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BSODs after setting up RAID

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I wanted to have more storage space and security, so I decided to do raid 5. I bought three additional 2tb drives , a total of 8TB. I also have a 128gb ssd. I also reformatted my ssd for a fresh install of win7 ultimate x64.

 

I create the raid 5 array, then install windows. 2 minutes pass, boom, BSOD. I try to reinstall windows, it bsods during install. I remove all hdds and try to install with only my ssd. It also bsod's.

 

I have previously had lots of bsods, most likely gfx related. I have not had a bsod in months though. It is late so tomorrow i will change gfx and try to reinstall. Do you have any other ideas in case the gfx is fine? I am currently clueless, it worked fine before I reformatted and put in the drives.

 

Specs

 

Ati 5970

I7 930

Gigabyte ud7

4x WD 2tb hdd

Corsair nova 128gb ssd

Corsair ram

 

Sorry if this is unclear, really tired right now..

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Is the system overclocked?

No, it's not.

 

A little update: i tried today installing windows with the raid array and everything worked fine. Will today do stress tests on all components to see if anything is broken.

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Hey Jump,

 

Hopefully the issue has resolved itself. If not double check and make sure that you are running the latest BIOS revision released for your board and also the latest AHCI/SATA/RAID drivers for your chipset. I'm assuming that you are using the onboard controller?

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I had that problem when I booted in AHCI mode . Maybe that has something to do with it ? I heard you had to edit windows registry for AHCI mode not to give BSOD on boot

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I heard you had to edit windows registry for AHCI mode not to give BSOD on boot

Not true. Assuming that you have the correct controller options set in your BIOS, and you did a fresh installation of Windows 7 - then Windows would have installed the correct controller drivers for your SSD and your RAID. The only time you have to edit the Windows registry would be if for example you selected IDE mode in the BIOS, installed Windows (which would have automatically installed the IDE driver) and then went back into the BIOS options and changed to AHCI. Or, I guess it could go visa-versa too.

 

Are you running both the SSD and the RAID array off of the Intel controller? Or is the SSD on the Marvell controller and the RAID on the Intel ICH10R (or maybe visa versa)?

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It's pretty rare these days, but it could be that the PSU can't handle the additional power requirement of the new drives, but it's a bit odd that the SSD-only scenario had a BSOD (unless you only disconnected the data cables).

 

You say you've had several BSODs in the past. If you're not overclocked, you could still be running unstable by using all the Auto settings in the BIOS. You may have to set the DRAM voltage manually for example.

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