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ASRock Ultra Quad M.2 Card 16-lane AIC Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Mar 7, 2018 12:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: ASRock

Creating a bootable VROC RAID Array

 

Before proceeding head to your motherboard manufacturer's download section and grab the latest RSTe 5.XXX Series SATA Floppy Image and extract it. Place it on a USB drive.

 

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Step one in creating a bootable VROC array is set storage to boot UEFI only. Next, you need to bifurcate a 16x slot to x4x4x4x4. We chose PCIe slot 1.

 

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Next, create your RAID volume by entering Intel Virtual RAID on CPU. This is found on the Advanced tab of our BIOS.

 

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Click on Create RAID Volume. Select RAID 0. Select your drives for the array. Stripe size is a default of 128KB, stay with that it runs best. Click create volume.

 

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Now you have created your RAID volume. Insert your Windows Installer USB, the USB drive with the RSTe 5.XXX Series SATA Floppy Image driver on it and reboot.

 

 

Be sure you are booting your Windows Installer as UEFI when installing Windows.

 

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Once you have the installer to where you select where to install Windows, you will be greeted with no drives in the list. Click on Load Driver. (This is where we inject the driver you downloaded so the array can be seen.) Now click on Browse.

 

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Browse to the folder with the RSTe 5.XXX Series SATA Floppy Image driver you placed on the separate USB drive, and click OK.

 

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Select the VROC driver and click Next to inject the driver into your Windows install.

 

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After the driver is injected hit refresh. Windows Installer can now see the array and away you go.

 

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After Windows installs, install your chipset drivers and then you need to install the RSTe control panel/driver to be able to manage the array. Go back to the driver downloads for your motherboard and grab Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise driver and utility. Install it.

 

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Open the RSTe control panel. Here you can see the configuration of your VROC array. Make sure Disk data cache is enabled.

 

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This is a quick shot of our system and array as we configured it. You can see the drivers we used and the settings we chose.

 

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You can install ASRock's Ultra Quad M.2 Card Utility if you want to manage the card's fan speed.

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