I'm about at my wit's end trying to figure out my problem and finally decided I should ask the pros for help, since an exhaustive search of the interwebs has turned up nothing. I'm a hobby PC user so please be patient with me. So here is my problem.
I recently bought all the stuff to build an HTPC/gaming rig for my girlfriend and I and I wanted to set up RAID 1 but no matter what I try, I can't get it to work. Here is my rig.
ASRock H77 Pro4-M mobo
(2) 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm; 6.0GB/s HDD
(4) 2GB G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR 1600 RAM
EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Video Card
Cooler Master 600W Silent Power supply
I think that's about it.
Here is what I've done.
I went into bios and set my storage configuration to RAID. After, I saved and exited, and allowed the machine to reboot. When it did, I pushed Ctrl + I to enter the RAID volume setup menu. I labeled the volume, chose RAID 1, selected my drives, selected my size, and saved and exited. Then I booted from my Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit (Dell OEM, if that matters). I selected my regional settings, and when prompted, accepted the terms and selected "Custom" install. At the drive select screen, I saw one disk, which I believe is what I should see. I highlighted the drive and selected "Load Drivers." I used the driver labeled with the arrow in the attatched image. I got it from my mobo's website found here ASRock > Products > H77 Pro4-M
. After the driver loaded, I removed the USB drive, hit "Refresh" and selected the Drive 0. When I clicked next, I got an error that read "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the setup log files for more Information." No matter what I did, I could not proceed past this point. I decied to try a software RAID. I reset everything in BIOS to ACHI (I think that is what it was labeled as), and then proceeded to boot from the windows CD. This time, I saw both drives. I was able to select Disk 0 and install windows. Afterwards, I got all my drivers loaded and then tried to use Intel Rapid Storage to create a software RAID. However, when I started the utility, I found that I don't have the "Create" button. So it seems I can't even try to create a software RAID. I have looked in the disk manager of windows and the option to create a mirrored volume is greyed out.
As I've stated, I'm totally lost on what to do. Hopefully one of you tech savy individuals can help me out.
Thanks in advance.