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Windows 7: How to install RAID10 next to SSD (with OS Win7) on P5K-E motherboard

17 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
How to install RAID10 next to SSD (with OS Win7) on P5K-E motherboard


I have big a problem with installing a RAID 10 next to the system Win 7 on SSD on the same motherboard.
Until now, I had a system Win7 Home Premium 64bit installed on a RAID 10. I just purchased a new SSD and today I installed a new system Win7 Professional 32bit on it.
To do this I had to switch in the BIOS operation mode SATA from RAID to AHCI. The Win7 installed correctly on the SSD, but I would also like to use the drives from the old RAID 10 and put new RAID 10 beside SSD - on the same motherboard.
The problem appeared when I tried to install a program to manage RAID arrays (Intel RST) Ė the program didnít install giving the message " The program does not support this platform ." Probably the problem is associated with AHCI mode in the BIOS, but I'm not sure about that, this mode is needed to handle the SSD so I can not change it to RAID.
I connected SSD on SATA 5 , slots 1-4 are waiting for RAID but at this point I feel defeated and I donít know what more I can do.
Can someone give me a hint how to solve this problem or how to install RAID 10 and SSD with Win7, side by side on a single motherboard (ASUS P5K-E), without additional RAID controller inserted in the PCI-E slot . Is such a configuration possible at all ?

Thank you in advance

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19 Jan 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

In BIOS change from AHCI back to RAID. Your SSD will still work as if its using AHCI.

On single disk setups, if the controller is set to RAID it will function as AHCI....I set mine up this way (Windows 7 on single SSD, 3 X 1TB disks as RAID5 and 2 x 1TB disks as RAID0)
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19 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Thank you for the advice.
Do I have to install the System again? (I installed the System and all drivers with AHCI mode enabled in the BIOS). If the function TRIM for SSD will be active in RAID option?
Of course I'll try your method but I'm a little afraid BSOD because P5K-E is an old motherboard.

I also thought to leave AHCI mode in the BIOS and make a RAID 0 in Windows 7 (via the OS Disk Management in Computer Management) and install a third drive HDD as a backup for the RAID 0 (via ACRONIS).
Is this a good idea?

Thank you very much for the tips
Best regards
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