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Old 07-18-2011, 02:09 PM   #126
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I have the same mobo, processor and ripjaws but 8GB (9-9-9-24 @ 1600) and never experienced such sensations. I could risk the thesis that this is not SRT related.
Ditto.

Did MoMeanMugs post more details of his OC settings (if any), his procedure for setting up the ISRT/RAID to get HDD acceleration, or other info?

With even the most effective QC procedures, there's always some slim probability that a "failure" or defective unit will get past the production line and testing phase and turn up as a reseller inventory item.
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:18 PM   #127
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I unplugged the 2TB drive, and I was able to get into Windows. If I plug it back it, it gets stuck at that screen. It was originally plugged into the second Intel 6G port. I plugged it into one of the 3G ports after booting into Windows (also get the screen if I plug it into one of the 3G ports before booting), and the Intel utility says the disk is offline. There is an option to "clear and rest the disk," but this will erase the drive. It has most of my programs on it, which took forever to set up (400+ GB steam folder to copy over + everything else). Any chance to get the data off this drive, or am I SOL? I have backups of most of it, but I'd rather get it fixed or at least be able to copy it overnight to another drive.

BonzaiDuck, I let the BIOS autotune the settings, then I went in and modified them. It had it set to 43x103 @ ~1.3V. I left the voltage the same and modified the clocks to 24x100. I brought the iGPU clocks back down to 1.1GHZ from wherever it was set because I just drive a secondary monitor with it. The RAM is running at 1600 9-9-9-24 (spec).
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:34 PM   #128
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I disabled the acceleration, plugged the drive back into the 6G port, and I can see data again!!! Looks like the cache got corrupted somehow. I will try to re-enable it later to see if it works again. I'm just happy I don't have to redo everything I did over the weekend.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:47 PM   #129
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I disabled the acceleration, plugged the drive back into the 6G port, and I can see data again!!! Looks like the cache got corrupted somehow. I will try to re-enable it later to see if it works again. I'm just happy I don't have to redo everything I did over the weekend.
Just quickly scanning your saga of HDD misery.

I'm very leery of unplugging the SATA cables from the mobo, even if the drive is configured to have "hot-swap" capability. It's just a caution I fancy will avert unexpected trouble, such as that which you describe . . .

EDIT -- 10 minutes later --

HEY, MoMean . . . What you're doing with the iGPU was what I also wanted to do. I want to run my Media Center from the iGPU and monitor port, and use the dGPU for everything else. If you have any tips to give, PM me. I also assume you didn't enable Lucid, but you have "multi-monitor for Lucid" enabled in BIOS? Or can you do this with Lucid installed? I'm getting ready to load Win-7 on a separate HDD after unhooking the VISTA drive, and I'll be able to run Lucid after I've got Win-7 installed with all the drivers and other software I've installed so for on the VISTA.

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Old 07-20-2011, 01:37 PM   #130
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Here's some new "intel-ligence" on the ISRT SSD-caching, HDD acceleration.

My disk benchies -- or some of them -- are already stated in earlier posts. I have replaced a WD Caviar Black SATA-III with a WD Veloci-Raptor SATA-III. The Veloci-Raptor has a spec for sustained throughput of 145 MB/s.

This has increased both my "read" and "write" speeds by about 12 MB/s "read" and 35 MB/s "write" on the sequential test of CrystalDiskMark. Not exactly a stellar improvement for the price over Caviar Black -- is it? Also note, though, I've disovered -- just as the web-review's own benchies show -- a subsequent benchmark test will show slightly better performance.

The difference between the benchies on the SSD's formatted partition (SATA-III SSD) and the cached portion are still puzzling. With the SATA-II SSD and HDD, we could see the accelerated performance pulled up close to the SSD's standalone results. Here, we have the resulting performance pulled down closer to the HDD's standalone.

This would suggest using the SATA-III ports exclusively for SATA-III SSD drives. How to allocate a Raptor -- I'm guessing it might as well go on a Marvel auxiliary SATA-III controller, and wonder if an SATA-II controller would degrade the Raptor's performance in any noticeable way. [Tell me if you know . . . ]

The best use of this technology would be caching SATA-II or III HDDs connected to SATA-II ports with an SATA-II SSD connected to either SATA-II or III ports.

