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Windows 7: RAID array isn't recognized?

04 May 2011   #11
mastacox

Windows 7 Professional, 64-Bit Install
 
 

So my power supply took a dump last week, after shutting down the rig I couldn't turn it back on (the system wouldn't post or anything). There were multiple symptoms prior to final failure- my overclock stopped working, the BIOS was resetting intermittently, and several of my case fans were running very slowly. Putting a spare power supply in the machine fixed the problems; I was happy it wasn't the mobo or anything...

So I bought a new power supply (Thermaltake Toughpower 775W modular) and while I was at it bought a PCI-E SATA RAID card.

Newegg.com - Thermaltake Toughpower XT TPX-775M 775W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply GeForce GTX 470 Certified


Amazon.com: Syba SY-PEX40013 PCI Express SATA II 4x Ports RAID Controller Card, JMB Chipset: Electronics


I think with the new power supply I'll try using the PCI-E card for just my optical drive, and see if I can get the mobo's onboard RAID to work for me (I like nVidia's Windows RAID configuration utililty). It could be the problems I was seeing in setting up the RAID were all related to voltage drop due to a failing PSU, who knew?


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04 May 2011   #12
pooch

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the post keep us informed how it goes
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06 May 2011   #13
mastacox

Windows 7 Professional, 64-Bit Install
 
 

Well I got the power supply installed- it works great; but it didn't solve my problems in setting up a RAID array on the motherboard. I tried setting up an array in BIOS, it doesn't show up in windows; I tried setting up the array in the nVidia windows utility, same problem as before.

SO, I'm going to set it up on the PCI-E RAID board I got, and I'll just run the Blu-Ray drive on the motherboard. Would have liked to use the mobo for the nVidia configuration software in windows, but it seems that it doesn't work for me.
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06 May 2011   #14
mastacox

Windows 7 Professional, 64-Bit Install
 
 

Scratch that, I FINALLY got Windows to recognize a RAID array that I set up using the BIOS utility. It turns out that I had some sort of corrupt driver install- I went into Device Manager and uninstalled the driver for the nForce RAID controller and restarted. Windows found a driver on Windows Update and installed it, and after a restart voila! A new unallocated disk appears in the hard disk manager.

The nVidia configuration utility still doesn't seem to work, and in fact I think it was never properly communicating (maybe another driver problem?) When I load the nVidia Storage utility, it gives a message that "System information is not available." Not sure what's going on there, but at least I've finally got a mirrored array going that I can back my stuff up on.

Thank you Windows Update!
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07 May 2011   #15
mastacox

Windows 7 Professional, 64-Bit Install
 
 

Pictures of the new power supply. The cable routing's nothing exotic, but it is cleaner than before, and I've got less extra cables lying around in there...









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01 Dec 2012   #16
promillo

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mastacox View Post
Scratch that, I FINALLY got Windows to recognize a RAID array that I set up using the BIOS utility. It turns out that I had some sort of corrupt driver install- I went into Device Manager and uninstalled the driver for the nForce RAID controller and restarted. Windows found a driver on Windows Update and installed it, and after a restart voila! A new unallocated disk appears in the hard disk manager.
Mastacox you made my day! I had the same problem and nearly gave up until I found your post! Thank you!!!
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