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ASRock ION 330HT RAID Installation Guide

ASRock ION 330HT RAID Installation Guide

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RAID Installation Guide
1. NVIDIA BIOS RAID Installation Guide ……………………............ 21.1 Introduction to RAID ……………………………………......... 21.2 RAID Configurations Precautions ………………………....... 31.3 Create Disk Array ....................………………………......… 42. NVIDIA Windows RAID Installation Guide ……………………....... 82.1 Introduction to RAID ……………………………………......... 82.2 RAID Configurations Precautions ………………………....... 92.3 Create Disk Array ....................………………………....... 10
 
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1.NVIDIA BIOS RAID Installation Guide
NVIDIA BIOS RAID Installation Guide is an instruction for you to configure RAIDfunctions by using NVIDIA RAID Utility under BIOS environment. After you make aSATA / SATAII driver diskette, press <F2> to enter BIOS setup to set the option toRAID mode by following the detailed instruction of the “User Manual” in oursupport CD, then you can start to use NVIDIA RAID Utility to configure RAID.This section includes examples of using NVRAID RAID Utility for creating RAIDarrays.You may choose to use RAID 0 or RAID 1 function on this motherboard.
1.1Introduction to RAID
The term “RAID” stands for “Redundant Array of Independent Disks”, whichis a method combining two or more hard disk drives into one logical unit. Foroptimal performance, please install identical drives of the same model andcapacity when creating a RAID set.
RAID 0 (Data Striping)
RAID 0 is called data striping that optimizes two identical hard disk drives to readand write data in parallel, interleaved stacks. It will improve data access andstorage since it will double the data transfer rate of a single disk alone while thetwo hard disks perform the same work as a single drive but at a sustained datatransfer rate.
Although RAID 0 function can improve the access performance, itdoes not provide any fault tolerance. Hot-Plug any HDDs of theRAID 0 Disk will cause data damage or data loss.
RAID 1 (Data Mirroring)
RAID 1 is called data mirroring that copies and maintains an identical image ofdata from one drive to a second drive. It provides data protection and in-creases fault tolerance to the entire system since the disk array managementsoftware will direct all applications to the surviving drive as it contains acomplete copy of the data in the other drive if one drive fails.
This motherboard supports RAID / AHCI function under Windows
 ® 
7 / 7 64-bit / Vista
TM
/ Vista
TM
64-bit only. If you install Windows
 ® 
XP / XP64-bit, RAID / AHCI function is not available.
 
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1.2RAID Configurations Precautions
1.Please use two new drives if you are creating a RAID 0 (striping) arrayfor performance. It is recommended to use two SATA drives of the samesize. If you use two drives of different sizes, the smaller capacity harddisk will be the base storage size for each drive. For example, if onehard disk has an 80GB storage capacity and the other hard disk has60GB, the maximum storage capacity for the 80GB-drive becomes 60GB,and the total storage capacity for this RAID 0 set is 120GB.2.You may use two new drives, or use an existing drive and a new driveto create a RAID 1 (mirroring) array for data protection (the new drivemust be of the same size or larger than the existing drive). If you usetwo drives of different sizes, the smaller capacity hard disk will be thebase storage size. For example, if one hard disk has an 80GB storagecapacity and the other hard disk has 60GB, the maximum storagecapacity for the RAID 1 set is 60GB.3.Please verify the status of your hard disks before you set up your newRAID array.
Please backup your data first before you create RAID functions. In theprocess you create RAID, the system will ask if you want to “Clear Disk Data”or not. It is recommended to select “Yes”, and then your future data building willoperate under a clean environment.

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