted ) and then set up a RAID array (This is where I have serious doubts as to whether this will work at all :eek: ) of the SAME type as you had on the ASUS board. Ensure that you do not clear the newly created RAID array. Save this setup and hope for the best.

 

If you have any issues/questions , please do not hesitate to post these.

 

Note: Please ensure that you completely back up all your important data on the raptors :drool: before attempting the above as there is a high possibility of complete data loss !

 

Cheers,

Caspanis

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hey not to take over the thread, but which raid controller would be better for raid0? nvraid or silicon image raid?

 

nvRAID will be your best bet.

 

caspanis and ebdoradz, thanks for the help with that one! I'm going to have a play with it tomorrow night, busy tonight...

 

I'll keep you update. But i'm going to try with putting a new Windows onto my Raptors and giving the 36Gig to a mate.

 

Agent.

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nvRAID will be your best bet.

 

caspanis and ebdoradz, thanks for the help with that one! I'm going to have a play with it tomorrow night, busy tonight...

 

I'll keep you update. But i'm going to try with putting a new Windows onto my Raptors and giving the 36Gig to a mate.

 

Agent.

 

Agent WD40 ,

 

I hope it works out , please tell of your progress as you may help others out with similar issues :)

 

Cheers,

Caspanis

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Ok, this is driving me slightly barmy...

 

I've tried the nvRAID in both 6.66 and 6.70 from nVidia, no joy.

 

I've tried putting windows onto RAID0 74gig Raptors with the silicone image, no joy.

 

I've tried putting windows onto RAID0 74gig Raptors with nvRAID, blue screen of death just before I get into the normal windows screen!

 

I'm going to try a BIOS update now.

 

Lets see what that has to hold...

 

Agent.

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Hey dude.

I also migrated a set of two WD Raptors on RAID0 from a Asus A8N-SLI to the DFI SLI-DR Expert.

 

I used the silicon image on both as I found it to be more reliable. The downside is when you install windows using SILIM as a raid controller then Windows requires you to install the raid drivers before installing windows (by pressing F6 at the very start of win setup and inserting floppy disk.)

 

So in short:

* Clear all settings everywhere!

* Restart PC and disable NV raid in bios

* Restart again and press F10 to enter Silicon Image RAID controller just after POST

* Set up RAID0 in here following instructions in manual if needed

* Restart again and begin the windows load ensuring you followed steps above

********** That should be it****************

 

Gotta say though - blue BSOD's scream out hardware issues to me. Theres not much config to get wrong with RAIDS - ie if it detects then it works!!!! If it detects but causes BSOD's then I would be concerned - may be worth using PC CHECK to check the drives.

 

Hope this helps!

Let us know how you get on.

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Hi leighrogers,

 

Thanks for that mate! I just tried the exact thing and it seems to be working. I dont run my OS on the RAID set, I have a baby 36Gig for that. All seems to be going ok atm. I am just transfereing all the info from my external HDD to 250Gig so I can get cracking on setting every thing up...

But I will try the PC check. If bue BSODs imply some Hardware issues, I'd better look into it!

 

madian225, I tried 'em but with no real joy. But thanks for the suggestion. I was pretty much in the mood to give any thing a shot to make it work!

 

Thanks again guys.

 

Agent.

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