Create hardware RAID1 volume from 2x250GB drives for use as primary backup volume. I would like this volume to be presented as a single drive to the OS.
I am having issues with Windows starting when the SATA mode in the BIOS is set to RAID as opposed to AHCI. Regardless if there is a RAID volume created or not, once I switch to RAID mode in the BIOS I get a blue screen and Windows will not completely load (bsod is not immediate).
Both drives are currently plugged into the same "bay" (single port on mobo with 2x SATA2 slots). I originally had them plugged into separate what I am calling "bay"'s to potentially increase throughput, but that apparently neither helps nor hurts the current situation.
Every combination available works fine if SATA mode is set to AHCI
No combination works if SATA mode is set to RAID
What appears to be the same problem occurs whether or not the Intel RAID software is installed, even though I am trying/hoping to control this via hardware.
Where we stand:
With both drives initialized in Disk Management while in AHCI mode in the BIOS I am able to create a RAID1 volume. This however is not the desired solution.