Still -- I'm happier than a pig in poop with what I'm wringing out of a single Raptor drive, even if I paid too much for either the SSD or the HDD. Once I have this system totally certified as "rock-stable" [as opposed to the perception that it already is so] I'm going to change the ISRT mode to "Maximized."

Oh, yeah. If I didn't already say for the Cav Black -- but the Raptor drive in "Maximized" mode shows . . . . hmm . . . guess I haven't tried that yet. Well, figure this. We showed that the "write" test results come much closer to the "read" results in "Maximized." So with the Raptor -- this bodes quite well, I think. I'll be sure and find out.
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Old 07-30-2011, 01:36 PM   #131
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Folks! Sorry to resurrect this old thread, but we posted some shared benchmarks on ISRT disk-caching/HDD-acceleration.

To recap -- I had contacted Intel tech support about disk size, cache size and other issues. "Will Intel increase the cache-size beyond 64GB in later versions?" "Confirm can't implement TRIM with the caching/acceleration RAID configuration enabled." ETc. Et Cetera.

The tech-rep nodded affirmative that -- in principle -- the larger the cache size on the SSD, the better the performance.

I had switched disks and showed two different CrystalDiskMark results -- one for Western Digital Caviar Black SATA-III, and another for Western Digital VelociRaptor SATA-III -- either one 500GB or larger.

The VR drive increased my sequential "read" performance by between 50 and 60 MB/s, while someone else, using SATA-II SSD and HDD, was only about 10MB/s behind that. But -- they were using the smaller option of the two cache-size options, or approximately 20GB. I have been using 64GB.

The accelerated VR -- with a sustained throughput rating of 145 MB/s in WD's spec -- had shown at best 260 MB/s with SSD-caching and acceleration.

I just had an experience where I had attempted to change permissions on a folder, was denied access, and left in an "inconsistent state" for being unable to complete it. Suddenly, there were "not-responding" messages for Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, and slowdowns in everything. First, I panicked. Second, I restored the system to a restore-point of about 2 days ago. Third, continued to have these "symptoms." Then remembered that the cache information may have been inconsistent after all this.

I deleted the caching/acceleration, and Windows 7 began to behave normally again.

Then, I re-established the caching, but this time as a 20GB cache instead of a 64GB cache.

Ran CrystalDiskMark. You may recall I'd cited the specs for my Elm Crest Series 510 SSD -- "up to" ~520 MB/s reads and 250-something MB/s writes. We noted a slowdown undere the ISRT RAID configuration for both the caching (cited above) and a simple-volume formatted partition of the remaining SSD-space available (not more than 300+ MB/s "reads" for some file sizes).

The latest CrystalDiskMark run shows sequential reads of 333 MB/s, and the writes for "Enhanced Mode" about the same as before.

It would be nice to know how this can be with the smaller cache size. But that's a heck more of a performance-gain for the VR over the larger 64GB cache-size!

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Old 07-30-2011, 03:21 PM   #132
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So i got this working before but now I need to reformat my OS part of the SSD. Everytime I try to reinstall windows it says it cant be installed on the volume 0x803 error. Do I have to go through the process all over again?
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:56 PM   #133
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So i got this working before but now I need to reformat my OS part of the SSD. Everytime I try to reinstall windows it says it cant be installed on the volume 0x803 error. Do I have to go through the process all over again?
Did you "unhinge" the SSD caching before you began the reinstall?

I don't want to bother you with my speculations, but your topic is highly relevant to something I've been turning over in my mind.

You apparently got your OS to install on an SSD partition, and there was a remainder of unallocated space on the SSD which you used as the cache for HDD acceleration?
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Old 07-31-2011, 03:56 AM   #134
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So i got this working before but now I need to reformat my OS part of the SSD. Everytime I try to reinstall windows it says it cant be installed on the volume 0x803 error. Do I have to go through the process all over again?
This "cant be installed to volume" error has been around forever.
When you are installing Win 7 in RAID or AHCI mode, you normally go to custom install and create and fomat whatever partitions you want, then you hit the drivers button and insert your mobo CD or downloaded drivers from Intel on a USB stick. You then browse to their folder and click next. Then the install looks around and loads the appropriate driver. Then you hit next and that sends you back to partition page, and if you try to highlight/install to a particular partition it wont let you BECAUSE the install focus is still on the CD or USB stick "volume". Once it loads the drivers into memory you do not need the disk or stick anymore, and you MUST remove them before clicking next, or when back at partition page, take out CD or USB and hit refresh. Some forget to switch back to Win 7 DVD and wait till it spins up and gets redetected. Never have stick or separate driver CD loaded while partitioning either, because it takes a drive letter and screws things up. Never use more than one optical drive. In other words never have controller drivers in play at any other time than when you hit drivers icon.

