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Topic Title: SB850 Software raid compatible with NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI Raid?
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Created On: 12/24/2010 06:36 PM
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 12/24/2010 06:36 PM
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odddeveloper
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I built a computer using an MSI board that had the Nvidia chipset about 4 years ago. I would like to use a motherboard that has the SB850 chipset, however, I am wondering if the software raid implementations are compatible.
 12/26/2010 07:11 PM
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I loved my NForce 4 motherboards. NV RAID supported RAID 5 and allowed you to have RAID with mixed SATA and PATA drives.

I was able to successfully move mirrors from the NV controller to the second onboard SATA controller by Silicon Image, and back again.

However, I was never able to move a mirror to an AMD chipset. Whether I chose quick initialization or not, it would wipe the data. I was only able to get RAID working at all by chosing "slow" initialization and doing a "slow" format in Windows. Even then, I could not use it for virtual drives in Hyper-V. There would always fe fatal errors.

Your best bet for keeping the data is to break the mirror by just using one drive. It should still function as a single drive. You could then copy the data to a new RAID on the SB850 board.

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