- Recently built my own PC. It works! Almost.
- It's been a while since getting into the guts of these things, so I'm familiar but may be missing something simple.
- FYI, I don't care about blowing the OS away -- it's brand new and we can go back from scratch as many times as necessary.
Goal / Issue
- I'd like to use the SSD to take advantage of Intel's Smart Response technology (allows the SSD to act as a cache for HDDs)
- I would like the SSD cache to act as a cache for my HDDs, which I would like to be in a RAID1 array (so I get the speed from the SSD and the redundancy from the RAID1)
- However, Windows only sees the drive in device manager (not as a drive), so I'm unsure what to do about that.
- Related: as far as I know, for this to work, the drives all have to be in a single RAID array (i.e. a RAID0 pairing of the SSD and the RAID1 HDD array).
- However, when attempting this at the BIOS level, I am told there is not enough space for an array.
Steps so Far
- Moved the SSD onto the Intel controller (I'd had it on the Marvel 6.0 controller instead of the Intel controller, so the BIOS was only seeing it in a strange way)
- Updated the BIOS of the motherboard to the latest version
- Reinstalled Intel's RST (iRST?) software several times, as some forums reported it working after reinstalling 3 times (which does not inspire confidence).
- Checked Intel storage: it does see the SSD as a physical, non-RAID device. However, it says no space exists if I try to create an array.
- Checked the BIOS: it does not show up in the boot order, but is an option that can be selected under boot options.
- Tried the firmware update for that model. Issue: the firmware CD doesn't detect a drive; maybe the Intel storage controller is making it difficult?
- moved the ssd to the marvel controller. The firmware update cd appeared to hang while searching for drives.
- swapped out the SATA cable for the manufacturer's and moved back to the intel storage controller.
- Noticed at this point that in the Intel RST software, a device DOES show up in addition to the RAID set -- only shown as a "60 GB internal disk". Windows doesn't appear to see it as a drive, but it does still show in device manager.
- Move SSD to port from 0-3 on MOBO and set SATA mode to IDE (after disconnecting RAID1 config) to allow the firmware update to work. Firmware was already at the latest version.
- ASUS P8Z68-V PRO motherboard (Intel Z68 Chipset)
- Intel i7 2600k Processor
- 2 x 1TB 7200 RPM HDDs
- 64 GB Crucial M4 SSD (M4-CT064M4SSD2)
For Reference -- Storage Configuration
Intel 3 gbps Intel 3gbps Intel 6gbps Marvel 6gbps +----------+ +----------+ +----------+ +----------+ | | <----+ | | +-+ | | | |----------| | |----------| |-|--------| |----------| | | | | + | | | | | | +----------+ | +--|-------+ +-|--------+ +----------+ | | | + v v | 1 TB HDD 64 GB SSD + +> 1 TB HDD
For Reference -- Intel RST (v10.8.0.1003) Screenshot
Don't mind the "rebuilding" -- knocked a power cable out at one point; it's doing its job, not an indicator of a bad HDD.
Any thoughts? Thanks in advance for any help!