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Re: RAID 0 and restore image
I think you may be in for a rude awakening when you try this.
The underlying "drive geometry" when using RAID completely changes compared to a standalone disk. A standalone disk may show X Y and Z values, while the geometry of the "disk" (RAID volume) will be completely/entirely different.
Depending on how the backup software behaves and at what level, this may or may not work for you.
Furthermore, the actual device naming semantics tend to change under Windows when you change storage drivers. I.e. you're going from native AHCI to some "mystery vendor-lock-in" crap ("Gigabyte Marketing Hooplah") driven by the Marvell 9172 chip.
For example, if I switch my BIOS from from standard SATA (i.e. non-AHCI) to AHCI (and I despite having Intel's RST drivers installed), BSOD is the result. Why? Because Windows refers to the "root device" (OS device) by a unique string, something like \\.PhysicalDrive0 or \\?\Device\HarddiskVolumeX (I forget which) -- while Intel RST results in this being called something like \\Device\Ide\iaStor0 (I forget the exact name). You'll see something like this, and possibly only for a split second:
Or possibly this:
It's probably named something very different with the XHD/Marvell stuff.
My advice is:
1. Don't bother screwing around and spending hours/days dealing with this -- configure the RAID-0 array, and reinstall Windows fresh on it (assuming it will even see your array, re: what others have told you about drivers),
2. Be aware of what you're giving up by going with this XHD and Marvell controller. More often than not you lose visibility into the drives themselves (such as being able to examine SMART attributes to see if a drive is actually having issues). Ask yourself if you really need RAID-0 (you probably don't and just want to fool around -- consider something like an SSD instead),
3. If despite the above you still want to do it, make sure you're doing backups regularly (I would advise daily). You know how it goes with RAID-0 -- the instant you experience any anomaly with the storage subsystem on any drive, you lose your entire array.
Finally, you might want to ask Gigabyte Technical Support the exact same question you asked folks here on DSLR/BBR. They may be able to tell you what to expect.
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As pointed out start fresh and load the raid drivers at the F6 prompt if using XP or the 'addition drivers' notification of Win 7.
Anything else would be too arduous and the fact that trying to mod as such a low level to make it work would not guarantee the speeds would be obtained either due to possible incorrect call functions and hence those BSOD's pointed out above, raid 0 is risky enough without having troubles added by trying to compromise.
Do it correctly and do it once, and as mentioned backup the array.
I'd almost go looking at an extra drive or 2 and looking at raid 5.
quote:Then you will help avoid total loss of that raw data of your projects if there are hdd/sata cable failure etc.
Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
That might be the better option for your needs.
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