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    Do yourself a huge favor and stay away from anything HighPoint. I have 8 nice hitachi enterprise drives that were part of a raid 6 array that went kaput. Still waiting to recover the data. Their tech support is aweful as well. That card has been nothing but trouble for me. I've used raid 5, raid 6, but they all turn into raid-down. I'll never buy highpoint again. Spend a few extra bucks on 3ware, areca, or adaptec. You will regret buying highpoint if you do.
  2. One of my clients had me setup a small fileserver for them with existing hardware. I got them a Promise 4310 sata raid controller and plugged 2 x 750GB Seagate ST3750330AS drives. Everything seems to be working OK in raid 1. I'm not overly impressed with the speed of these drives. But they're working. However...someone did a hard reboot of the server instead of calling me. The array went critical, and now it's rebuilding. It's at about 40% The only problem is that it started rebuilding over 53 hours ago. 40% complete on a RAID 1 750GB array. What is going on here? Another unusual thing, the drives have always been in 1.5gb/s mode, and I thought the controller was 3.0. But that shouldn't matter at all. The real question is what's going on? This array should rebuild in a few hours. In the Promise WebPAM, I have the rebuild speed set to HIGH as it has always been. Anyone have ideas?
  3. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...em=250192716492 Topic description says it all. Currently at $75 with free shipping. Brand new. I bought it as a replacement, and then didn't send it back in time so now I can't send it back to Newegg -- off to eBay
  4. Thanks for the reply, Continuum. I'm glad someone finally chimes in with some help. I realized right away that I would need to get a new mobo. I'm not going to tolerate stupid BS like this. I will look into those two you recommended. Thanks again.
  5. I'm PISSED right now. I just sent the 3ware care back yesterday, received my HighPoint 3520 today (I was hoping it would work). It does the same thing -- no boot, no post. I spent $550 and $420 on these cards respectively. I spent $260 on the motherboard, which is by far the MOST I have ever spent on a workstation board. To have it not work to specifications...to the point it won't even post when I install expansion cards? WTF. I guess I should have read more before I purchased it. I would just assume these days, since PCIe has been out for so long, everything would be implemented correctly and working. SOBs. Other than this problem, this motherboard is quite nice, tweakable as hell, runs fast as hell, very stable. But the fact that I can't use expansion cards is unacceptable and unforgivable.
  6. I updated the firmware on the 3ware card, using another computer (which booted up fine and worked fine with the card). That did NOT fix my problem -- my computer still will not post when the raid card is installed. I don't know if the chipset (Intel), motherboard (DFI), or adapter (3ware) is to blame here. But a problem definitely exists. I doubt anyone else has gotten this card to work with this motherboard. If so, then the only other device I can think of that's causing the problem is the graphics card. I have to pull the graphics card out to fit an aftermarket heatsink anyhow, so maybe for shits and giggles I'll give it a try and see if that was the problem. Either way, this card is going back and will have to be exchanged for a competitor's card. How unfortunate -- it was supposed to be a very fast and, more importantly, reliable card. Technically I have 4 open SATA ports (2 left on the ICH9R and 2 on another onboard controller) open, but I will not be using these for raid. I have 8 enterprise sata drives that I'm intent on running on a hardware raid controller, raid level 6. This is really disappointing.
  7. I bought a 3ware 9650SE-8LPML PCIe controller I also have a DFI LP UT P35-T2R motherboard The computer will NOT boot or even post for that matter when I install the 3ware card. Upon power-on, I get NO signal to the monitor. I've tried clearing the cmos, disabling all onboard devices, unplugging all devices (even USB keyboard and mouse), and I've tried various bios settings. There is a PCI express setting, with choices of x1 x1 or x4 NC ("no card" I'm guessing it stands for). This is driving me nuts. This computer runs AWESOME, everything runs perfectly, except now for this expansion card. I've heard of people having problems with x4 cards in a x16 slot in P35 and X38, etc Intel motherboards. Is this the problem I'm facing? And is there no solution? Great...scratch the idea of hardware raid, or try a different vendor? The only devices I have in expansion slots are 1) PCIe MSI 8800 Ultra in slot #1 2) PCI SoundBlaster Audigy 4 in slot #5 (PCI slot #2). I removed the soundblaster when I first tried the 3ware, and it didn't work. I've tried the 3ware in both x16 slots. The only x16 slot I did not try it in, is the one occupied by the 8800 ultra video card. I am pissed. I made the assumption that INTEL would have their !@#$ together with this chipset. It's a very nice chipset indeed. Why the problems? Is the mobo vendor to blame? Anyone with a similar problems on a DFI and/or P35-based board?
