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Windows 7: Where to post for RAID help? RAID10-4x500gb,SB710+M4A785TD-MEVO

27 Jan 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

how about just using RAID on the first 4 ports and testing if that has issues too?

if it does, time to get a new board

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27 Jan 2011   #12

windows 7, mac os X

yeap thats exactly what im going to do .. new experiment i just got another seagate drive so i have 2 seagates 500gb baracudas and 2 wd's caviar blues.. going to put the caviar blues on port 2+3 and seagates on the really troublesom ports 5-6 and hardware raid0 each pair and see what happens
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27 Jan 2011   #13

windows 7, mac os X

do you think quickformating vs formatting properly would have an impact on my situation here?

heres my new experiment im trying

2xWD caviar blue on SATA ports 2-3
raid0 with 128k stripe
SLOW Format (ive been quickformatting the past few times)

2xSeagate Baracuda on SATA ports 5-6
raid1 / 64k
SLOW Format again
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27 Jan 2011   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

nope, no impact re: quick / regular.

all the regular does is check for bad blocks and mark any it finds.

also, just to throw this into the mix - if you get any RAID issues now on ports other than 5-6, do look into the TLER aspect... (apparently, it can be disabled on some drives so that they dont drop out of the RAID array... and just to complicate things a bit, the RAID software itself can also cause drives to drop out of the array - though in your case, it seems to be a hardware issue rather than a software issue because of those ports 5-6)
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27 Jan 2011   #15

windows 7, mac os X

i may just have to use Software RAID.. im pretty sure i wouldnt have any problems if the drives were singular as far as the hardware is concerned.. this is my last attempt at hardware.. if i get so much as one msg of a drive unplugging thats it.. im either taking the board back or going with software raid.. depending on how lazy i am. although i have my eye on a gigabyte board that has usb3 capability and pretty much the same specs but also has raid5 capability with the SB850 io chipset

dunno if my situation would be any different with a gigabyte board as opposed to an asus board.. i think they pretty much use the same chipsets
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27 Jan 2011   #16

windows 7, mac os X

a guy on another board suggested that i wont have the same problem with the seagate drives and that yes its related to the Timing out of the error correction on the WD drives.. but i had 1 seagate in a trple stripe raid0 yesterday and it was 'unplugging' , and i also have 2 other WD drives in my asus intel based pc running on the ICHR8 intel raid chipset and its working like a rock. never had a problem.. meanwhile the same exact drives in THIS amd machine, RAID XPERT was telling me that the drive had bad blocks etc... and giving me all kinds of error messages so i put those wd drives back in my intel machine and they again, worked like a rock, never a problem. ZERO prob;lems.

i also read a thread somewhere on a board about ATI drivers messing up RAID drivers... thats a possibility because this machine with the problems.. its got ATI graphics built in.. amd board. etc.. anyways the story i read on the other board somewhere ( cant remember where at this moment but i can track it down i think) was that this guys machine went thru windows update and the driver overwrote some southbridge drivers and he had the same type of problem.. i read this a few days ago and im just remembering about it now.. what if its just the RAID XPERT software thats screwing up on me..??? somewhere theres a problem.. ive got to find out what it is..! damnit
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27 Jan 2011   #17

Windows 7; Server 08; Window Home Server; Vista; XP

Jumper your drives for staggered spin up...

Also what raid are your trying to achieve. The post title says 10 (actually 0,1 double stripped with a mirror?)

Unless you are doing a 5 or just 2 raid 1's you will not be able to do a 0 + 1 unless both volumes are of equal size. Raid controllers can be finicky with mismatched drive sizes in 0+1 combos.

I would create your raid on 0,1,2,3 and put your boot drive on 4.

Also you are going to have issues if you do not remove the raid stripes before transferring the drives to another raid setup. I read where you took your WD's that worked great in 1 machine and tried them in another and it does not work... You cannot generally do that unless both machines are using the same raid controller. You have to break your array, wipe the drives, then move them to the other machine, configure your raid array and let it build.

Also drives with different firmware revisions can cause issues despite them being the same exact size.

Good luck.
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