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With GIGABYTE eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D)
(Note 1)
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ready system for RAID 0 when a new SATA drive is added. For a RAID 0 array that al-
ready exists, users also can use X.H.D to easily add a hard drive into the array to expand
its capacity. All with a simple click of a button, X.H.D helps to enhance your hard drive
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B. Using GIGABYTE eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D)
(Note 1) The X.H.D utility only supports the SATA controllers integrated in the Intel Chipset.
(Note 2) It is recommended that before you run the X.H.D utility, back up all of your data to avoid risk of
hardware damage or lost of data.
(Note 3) If you manually build a non-RAID 0 array, you'll not be able to automatically set up a RAID 0 array
later using the Auto function.
1. To automatically set up a RAID 0 array:
Click Auto to automatically and quickly set up a RAID 0 array.
2. To manually set up a RAID array: (Note 3):
Click Manual to access the Intel Matrix Storage Console, with which you can build a RAID 0, RAID 1, or
other supported RAID array depending on your needs and hardware components.
3. Exits the X.H.D utility:
Click Cancel to exit the X.H.D utility.
Instructions:(Note 2)
Before launching X.H.D, make sure the newly added hard-
drive has equal or greater capacity than the RAID-ready
system drive. (To add a new hard drive into a RAID 0 ar-
ray that's been created earlier, make sure the new drive is
greater than or equal to the biggest drive in the array. )
4-8 eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D)
A. Setting Up a RAID-Ready System
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Enter the system BIOS Setup program, set eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D) under the Integrated Peripherals
menu to Enabled to enable RAID for the Intel SATA controllers.
Step 2: Install the RAID driver and operating system
The X.H.D utility supports Windows 7/Vista/XP. Before installing the operating system, you have to load the
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process. (For more details, refer to Chapter 5, "Installing the SATA RAID/AHCI Driver and Operating System." )
Step 3: Install the motherboard drivers and the X.H.D utiltiy
After installing the operating system, insert the motherboard driver disk. You can click the Xpress Install All
button to automatically install all motherboard drivers, including the X.H.D utility. Or you can go to the Applica-
tion Software screen to individually install the X.H.D utility later.
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