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Windows 7: RAID 1 Gigabyte SATA Cannot find the array during Windows 7 install

10 Sep 2012   #21
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Please follow from pg. 84 of your manual - since you installed the disks in the GSATA slots, you must use the GSATA RAID controller (this is the one Dwarf referred to). You have to specify RAID, and only then can you enter the RAID configuration as shown on pg. 85.


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10 Sep 2012   #22
RKEdwizzle

Windows 7 Pro 32-Bit
 
 

Heya, I have followed the manual and created the RAID array for the GSATA however am experiencing the same issue, so when windows asks me here I want to install the OS; the drive/s(RAID) cannot be seen, when I search the USB for the SATA drivers, it says it cannot find them, I have downloaded every single driver from Gigabyte and put them on the root of the USB, it still cannot find them, (admittedly there are only drivers for vista and xp, there are limited win7 drivers) does this mean my mobo is too old to raid Windows7?

Thank you for your help I really appreciate it
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10 Sep 2012   #23
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Maybe I'm too late, but maybe not. Why bother with RAID1 on a desktop anyway? You are just wasting 50% of your space for very little in return. You would be much better off putting on drive in the system, and using the second as an offline backup in an external cage. Always remember the golden rule of RAID: RAID is not a backup. Simplify the setup and you'll be much better off in the long run.
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10 Sep 2012   #24
RKEdwizzle

Windows 7 Pro 32-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Maybe I'm too late, but maybe not. Why bother with RAID1 on a desktop anyway? You are just wasting 50% of your space for very little in return. You would be much better off putting on drive in the system, and using the second as an offline backup in an external cage. Always remember the golden rule of RAID: RAID is not a backup. Simplify the setup and you'll be much better off in the long run.
Heya fella, appreciate your input, but I have had 3 different harddrives in the last year with countless failures and frankly im pissed off with down time lol, its why im hopefully going to get this RAID 1 set up so that if a HDD fails I can just plug in another one. I am just cursed when it comes to my own computer lol

I may have to set up a software RAID but I would ideally like to do a Hardware RAID as in theory I have all the equipment to make it possible
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10 Sep 2012   #25
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RKEdwizzle View Post
I may have to set up a software RAID but I would ideally like to do a Hardware RAID as in theory I have all the equipment to make it possible
Unless you are using a dedicated card with a hardware coprocessor, you are still going to be running "software" RAID. Given your examples, you still may not be protected. If a file becomes corrupt due to issues with one drive...it will mirror the same. I can't stress it enough that RAID is not a method of backup or data protection. Given how cheap external cages are now, and how many good free Sync apps are available, such as SyncToy, that is your bst bet in protecting from a drive failure.

Above all of that, data in a backup is accessible from any computer. In an array, you need an identical setup, and you'll have to hope the new drive pays nice within the array and allows a rebuild. There are very good reasons why RAID on a desktop is a myth that's gone extinct.
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10 Sep 2012   #26
RKEdwizzle

Windows 7 Pro 32-Bit
 
 

mmm well at the end of the day pal ive paid for this as a little project as i wanted a RAID set up, so sorta wanna get this set up lol
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10 Sep 2012   #27
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RKEdwizzle View Post
are limited win7 drivers) does this mean my mobo is too old to raid Windows7?
Hi,

It is possible that the motherboard is too old - its dated 2009 which was the release for Windows 7 - the fact that there are limited Windows 7 drivers probably corroborates that.

What you might consider doing is installing to a single HDD, and then cloning that install to the 2nd HDD as a type of backup. There are plenty of free tools available for that - Macrium is well regarded.

Regards,
Golden
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11 Sep 2012   #28
RKEdwizzle

Windows 7 Pro 32-Bit
 
 

Oh, this is not good anyone got any advice for what to do now... Will buying a dedicated PCI RAID board thing an option? Thank you guys!
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12 Sep 2012   #29
RKEdwizzle

Windows 7 Pro 32-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RKEdwizzle View Post
are limited win7 drivers) does this mean my mobo is too old to raid Windows7?
Hi,

It is possible that the motherboard is too old - its dated 2009 which was the release for Windows 7 - the fact that there are limited Windows 7 drivers probably corroborates that.

What you might consider doing is installing to a single HDD, and then cloning that install to the 2nd HDD as a type of backup. There are plenty of free tools available for that - Macrium is well regarded.

Regards,
Golden

Oh, this is not good anyone got any advice for what to do now... Will buying a dedicated PCI RAID board thing an option? Thank you guys!
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12 Sep 2012   #30
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Buying a dedicated card should solve the issue, but like my advice previously, and what Golden suggested, there are better, cheaper ways to accomplish your goal. Don't close your mind to all solutions, because that's the primary way to miss a learning opportunity. We've all dealt with drive failures in the past, and it's extremely frustration...but a RAID1 setup is not the way to avoid them or their potential data loss. I can't stress it enough, that RAID on a desktop isn't worth the hassle, especially since it doesn't achieve your ultimate goal anyway. It's a fad that died out years ago. Golden and I are just making other suggestions based on our experience to help you better reach what you ultimately set out to do.
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