A second thing to be aware of is that Intel RST drivers will only load to a bios that has correct OPROM for it. So when i had 1502 bios in my deluxe it wouldnt load 10.5.XXXX RST during install, only 10.1.XXXX. With 1850 bios i can install Win 7 with 10.6.XXXX. They go together.

Heres the "Update install tut from ASUS Z68 page
Note: For proper operation, please ensure to update Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver to version 10.5.0.1026 and BIOS to version 0501 before enabling Intel Smart Response Technology.

Update procedure for users needing Intel Smart Response Technology:
(1) Enter OS, and ensure Intel Smart Response Technology has been turned off under Intel Rapid Storage Technology interface.
(2) Install version Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver to version 10.5.0.1026.
(3) Reboot the system, and update BIOS to version 0501, then reboot.
(4) Enter the BIOS setup screen, press F5 to load BIOS default, then change the Intel SATA Port to RAID mode.
(5) Boot into OS, and re-enable Intel Smart Response Technology under Intel Rapid Storage Technology.
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:14 AM   #135
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Hi guys,

I have just registered because I have been following this thread very closely, but I still have a question and as far as I can tell it hasn't been answered yet. I am quite new to the whole SSD scene but I do unsterstand the technique now how to have both the OS and the cache trick on one SSD. But here is my question.

The new parts for my new rig are coming in soon, however I didn't order any HDD because I already have 2x 1TB Western Digital Black hanging in my current system and I plan to keep these.

So my question is: can I configure my system in a way so that I have the OS on the SSD and partition one part for the cache trick. But will the cache trick work on both my HDD? So far I have only seen people doing this trick but only having one HDD.

I read in some review that one SSD cache can only cache one HDD - is this true? And if not how exactly do I have to configure my two HDD's to get this to work?

Please help me with this, otherwise I will just get another WD Black but 2TB *but I rather not spend any more money*

p.s. My SSD is an M4 128GB.

Thanks in advance for the support / help.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:03 AM   #136
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One cache drive per one cached volume. Volume means one drive or a bunch of drives in raid (other than matrix type of raid). So you have to setup raid-0 (or -1) for Blacks to cache them both with one ssd as AFAIK intel RST does not support JBOD mode.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:12 PM   #137
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Is it possible to create 2 or more SRT on a single SSD, as unless I read it wrong, a SRT partition accerlerates one drive? Example scenerio ..

64GB SSD - 2 SRT partitions
64GB SSD - O/S
2 x 1TB Drives - Apps And Games
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Guys...After setting this up as mentioned in the orginal post, what happens if the cache gets corrupted or something like that and you need to redo the cache? Will the RST see the hidden partion used for cache and allow you re-create it?
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yes it will..I just answered my own question after I set this up myself. Thanks alot...I'm happy with my new build ; )
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yes it will..I just answered my own question after I set this up myself. Thanks alot...I'm happy with my new build ; )
You and a few others raise some questions in my mind even with the answers which you happily discovered.

My rig as it pertains to ISRT caching should be in previous posts to this thread.

Just as you suggest, it is possible for the cache to become corrupted. And just as you say -- you can unhinge the cache from the acceleration feature. You can unhinge it and still maintain a formatted partition that uses the remainder of the SSD.

You can "re-hinge" the existing SSD cache to HDD acceleration. Or -- you can back up the formatted SSD partition, select "Make Available" for the SSD under the IRST software, recreate the cache, recreate the formatted partition, and restore the files.

