1.1 Intel® RAID configurations
If your motherboard supports Intel® Rapid Storage Technology, you can create RAID 0,
Please refer to your motherboard’s user manual for details on the actual supported RAID
If you want to install a Windows® operating system to a hard disk drive included in a RAID
set, you have to create a RAID driver disk and load the RAID driver during OS installation.
Refer to section 1.2 Creating a RAID driver disk for details.
1.1.1 RAID definitions
RAID 0 (Data striping)
parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same work as a single drive but at a
sustained data transfer rate, double that of a single disk alone, thus improving data access
and storage. Use of two new identical hard disk drives is required for this setup.
RAID 1 (Data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of data from one drive to
a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array management software directs all applications
to the surviving drive as it contains a complete copy of the data in the other drive. This RAID
Use two new drives or use an existing drive and a new drive for this setup. The new drive
RAID 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more hard disk drives.
transaction processing, relational database applications, enterprise resource planning, and
other business systems. Use a minimum of three identical hard disk drives for this setup.
RAID 10 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity (redundancy data)
drive and three new drives for this setup.
1.1.2 Installing storage devices
The motherboard supports Serial ATA hard disk drives and PCIE SSD storage devices. For
optimal performance, install identical drives of the same model and capacity when creating
a disk array.
Refer to Chapter 2 in your motherboard’s user manual for details on installing storage
devices to your motherboard.