Wow, you've been through a lot!
- Only plug in boot drive
- load Windows, drivers, etc.; 840 Pro should be ACHI
- load Intel utility if it is not already installed
- load Samsung Magician (not related to your RAID, but an excellent utility if you have a 840 pro boot drive)
- turn off, plug in all other drives including the ones that you want to do a RAID 0 array on
- boot normally
- use Intel utility to configure the 2x RAID 0 array
Note that you don't really need to do anything at the bios settings or controller setup options during booting. And too, when everything is configured and working properly, your motherboard bios will be showing ACHI, not RAID.
Thanks Jim. So are you saying that I can successfully run a hardware RAID with my intel controller, while the SATA mode shows as AHCI? I'm going to give it a try. Thanks again
It appears that the only way you can use the Intel controller is to turn change AHCI to RAID mode in the BIOS. The Marvell controller can be used in AHCI (just tried it, works) but the Intel doesn't.
So this what I attempted. I put the hdds in the intel ports, turned on RAID mode, configured a RAID 0 array, saved, turned on AHCI mode, and now they are back to being normal drives.
Looks like my only option right now is to use the Marvell controller. The max stripe size is 64kb while the intel is 128kb.
The method and steps I am suggesting have you setting up the RAID 0 configuration AFTER you are booted into Windows 7.
Is that what you are doing, or are you doing things from the Asus or Intel boot bios panels?
There is no good reason to waste a good SSD to use as a boot drive in a RAID 0 configuration. It will not change your performance with Adobe applications, use it for more important performance enhancing applications.
Hi Bill, as above, I am not using the SSD in RAID 0, I am using HDDs in RAID 0.
I have not resolved the issue even after following everyone's suggestions, there are just too many variables and I don't have the time to learn, test, and repeat, so I have upgraded to Windows 8 and it works just fine.
I am now using my 840 PRO as my boot drive while using 2x seagate HDDs in RAID 0, while connected to the Intel controller, just as I wanted to.
Thanks everyone for the help thus far