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Hello again all

 

Here's my setup and what I'm hoping to achieve:

I have a 250 GB SATA drive installed in the ODD space for my OS (windows 8.1 Pro)

I have 2 x 3TB Sata drives installed in slots 1&2 that I wish to use in a raid 1 configuration 

I will be adding another 2 drives to slots 3&4 later for an additional raid 1 

 

A few basic questions:

1) Does the intelligent provisioning not work? I wonder why people are choosing to install via a bootable USB rather than going that option?

2) What BIOS settings should I have set for the SATA configuration to achieve my aims? Its currently set to SATA AHCI

 

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1.Generally IP only works for supported OS's and Windows 8.1 is not one of them.

2. If you enable the B120i you can boot from any of the 5 drive ports. You would need to configure the 250GB drive as a RAID0 and the others as RAID1 pairs . If you want to use AHCI then you need to follow these instruction to boot from the ODD port and use the OS for your RAID1 pairs:

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5886-gen8-25-hdd-in-the-odd-bay-discussion/page-3#entry67539

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Thanks - I dont necessarily need the AHCI so I guess I would be better off setting the BIOS to enable the B120i RAID controller. Thing is, even when its enabled its not seeing the 2 x 3TB drives, just the 250 GB drive

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Are you entering the setup utility for the B120i during boot?


I have to ask, have you checked to be sure the drive is all the way in the slot before pushing down the latch?

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You should also check the cable connection from the backplane to the motherboard to be sure it is properly in place.

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Hi - thanks for the suggestions. When you mention entering the setup utility for the B120i during boot - is this the F5 option that takes you to the menu where you view the drives? If so, then yes - I can see only one available drive on the spare SATA with no un-allocated drives in the menu. 

 

Understandable question regarding the drives being all the way in and yes I'm fairly sure they are - I will certainly check the backplane connection tonight 

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