If you want to keep the formatted partition "invisible" without a drive letter, you can store files on it by making it "mountable" in an empty folder of a hard drive -- specifically, the HDD that is being accelerated by the cache volume on the SSD. This shouldn't cause any foulups with either HDD defrag operations; nor are you caching data coming off the SSD formatted partition.

Even so, I've discovered problems that develop under certain scenarios -- which seem to require the "Make [SSD] Available" operation to re-initialize a cache:

1) Large software installations from DVD install discs -- occuring with the caching enabled
2) Any hard reset after the system freezes (for whatever reason that might be), or BSODs (for whatever reason that is not necessarily related to the ISRT caching)

So I've had to "Make Available" the SSD after backing up the SSD's formatted partition to completely reinitialize the cache about once every week to two weeks.

The difficulties that arise with ISRT are similar to descriptions of posters at other forums pertaining to "Intel Rapid Storage Technology" issues with RAID arrays. The system slows down; applications seem to freeze temporarily -- with the system itself becoming temporarily unresponsive; the HDD activity LED seems to stay lit for some period of time before these freezes disappear. These symptoms can also lead to actions that might worsen the problem: the user might not expect the system to recover from the freezes and unresponsiveness, he might then make a hard reset to the system or an unmanaged power-down, which could then exascerbate the problems.

These similarities between what I've seen under ISRT (with "IRST" software) and reported problems with RAID under "IRST" also seem to be accompanied by red "bang-node" error messages in the Windows System Event Log pertaining to "iastor" -- the Intel disk-controller driver. They may show up as "did not respond within the time-out period."

So far, as of the last few days of my experience with this, re-initializing the cache after selecting "Make Available" in IRST solves the problem: the iastor bang nodes stop appearing after reboot; there are no freezes; no unresponsiveness. But this does not preclude the situation from developing later.

If you choose to use the computer for doing HTPC duty with a tuner-capture card, I cannot say at this time how that may complicate things, but I anticipated that you don't want video buffer files and captured video files (DVR-MS and MPG) running through that cache, so it might be important to configure Media Center to buffer and write to a different hard disk that isn't cached.

I felt compelled to revisit this thread with these remarks because I only suspect there are some bugs yet to be ironed out of "Smart Response Technology" with the introduction of the Z68 chipset, even as Intel had been working on this innovation for some few years or longer prior to its initial release with Z68.

Since the performance of HDD-acceleration is really quite a significant improvement over HDD standalone performance, one would hope that the extra maintenance, troubleshooting and frustrations can eventually be eliminated . . . by Intel. And perhaps I should post these remarks at the Intel forums as well.

EDIT [five minutes later]: An important thought per whatever bugs I observed or imagined: At least in "Enhanced Mode," it seems that corrupted cache problems [as I imagine them to be] do not seem to put the HDD and its contents at risk. Once you unhinge caching after problem scenarios such as those I've described or suggested, the performance of the OS and software returns to normal with "standalone" HDD configuration. But that should be a caution per use of "Maximized Mode," insofar as the latter opens up a scenario of HDD corruption or "lost data" as result of the hard reset or irregular system reboot users may precipitate once the problems start to develop.

Also -- and I say this tentatively based on remedies suggested by those complaining of similar symptoms with "Rapid Storage Tech" software and conventional RAID -- you might want to enter your Windows 7 "Power Management" screens under "Control Panel" and under "Advanced Settings" and "PCI Express" -- turn off "Link State Power Management."

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This has been a great post to follow, it has been very informative.

While I've followed the discussion on paritioning the SDD drive does the SRT caching limit the ability to partition the HDD? Will the caching affect the entire drive?

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I started reading this thread on my phone and half way through wanted to hold a gun to my head. Seemed like we were stuck in a "does it trim? No! but maybe. Yes... but only here... oh maybe not!" loop.

I'm in the planning stages of new core components in my PC and the SSD's aren't too bad of a price right now.

Would a 64Gb SSD (probably Crucial M4) fit a Windows 7 install, page file, misc programs and a decent sized SSD cache? I'm thinking it's doable but looking a bit tight.
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I started reading this thread on my phone and half way through wanted to hold a gun to my head. Seemed like we were stuck in a "does it trim? No! but maybe. Yes... but only here... oh maybe not!" loop.

I'm in the planning stages of new core components in my PC and the SSD's aren't too bad of a price right now.

