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Will setting up RAID1 from POST delete all data on drives?

I am trying to set up RAID1 with two identical SATA drives. The current motherboard I'm using is a Gigabyte P35-DS3R version 1. When I was in the Intel Matrix Storage Manager I chose Create RAID volume, named the volume and also selected the Raid level as RAID1 Mirror. Once I select Create volume it says ALL DATA ON SELECTED DISKS WILL BE LOST / Are you sure you want to create this volume
 
If I say yes to that message that pops up, will I lose all data on my drives? One thing that makes me question this is the fact that I never selected any disks becuase the "Select Disks..." portion is grayed out and disabled.

There is also a tool in my Start menu that says "Gigabyte Raid Configurer". When I try running this it says Gigabyte Raid Configurer tool doesn't support AHCI or IDE mode! It only supports Raid mode. I've switch the setting in the BIOS to that mode and Windows does not boot. A blue screen comes up very quickly and the computer restarts before I can even see what it says.

Other hardware I have is 2GB Corsair DDR2 800mhz, Q6600 quad-core, 2 Hitatchi SATA 160GB drives...
 
Thanks for the help!!
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KCTSCommented:
yes it will. You will need to copy the data to a safe place, set-up RAID and copy it back again.
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rootjdAuthor Commented:
If I was able to get that 'Raid configurer' to work inside windows should I be able to create a RAID1 configuration within windows without having to backup the data first?
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tcicatelliCommented:
Yes, but the Windows-based RAID will be managed in software instead of hardware.  I made the same mistake when I set up one of my servers.  One of my servers has RAID 1 handled by the motherboard, and the other is managed within Windows.  Theoretically, the hardware-based RAID should be faster, and the Windows-based one is using CPU cycles, but I never noticed a performance hit.

You can set up RAID1 in Disk Management under Administrative Tools.
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willcompCommented:
I don't believe XP Home supports software RAID, so that may not be an option.

Your motherboard has 2 SATA RAID controllers, an Intel ICH9R with 6 connectors and a Gigabyte (ITE) controller with 2 connectors. The Intel connectors are yellow and the Gigabyte ones are purple. Gigabyte SATA ports share a controller with the IDE ports.

I recommend you use the Intel RAID. See page 71 of your motherboard manual.
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RockChalkCommented:
You do not want to create a RAID volume through the Intel OROM (the CTRL-I option that shows up after POST).  It does not support creating a RAID volume while retaining the data on a source disk.  

The Intel Matrix Storage Console (running in Windows) *DOES* support creating a RAID volume that retains data from *one* of the disks used to create the volume.  Under the Actions menu, selct "Create RAID Volume From Existing Hard Drive"  This will bring up the "Create From Existing" wizard.  On the third page, you will be able to select a "source" hard drive.  This is the hard drive with all the data on it you want to keep.  All data on this hard drive will be migrated into the RAID volume you create.  On the fourth page, you select additional "member" hard drives.  All data on these drives will be overwritten and lost when the RAID volume is created.

Now, you mention another problem you're running into where the disk selection is greyed out.  I'm very interested in what the state of your system is right now.  Could you please post the system report from Intel Matrix Storage Manager (File | Save System Report)  This will save the system report as a text file.  I'd appreciate it if you could copy and paste that data in a reply on here.  From that, I should be able to approximate your setup and give you a better answer.

Thanks,
Mike
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willcompCommented:
Where are the Hitachi drives connected?
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rootjdAuthor Commented:
The two drives are plugged into two yellow SATA spots which are the Intel ICH9R connectors. I will provide a log as well as soon as I reboot here in a few minutes
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rootjdAuthor Commented:
I obtained a backup HDD and I'm going to just backup all data, create the RAID1 volume, let it erase then copy all info to the RAID volume. Thank you everyone for your help.
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RockChalkCommented:
rootjd--

Sonds like you've got a good solution.  Would you be willing to still post the system report?  I genuinely am interested in adressing any issues there may be with the Intel Matrix Storage Console (even if for the benefit of others who may encounter similar issues), and your configuration has me a little perplexed.

Thanks,
Mike
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rootjdAuthor Commented:
RockChalk, I'm not able to find where the option is in BIOS to get a system report. The only place I can access would be Intel Matrix Storage Manager by hitting Ctrl+I. I can't find it inside Windows
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RockChalkCommented:
rootjd,

You can't get a system report in the BIOS-- it must be done from the Windows UI.  You can find the option under "File | Save System Report."  If you can get it, that would be great.  If not, thank you for trying.

Thanks,
Mike
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