Intel Matrix Storage Technology

Intel® Matrix Storage Technology requires Microsoft Windows Vista or XP operating system and SATA Hard Drives.

Configuring the BIOS for Intel Matrix Storage Technology

  1. Assemble your system and attach one or more SATA hard drives.

  2. Enter system BIOS Setup by pressing the <F2> key after the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) memory tests begin.

  3. Go to Advanced > Drive Configuration > Configure SATA as; ensure RAID is selected.

  4. Then save your settings by pressing <F10>.

Creating Your RAID Set

  1. Upon re-boot, you will see the following Intel Matrix Storage Manager option ROM status message on the screen: Press <Ctrl-I> to enter the RAID Configuration Utility. Press <Ctrl-I> and enter the RAID Configuration Utility.

  1. In the Intel Matrix Storage Manager option ROM Main Menu, select option #1: Create RAID Volume. Enter a volume name and press <Enter>.

NoteThe RAID Volume name must be in English alphanumeric ASCII characters.

  1. Use the arrow keys to select RAID 0 or RAID 1 (if only two SATA drives are available), RAID 5 and RAID 10 (these options will only appear if three or four SATA drives are installed respectively). Press <Enter> once you have selected the RAID LEVEL.

  2. Select the drives to be used in the RAID array (only if there are more than two drives available) and press <Enter>.

  3. Select the strip size, if necessary, and press <Enter>.

  4. Enter the size of the volume (if you enter less than the maximum volume size, you can then create a second RAID array on the remaining portion of your volume) and press <Enter>.

  5. Finally, press <Enter> to Create Volume.

  6. Exit the Option ROM user interface by pressing <Esc> or going to the EXIT option in the MAIN MENU.

Loading the Intel Matrix Storage Technology RAID Drivers and Software

  1. Begin Windows Setup by booting from the Windows installation CD.

  2. If you will be using Microsoft Windows XP, press <F6> at the beginning of Windows Setup to install a third-party SCSI or RAID driver. When prompted, insert the diskette labeled Intel Matrix Storage Technology RAID Driver into a USB floppy drive. Install the Intel® ICH9 SATA RAID Controller driver.
    or
    If you will be using Microsoft Windows Vista, follow the setup installation steps until you reach the section "Where do you want to install Windows?". Click on the "Load Drivers" option and insert the Intel Express Installer CD/DVD into your optical drive or insert the diskette labeled Intel Matrix Storage Technology RAID Driver into a USB floppy drive. Select to install the Intel ICH9 SATA RAID Controller driver.

  3. Finish the Windows installation and install all necessary drivers.

  4. Install the Intel Matrix Storage Console software via the Express Installer CD included with your mainboard or after downloading it from the Internet at http://downloadcenter.intel.com The Intel Matrix Storage Console software can be used to manage the RAID configuration.

Setting Up a “RAID Ready” System

The Intel Matrix Storage Technology Console software offers the flexibility to upgrade from a single Serial ATA drive to RAID without reinstalling the operating system, when a second SATA hard drive is added to the system.

Follow the steps described in the headings from this section: "Configuring the BIOS for Intel Matrix Storage Technology" and "Loading the Intel Matrix Storage Technology RAID Drivers and Software".

Once you have added the additional SATA drives, open the Intel Matrix Storage Technology Console Software and follow the directions to update to a RAID setup.

See the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager User's Manual (IMSM.pdf) bundled with the driver for more details.

The Intel Matrix Storage Manager software and drivers can be install from the Intel Express Installer CD or see MDG WWW site or Intel WWW site.