My question is concerning RAID set up on the DP67BG Desktop Board. The board have 2 blue (6 GB) ports and 4 black (3 GB) ports. As I understand it, the black ports can be used for RAID and that's what I thought I did when I first set up my RAID 0. However, I notice that on boot up, I'm never shown the option to enter the RAID bios and one of my non RAID hard drives, while
recognize in the BIOS and in Intel's Rapid Storage Manager, reads O GB in both. Here is my SATA configuration:
The system boots to Windows 7 (Ultimate) quickly and everything appears fine. However, Windows does not recognize or show my 2 TB hard drive and I don't think RAID 0 is configured correctly. Here's what I tried so far: I tried moving both drives in the Array to ports 2 and 3 on the black connectors and I tried moving my 2 TB hard drive between ports (blue and black but the 2 TB hard drive continues to show 0 GB and the system stops on boot and indicates that the boot mgr. is missing. Now, according to the Storage Manager, the two disk that are in the array are on mixed colored ports. Port 0 (blue) and port 3 (black). A third hard drive (1 TB) is shown as status normal and available on port 2 (black) and the 2 TB hard drive is shown as 0 GB and unknown everything. What should I do to fix this? Your patience is truly appreciated. Thanks!
Here are answers to your various questions:
Hope this helps...
Thanks for all your help. I implemented your suggestion and everything is working fine now. I updated the RST and place both RAID drives on the 6 GB SATA Ports (the drives are 6 GB compatible). Everything is displayed properly in the BIOS and the RST. Apparently my 2.0 GB hard drive is dead which is causing it to read as 0 GB (still investigating that).
However, I'm curious about one thing, if RAID can be configured on any SATA Port (6 or 3 GB), then why does the manual say this "1. Assemble your system and attach two or more SATA hard drives to the black SATA connectors." That's verbatim. It further states that that the black SATA Ports are configured for RAID. Did a new BIOS update change what the manual initially recommended (if that's even possible)? I'm just curious because like me, anyone going by the official manual would believe that the blue 6 GB ports are not for RAID. Which apparently is wrong, because they are working fine for me. The system even runs significantly faster.
In the 5 Series generation, the six chipset-based SATA ports supported only 3Gb/s throughput. In order to deliver 6Gb/s support in this generation, a discrete SATA controller was included on the board. The ports for this controller were colored blue (vs. black) to differentiate 6Gb/s interfaces from 3Gb/s interfaces. In the 6 Series generation, two of the chipset SATA ports were made 6Gb/s capable but the remaining four remained only 3Gb/s capable. For consistency across generations, the two 6Gb/s ports were colored blue and the 3Gb/s ports black. The difference between the generations was that the 6Gb ports in the 6 Series could also be used for RST-based RAID.
As you can imagine, from one generation to another, developers do not discard a previous generation's documents and develop from scratch for the new generation. That model would significantly add to development costs (especially time). Instead, they take the previous generation's documents and modify them as necessary for the new generation. In this case, it would appear that a necessary change was missed and details specific to the previous generation (i.e. the existence of this discrete SATA controller and its impact on RST-based RAID configurations) remained in place. Shame on me. Back then, I was one of the reviewers for these documents and I certainly missed this change...