I have recently set up a new PC System, and still have issues configuring the harddisc raid.
Here is the detailed description of my problem:
The relevant components are
- an ASUS P8Z68-V PRO, Sockel 1155, ATX, DDR3 (AMI Bios) Motherboard with Intel Chipset
- 1x SATA600 SSD
- and 2x SATA300 HDD,
- a DVD Drive
- and a BD Drive
For the installation of the OS (Windows 7 64 HomePremium) I set the DVD drive as primary boot device followed by the SATA 600 drive.
The SATA600 SSD Drive was chosen to be the system disc and all divers are installed there.
After the installation of Windows I installed in order:
- Asus (Intel Chipset) Mainboard Drivers
- Graphics Drivers
After installation of important drivers I rebooted the PC and entered the bios. SATA mode was initially AHCI which I set to RAID - then Save and Reset.
I entered the Raid setup Utility with ctrl-i to configure the Raid.
I build a raid-1 with both SATA300 HDDs using default values and rebootet the PC.
After rebooting I got a windows error message (white on black) telling me that windows would not start. The on sensible option was a repair mode, which I executed.
After unsuccessfully going through all points of the procedure the PC turned off again.
Next time on startup I did experiment with the boot sequence a bit: A new option - "windows bootmanager" - was now available which was set before the SSD. Exchanging those options priority did not help the least.
Only after setting the SATA mode back to AHCI did windows start up again normally. Both SATA300 HDDs do not show up in Windows at the moment.
Now I am wondering how I should go about making the HDDs available as a raid-1 without compromising my Windows installation on my SSD.