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Missing RAID-0 partition

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by alex_123_fra, Dec 6, 2011.

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  1. alex_123_fra

    alex_123_fra Thread Starter

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    Hi, apologies in advance for the extremely novice nature of this but I am new to this.

    I have a ROCK Xtreme SL8 laptop with a Clevo D900C motherboard. There are no Win7 drivers for this and when my vista 64-bit install finally died, I decided to do a fresh install with win7 ultimate today.

    I also wanted to recreate my RAID-0 configuration with 2 Samsung 250GB drives (and I'm not worried about fault tollerances or recovery as its a gaming laptop). This motherboard isn't supported by any win7 drivers so I used the vista ultimate drivers except for the chipset ones which I got directly from Intel and I installed the latest version of IC8HR compatible ones. Using this I made a software RAID-0 array once windows was already installed.

    Now everything is fine and the array read/write speed is fine, but "my computer" is simply unable to find the array. It only recognises 1 of the 2 Samsung drives. When I go into computer management, both drives are there although 1 is seen as a boot volume and the other as a "raw" drive without a letter attached to it.

    What do I need to do in order to get windows to recognise the array? The storage controller recognises it and has it as working normally.

    Any help appreciated.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    So you basically want to have a 500GB "volume" instead of the two 250 GB ones? If so, you will need to use the options in Disk Management for creating a "dynamic" disk instead of a "basic" one.
     
  3. alex_123_fra

    alex_123_fra Thread Starter

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    Thanks Elvandil, yes I am trying to make win7 recognise a 500 GB RAID-0 volume.

    I tried playing with disc manager and it seems the discs are already dynamic but not merged and I cannot change this. Here are some images:

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    Not sure if the best solution is to do a fresh install again and use disc manager to create the software RAID-0, or is there another way to fix this?
     
  4. Triple6

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    You're only seeing one physical drive in Disk Management because thats the way its suppose to be, RAID-0 combines two drives by striping the data across both. You do however have two partitions on the volume and the D: partition is not formatted, you need to format it before you can use it.
     
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