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    AHCI and RAID 1 on ICH9R

    Shouldn't you be thanking gigabyte for the intel? Welcome to the P35 club though. I'm a new member of this club myself. So far, I haven't had any experiences I can complain about with the controller. A little tinkering and you can get to know it well. Also, you might want to download the latest drivers/utility for that controller directly from Intel in case Gigabyte is giving you the old version. Latest is 7.60..1011 Raid 5 seems to work pretty nicely with this controller as well. Initialization is a bear tho P.S. - Intel has an F6 floppy with the same driver version on there. I don't know if it makes a difference, but I took the time to snag that as well before installing Windex
  9. Playing with it some more last night...I tried to verify the volumes...and they could not be verified because they hadn't been initialized yet. So now I'm waiting for that again. Sigh.
  10. Indeed, that's what happened. Also, after waiting through the long...long...terribly long...almost 24 hours of "Initialization" I found that Windows XP will NOT read from the drive. I used a drive benchmarking program, and got a score of 55,000 MB/s (oh yeah ) The line went literally off the chart -- it was pretty amusing. The working drive was reading at around 160MB/s which doesn't seem to be too bad with write-back off. I can handle those speeds I suppose -- hopefully be able to squeeze more on the other array volume with write-back on. The disk will show up in device manager, but not in disk manager. In device manager it says "unreadable." This was obviously extremely disappointing and frustrating after waiting all of that initialization time. Apparently the 2TB limit is on DISKS and not just partitions. I always thought it was just partitions...but you learn by doing it So I just scrapped the entire array, volumes, everything. Went back into the Intel ICH9V Raid bios, and created a new array with two volumes (even though intel calls is two arrays in their bios). The volumes show up at disks devices in windows -- naming is quite nice too by the way. I created one 100GB volume (which write-back will be disabled) and the remaining volume is a little under 2 TB. Installed windows (it was literally faster than backing everything up and restoring) again. This time, my large array volume did NOT need to be initialized (still wondering why that is). Perhaps initialization is ONLY if you create the array in windows using the Intel Matrix Storage Manager? OK, so good. No initialization -- that's great. The disks are both in device manager, with proper remaining space, partitions, etc. I created a few partitions on the BIG array volume (they will be temporary partitions). I'm formatting one right now -- it's 1200GB in size. It's...20% done right now. It should be done in a couple hours. The remaining ~800GB partition I will start right before going to bed and they both should easily be done before I wake up. Moral of the story: Don't create your ICH9R raid arrays in windows using the Matrix Storage Manager, or you may have to suffer endless initialization. On the bright side of things: the performance seems to be quite good. I haven't tried it since the reformat -- but I will try it tomorrow and take a few screenshots for everyone. I'll be interested to see what write-back does to performance. I plan on having it ON (increases performance but decreases reliability, right?) for my big volume, and off for my boot volume. The big volume will be repartitioned, btw. Those two big partitions are just for some playing around and some data recovery. So a little more testing tomorrow. If I can get the storage and data recovery straightened out, then I get to get into the fun stuff - OCing and stress testing the setup with some games Then the box goes into production as my main workstation and I probably won't be able to game much
  11. I didn't realize I had posted this. I haven't tried the floppy directly from Intel. Intel's driver support is pretty cryptic. It's hard to determine what the right driver for the job is. I came across some "Matrix Storage..." software for the chipset, and it referred to certain revisions of the chip...like I have any idea which revision DFI used here. I don't feel like ripping off the heatsink to find out. Anyhow, I DID solve the problem. Apparently, if you create one large raid 5 array (single volume) the controller doesn't wish to allow you to boot from it. Once you create a smaller (I haven't played with it to see where the cutoff is) array, you can boot from it. Then I just created a second array (or pretty much a volume) from the remaining space -- which was forced. It's still going through initialization right now. So in 15 hours or whatever I'll do some testing and let you guys know what kind of performance I'm able to squeeze from this. Then tomorrow, I will hopefully have my hardware array going on this machine as well. So we can do software vs. hardware on the same box. I'm guessing it's going to take a lot of tinkering to get decent performance from the ICH9R. Raid is so touchy when it comes to performance, and software raid seems to be the most touchy.
  12. That's what I'm getting when I try to install WindexP Professional SP2 on my DFI LP UT P35-T2R's onboard ICH9R raid. I'm running 4x Hitachi UltraStar A7K1000s 750GB setup as a raid 5 array on the onboard controller. Here's the message I sent to DFI to seek a solution:
  13. I don't know if Hitachi makes 1TB drives in their Ultrastar family... I just picked up 4 Ultrastar A7K1000s (750GB). They were $20-30 more than the regular 7K1000s...but claim to have a "target MTBF" of 1.2million hours... hopefully they have the same performance as well, with added reliability! This might be something you want to check out and see if they're available.
  14. If I'm not mistaken, the outside of the platter is the fastest for sequential transfer rates. However, the inside of the platter is fastest for access time -- so if you have a lot of small little OS files, or frequently-accessed swap file, etc -- the inside is the fastest. It depends on how you're using the computer, most of all. If I'm wrong, someone please correct me.
  15. My mobo is a DFI LP UT P35-T2R -- I haven't seen anything about compatibility problems with the 9650SE...do you know of any with Intel P35-based boards? As for the spare card -- great advice, but I don't currently have spare $$ to throw at such a luxury