Would a 64Gb SSD (probably Crucial M4) fit a Windows 7 install, page file, misc programs and a decent sized SSD cache? I'm thinking it's doable but looking a bit tight.
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Hello,

Because there seems to be a lot of confusion about what can and what can't be achieved on Z68 in terms of SSD cache (Smart Response Technology) and MB manufacturers and even Intel are providing incomplete or sometime just false info/documentation, I am just reporting the following:

My setup:

- 1x 96GB Kingston SSD
- 1x Samsung F3 1TB
- Asrock Z68 Pro3 - cheap, rubbish MB with awful design - hate it, but well.. it works)

My goal:

Divide single SSD disk as follows:

- partition for OS (Windows 7) and the small, frequently used programs (AV, Office, etc).
- rest of the space on SSD - 18GB (maximum possible) - dedicated for STR cache. This cache will be used to speed up 1TB F3, which contains programs and games (i.e. this huge Steam directory).

Unfortunately the way to achieve this is a bit tricky - if you just install OS on SSD and then try to configure SRT cache - it won't work. Intel tool won't even show "Accelerate" tab.

In order for this to work, you must _first_ initialize STR cache on SSD, then instal OS on the 'data' part such prepated SSD. Sadly, SRT configuration can't be done from Options ROM (Ctrl-I).

The only way to achieve this is:
- temporary install Windows on any spare HDD, instead of SSD
- instal Intel Rapid Storage tool and initialize SRT cache on SSD - configure 18GB for SRT and rest of the space dedicate to normal volume (this will wipe content of SSD!)
- disconnect this temporary HDD and boot into Windows setup from DVD (in the Options ROM you should see that SRT cache is now enabled on your SSD)
- instal Windows on SSD (most likely you will need to provide ICH storage drivers on USB stick during setup) - you should see that setup detect 'data' portion of SSD only (SSD capacity minus ~18GB). Cache portion is completely invisible to OS.
- once installation is finished, instal Intel Rapid Storage tool - you will see that SSD cache is up and running and you can use it to accelerate your HDD! At the same time your OS resides in 'data' volume on SSD.

I believe this is the best possible setup (unless you can afford dual-SSD configuration- with boot/cache separated, of course ). It gives you a great OS performance and you can utilize SRT to accelerate all this stuff residing on your multi-TB HDDs

Note: one SSD cache disk can only accelerate one physical HDD (in pass-through mode) or one RAID volume (where multiple HDDs are allowed).

So you run the old "bait and switch" on the SRT software...I like it!
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Since I have an Asrock z68pro-m I got an OCZ 60G SSD and tried to follow the setup guidance here. Every thing seems to work but I do not have "accelerate" tab in Intel RST after I install it. I wondered if anyone had/solved a similar problem.

Specifically what I did is :

Started wth my working Asrock system (ACHI SATA mode, ver. 1.3 bios)
Disconnect normal HDD on motherboard
Connect SSD to SATA3 port connected blank spare HDD to SATA2 port.
Install windows 7 64 on the HDD
on newly installed win 7 disk install Intell RST (V10.6.0.1002)

RST runs and shows both the HDD and the SSD
Status tab in RST shows SSD as 'available'
But -there is no accelerate tab (as mentioned in this thread)

I tried this several times, once wit SSD activated and formatted under windows, other times with SSD in unallocated space mode.

Always he same result -- everthing seems to go fine but after RST
is installed it shows no way to set up caching.

Any suggestions from anyone ? TIA
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Since I have an Asrock z68pro-m I got an OCZ 60G SSD and tried to follow the setup guidance here. Every thing seems to work but I do not have "accelerate" tab in Intel RST after I install it. I wondered if anyone had/solved a similar problem.

Specifically what I did is :

Started wth my working Asrock system (ACHI SATA mode, ver. 1.3 bios)
Disconnect normal HDD on motherboard
Connect SSD to SATA3 port connected blank spare HDD to SATA2 port.
Install windows 7 64 on the HDD
on newly installed win 7 disk install Intell RST (V10.6.0.1002)

RST runs and shows both the HDD and the SSD
Status tab in RST shows SSD as 'available'
But -there is no accelerate tab (as mentioned in this thread)

I tried this several times, once wit SSD activated and formatted under windows, other times with SSD in unallocated space mode.

