I just reinstalled my RAID 0 on the Marvell 6 Gb/s ports on my Gigabyte board but if you have the current Marvell drivers installed you should be able to reboot go to the BIOS and set it for RAID and then reboot again do a Ctrl-M and install the two drives as RAID 0, and after another reboot it should be installed. Fantastic results!
I used the Intel 6GB ports for my SSD boot disk and an ordinary disk. The bext two 3GB ports was used for BD drive and anoher disk. The last two Intel 3GB ports was used for a Raid 0 with the last to disks.
I believe you SHOULD use one of the two first (or better, the first) for the boot disk, although th system starts anyway. Maybe it can be why you can't use them.
You don't loose performance by using the 3GB ports for the Raid
Should the drives be formatted before RAIDing?
When using Raid you want to ensure you install with RAID already set within the UEFI. While you can change after the fact depending on multiple aspects this can cause issues.
Additionally prior to beging the steps below i would ensure the items below.
1. Update your SSDs to the latest firmware.
2. Secure Erase your SSDs using their utility or general purpose application like Parted Magic.
3. Ensure you are using the correct controllers
The boards has 6 ports provided by the PCH 2 SATA6G and 43G. There is additionally a Marvell controller that offers SSD Caching ideally i would only advise raid be used for this drive with mechnial volumes not SSD volumes. It's primary inclusion is for AHCI single drive expansion or SSD Caching ( SSD + Mechnical HD ).
* One last note is be careful creating raids between UEFI Updates. Some UEFI updates can contain OROMs ( option roms ) which control the functionality of the Raid functions of the PCH. If different OROMs are utitlized to create or delete raids it can cause problems.
Steps to follow.
1. Default UEFI
2. Set SATA configuration mode to RAID
3. Define Raid within the RAID managment console ( Ctrl I )
4. Attached any other driver being used ( they will work in AHCI if single drives )
5. Proceed to complete normal installation F6 drivers are only required if you want advanced level functionality and rebuild options from Intel RST software.
Hope this helps.
Enjoy the rest of your day!
Thanks frogo369. These are not SSD's they are 1TB WD 64mb cache sata 6 mechanical drives. I'm going to try switching to the 3gb intel ports and see if that helps. If not, I'll try the bottom two Marvell ports, but I would like to get the intel ports to work, so if anyone else has any other ideas, much appreciated.
Tried Cocovanna's configuration using the 3gb ports and it worked fine. Tried building a RAID0 on the Marvell ports and it works fine.
Bottom line, though it appears nowhere in any documentation I could find, you cannot create a RAID using the top two 6gb intel ports on this Mobo. Only the four 3gb Intel ports work for RAID0. If anyone cares to confirm this, jump in.
The bottom two Marvell 6gb ports work for RAID, and for now, that's what I'll use. Probably compare speed later on. Wasted a good chunk of time on this today, but take some small comfort in the fact that it wasn't my bad.
Something is off as the Intel SATA6G ports fully support raid. I would consider doing a write zeros on your drives and and retry creating on the Intel ports.
I complete a quick check on a P9X79 Pro without issues screen below for your reference.
Steps used ( already had OS install on single SSD ). Completed using UEFI defaults ( drive was installed under AHCI ).
Step 1. Connected 2 SSDs to the Intel SATA6G ports white ports not label SSD Caching ( which are the Marvell ports )
Step 2. Entered into the UEFI and changed to Raid
Step 3. Saved and reboot and entered into Raid Console ( Ctrl I ), Once enter created Raid 0 and defined 2 Corsair drives as drives to be used in Raid
Step 4. Rebooted and entered OS and install RST driver/application.
Included some screenshots including performance throughput of 2 SSDs on SATA6G ports which can only be achevied via Raid0 on Intel SATA6G ports.
One thing that was not clear is where is your OS present / installed and on which port?
Hopefully you will be able to get this sorted and resolved. Then again if you are ok running the Raid on the Marvell ports you are already solid.
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Bill, the Marvell controller at the Asus board is 9128. I don't which Gigabyte you have, but I think it might be the newer (and better) controller -- I would stick to the 3G ports for Raid 0 with the Asus (but I haven't tested it, just base it on tons on information I've digested on the net ...)
Cocovanna, I have to agree with you now that I have tested the Marvell 88SE9172 6Gb/s with two Seagate 6Gb/s 2 TB 7200.14 drives against the same two drives on the Intel 3Gb/s ports. The overall performance is close (average read transfer rate) is 307 MB/s to 314 MB/s, but (my theory) the starting point of my HD Tune Pro testing is not quite as fast as on the Marvell controller because it is limited by the PCIe x1 connectionthis causes a flat initial 40% of the drive. Next step after todays Turkey is to run the same drives on the two Intel 6 Gb/s ports.
Frogo thanks very much. My OS, also on a new WD 1tb 64 mb SATA, was on the bottom sata 6 bottom port at the time. I'm going to try moving it to another port and giving it another try. I can use the 3g ports, but I'd like to figure this out on principal.
frogo369, writing zeros to the disks did the trick, I can now create a raid on any port. Weird, but I'll take it, thanks.
No problem glad it worked out. The writing zeros or secure erase is always a precaution I recommend especially if the drive has been used and even more so previously with RAID or on different controllers. Interesting things happen to the drives at times depending on OROM differences, formatting, partitions and more.
Regardless glad it is working! Enjoy the rest of your day.!