HOW TO: Windows Installation Thread (includes SATA III, SSD Upgrade, RAID0 Discussion)

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  1. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox BGA Filth-Hating Elitist

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    Maybe the third slot is a port replica that is causing a bit of unusual behavior.
     
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    Volkly Notebook Enthusiast

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    Have you tried setting it in bios, setting hd to raid and the ctrl + i during the bootup to create your raid 0. If that doesn't work, there might be a problem with the mb controllers.
     
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    The bios is set to raid and I did create the raid volume with ctrl+i, no luck. Hoping nothing as bad as mb controllers. I'll find out here in a couple hours. Even thinking about trying different ssd's just in case.
     
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    If you're still having trouble, try what I suggested earlier. I doubt there is anything wrong with your system. It could be something buggy with the SSD controller itself. Are you using SSD drives with a SandForce controller?

    Install Windows in a single drive configuration. Install RST and create the RAID0 array using RST within Windows. It works great that way... Simple and no fuss. I have done it several times.
     
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    I set it up as your suggested, 1st and 3rd slot, set up raid in windows, says to reboot and when it does, hardware failure. I can set it up in the 1st and 2nd slot, raid works fine but drops down to 3gbs. Talking to dell again to find out whats going on.
     
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    Darn. Sounds like it may be the mobo then. I'm so sorry to hear that.
     
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    I worked with Dell last night, went through the diagnostics, when I set up the two mushkin 240 GB drives in raid 0, one would fail. Now I'm getting constant failures (only when setting them up in raid) from one drive, works fine stand alone. maybe I'm lucky and one drive is really bad. Weird I can set up raid on 3gb/s with no problems but maybe something internal is an issue. I talked the egg into letting me return those drives, trying something else, marvel controller versus sandforce. we'll see how it goes. If not, Dell is suppose to call me tonight and work on it some more.
     
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    Good luck, bro. I hope it turns out to be a Mushkin/Sandforce SSD issue and not the motherboard. Crossing my fingers, because I initially had issues with the Agility 3 drives not being seen in the BIOS as previously mentioned. I'm looking forward to hearing of resolution.
     
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    So, mixed feelings with Mushkin and not a great experience with Dell so far.

    Short story, when I bought my first Mushkin ssd, 2x120, one of the two were bad, I had to rma, the turn around was quick.

    Talking to dell last night, we went through diagnostics and in raid, one drive would show issues, only in raid.

    I talked to the egg after thinking about this and they worked with me to change drives.

    Side note, dell was suppose to call tonight, they did not. They told me last night, since I did not buy the drives from dell, it would cost 120 dollars to set them up and refund if theres an issue. Um, I know how to set them up, theres an issue.

    So, I installed the new drives (7mm, very nice, 2x256ssd raid 0 and 500 hitachi 7200 7mm, plenty of breathing space, very impressed, spendy but impressed) and guess what, they installed, no issues. One of the mushkin were bad (or both?). So, my luck with mushkin has been 50/50, guess it was time to move on to another vendor.

    Side note, hope dell support gets better, I've got a 4 year support and accidental, since I didnt pay double for the ssd's they want me to pay more?

    Update:
    So, everything is installed in it's proper place, the second ssd is in the 6gb/s slow but in RST, it's showing as 3gb/s. Very annoying. Not confident dell can resolve this. Wondering if it's a bios or an issue with the motherboard.
     
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    steviejones133 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    You're using port 0 and 2, right? - not the middle port?....my understanding was that top and bottom ports are Sata 6gps so if you have drives on them, you should be able to utilise it with Sata III drives.

    I hate to think that it's a repeat of the ports dropping speed that we saw on the R1.....the only "fix" for that (that I am aware of) was to swap out the MB :(
     
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