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Old 04-13-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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Changing RAID controllers

I have an onboard RAID controller on my mobo and I may have just rendered the mobo useless (see my other thread). Is there anything special I need to know about setting up my array on a new mobo with an onboard RAID controller? Will I lose my data?
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:23 AM   #2
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If the new board doesn't use the same controller, yes you'll lose the data.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:42 AM   #3
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If the new board doesn't use the same controller, yes you'll lose the data.
+1 which is why its often recommended to do a pci-e controller instead. That way if the card fails you can purchase another card of the same type much easier than another mother board, or migrate the card and drives to a new system should anything fail. Not to mention they often have better transfer rates and small battery backups for data caches should power go out.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:51 PM   #4
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Oh no.......is there anything I can do? I may have broke my mobo (CPU socket, not yet conclusive) and I cannot boot it anymore. Is there anything I can do about my data? It is a RAID 10, would I be able to split a mirror and get that data?
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You could buy the same motherboard if it's still available or as Mr Scott say's, one with the same raid controller. As a matter of interest, how did you damage the motherboard.
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Here's his thread about the Mobo http://forums.extremeoverclocking.co...d.php?t=362556
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:27 AM   #7
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Lol, he knows my story >_> Still haven't been able to do any work to it. What are the usual return policies on mobos? Could I buy the same one, get my data and return it?

Or how can I tell the model of the RAID controller? Is it possible that another mobo uses the same controller?
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Is it possible that another mobo uses the same controller?
Most definitely. If you were using the SATA 3 ports, it's a Marvell controller (88SE9128 for ports 1 and 2, 88SE9120 for ports 3 and 4). Those are the white ports. If you weren't, it's the standard Intel Matrix Storage controller (P55 chipset) for the blue ports.

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Old 04-16-2012, 02:06 AM   #9
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Alrighty then, I was using the Sata_2 ports (3gb/s) and it was a RAID 0+1 so I was using 4 of the six ports available on that mobo. I don't exactly remember the colors of the ports and I don't remember them to be blue, but its funny how you don't remember those details now that you can't take a second look at it (see my other thread for an explanation). But bringing it up on the web (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157206) I guess they were blue.

I don't see in the details anywhere mentioning the RAID controller in use, can you direct me to where I can find out which mobos use which RAID controllers? I guess I was using the standard Intel Matrix Controller, is this standard across most SATA_2 ports?
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:58 AM   #10
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if you were just doing matrix raid then it's software based so you can get the data by just running it on another board with the same chipset
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Sorry for my lack of knowledge, but even though the array is on an onboard controller and set by the BIOS, it is still considered a software RAID? Its using CPU time to manage it?
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Sorry for my lack of knowledge, but even though the array is on an onboard controller and set by the BIOS, it is still considered a software RAID? Its using CPU time to manage it?
It is viewed as software raid and technically is by some OS's (namely VMware) and hardware raid by others (Microsoft), it uses the north/southbridge to manage it I believe though.

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