I need help - desperately.
I have a 4 * 500GB Seagate drives under a RAID 10 or is it 01 array (mirroring and striping) and this has and continues to work just fine attached to Ports 0 - 3 of the EP45-UD3R Gigabyte motherboard under Intel ICH10R and Windows 7. Volume Write-back Cache is enabled. So far no problem.
Now I attach 2 * 2TB Samsung HD 204UI drives (Ports 4&5) and build a separate Intel array encompassing the two new discs as a separate RAID 1 (mirroring only) array. Now the problems start.
Firstly one and then the other drive was reported as having failed. Manually enable the disc again and it gets rebuilt.
No matter what I do, every time I or an application writes to the new Samsung 2TB mirrored array 1, it causes a "failure" on one or other of the two drives (predominately the one on Port 5) and a rebuild of the array under the INTEL ICH10R Matrix Storage Manager software (version 22.214.171.1243).
I have observed new behaviour of this second array (on Gigabytes 2 purple SATA ports). when starting up Windows 7 Ultimate, one of the disc was reported by the BIOS as being OK and the array being rebuilt. However, when Windows 7 started, one of the drives was reported as missing. Then, seconds later, it reported it as being OK and being rebuilt. How weird is that?
What needs to be done to make the configuration work? Are the other SATA ports (Ports 4&5) ONLY configurable as RAID under Gigabytes own software?
An answer will, I am sure, help lots of folk - not just me.
Kind regards and lots of thanks to a solver.