Always he same result -- everthing seems to go fine but after RST
is installed it shows no way to set up caching.

Any suggestions from anyone ? TIA
I call your attention to a line quoting you from above:

"Started wth my working Asrock system (ACHI SATA mode, ver. 1.3 bios). . . . "

YOU SAY "ACHI." NO! No, No, No, No -- NOoooooo!!

All drives -- ALL of them -- on the INTEL controller MUST be in RAID mode (and likely, the only way you can get RAID mode -- all or none.) There is absolutely no hindrance to running standalone drives like this, but it is prerequisite for ISRT SSD-caching and HDD-acceleration. ISRT creates some version of "RAID0" on the single SSD used for the caching.

Since you didn't say anything about changing from ACHI to RAID mode in your BIOS, I assume this is your problem.

And . . . CAUTION. You will have to reinstall the OS, most likely, if it was installed on the HDD in ACHI mode. You must install the OS when the HDD is in RAID mode. Otherwise, the miseries and failures of attempting to use a disk/OS created in one mode and used on the other are well-published -- on this thread, and elsewhere.

Don't be in a hurry -- follow the 6-P Principle: "Proper Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance."
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:40 PM   #147
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For what it's worth, I didn't seem to have any problem switching from AHCI to RAID without a re-install ..

I'm sure the other way around, is a problem ..
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:01 PM   #148
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Yes yes - it needs to be raid (first paragraph in anandtech review article)
I should have looked before I leaped.
I found that and did that and everything is running fine (very zippy)!

Now I have the other the problem mentioned here. My old system drive was IDE mode. If I want to boot from it I have to go into Asrock bios and switch mode every time.

I found simple registry change to switch drive to AHCI,
But I don't know how to switch my old drive over to raid.

Again thanks for the help!


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I call your attention to a line quoting you from above:

"Started wth my working Asrock system (ACHI SATA mode, ver. 1.3 bios). . . . "

YOU SAY "ACHI." NO! No, No, No, No -- NOoooooo!!

All drives -- ALL of them -- on the INTEL controller MUST be in RAID mode (and likely, the only way you can get RAID mode -- all or none.) There is absolutely no hindrance to running standalone drives like this, but it is prerequisite for ISRT SSD-caching and HDD-acceleration. ISRT creates some version of "RAID0" on the single SSD used for the caching.

Since you didn't say anything about changing from ACHI to RAID mode in your BIOS, I assume this is your problem.

And . . . CAUTION. You will have to reinstall the OS, most likely, if it was installed on the HDD in ACHI mode. You must install the OS when the HDD is in RAID mode. Otherwise, the miseries and failures of attempting to use a disk/OS created in one mode and used on the other are well-published -- on this thread, and elsewhere.

Don't be in a hurry -- follow the 6-P Principle: "Proper Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance."
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:33 AM   #149
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Yes yes - it needs to be raid (first paragraph in anandtech review article)
I should have looked before I leaped.
I found that and did that and everything is running fine (very zippy)!

Now I have the other the problem mentioned here. My old system drive was IDE mode. If I want to boot from it I have to go into Asrock bios and switch mode every time.

I found simple registry change to switch drive to AHCI,
But I don't know how to switch my old drive over to raid.

Again thanks for the help!
I'm not going to ponder this too much -- per "IDE mode," except to say that I myself -- in certain builds of three and four years ago -- overlooked (in my reading and preparation) the differences and advantages of using either AHCI or RAID over "IDE." I still have a WHS server where the drives had been set to IDE mode.

But if you want to use ISRT under the "IRST" driver and program, the path is a clear one. gotta be RAID. . . . Glad to see you've sorted that out . . . .
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:49 AM   #150
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Ok I will be trying IRST tomorrow I think after I finish painting the room and get the last of my parts in.
Question I have is that I deiced to get 2 SSD's one 128 GB and the other 64 GB. I figured I could use the separate 64GB for the Caching drive.
I will still use a 1 terabyte drive for the data drive.
IO read threw and I may have missed it but haven't seen anyone using a standalone drive for the cache, If this wont work then i need to no so i can send the 64g drive back.
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