Configuring a RAID Set (X570 AORUS Series)RAID Levels.21-1 Configuring SATA Controllers.2A. Installing SATA hard drive(s) in your computer. 2B. Configuring SATA controller mode in BIOS Setup. 3C. UEFI RAID Configuration. 31-2 Installing the SATA RAID/AHCI Driver and Operating System.7A. Installing Windows . 7B. Rebuilding an Array. 8-1-

RAID LevelsRAID 0Minimum Number of 2Hard DrivesArray CapacityNumber of hard drives *Size of the smallest driveFault ToleranceNoRAID 1RAID 1024Size of the smallest driveYes(Number of hard drives/2) *Size of the smallest driveYesTo configure SATA hard drive(s), follow the steps below:A.B.C.D.Install hard drive(s) in your computer.Configure SATA controller mode in BIOS Setup.Configure a RAID array in RAID BIOS (Note 1)Install the SATA RAID/AHCI driver and operating systemBefore you begin At least two SATA hard drives or SSDs (Note 2) (to ensure optimal performance, it is recommended that youuse two hard drives with identical model and capacity). (Note 3) A Windows setup disk. Motherboard driver disk. A USB thumb drive.1-1Configuring SATA ControllersA. Installing SATA hard drive(s) in your computerInstall the hard drives/SSDs in the SATA/M.2 connectors on the motherboard. Then connect the powerconnectors from your power supply to the hard drives.(Note 1) Skip this step if you do not want to create RAID array on the SATA controller.(Note 2) An M.2 PCIe SSD cannot be used to set up a RAID set either with an M.2 SATA SSD or a SATA hard drive.(Note 3) Refer to "Internal Connectors," for the installation notices for the M.2, and SATA connectors.-2-

B. Configuring SATA controller mode in BIOS SetupMake sure to configure the SATA controller mode correctly in system BIOS Setup.Step:Turn on your computer and press Delete to enter BIOS Setup during the POST (Power-On Self-Test). UnderSettings\IO Ports, set SATA Configuration\SATA Mode to RAID (Figure 1). Then save the settings andrestart your computer. (If you want to use NVMe PCIe SSDs to configure RAID, make sure to set NVMe RAIDmode to Enabled.)Figure 1C. UEFI RAID ConfigurationStep 1:In BIOS Setup, go to Boot and set CSM Support to Disabled (Figure 2). Save the changes and exit BIOS Setup.Figure 2The BIOS Setup menus described in this section may differ from the exact settings for your motherboard.The actual BIOS Setup menu options you will see shall depend on the motherboard you have andthe BIOS version.-3-

Step 2:After the system reboot, enter BIOS Setup again. Then enter the Settings\RAIDXpert2 Configuration Utilitysub-menu (Figure 3).Figure 3Step 3:On the RAIDXpert2 Configuration Utility screen, press Enter on Array Management to enter the CreateArray screen. Then, select a RAID level (Figure 4). RAID levels supported include RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID10 (the selections available depend on the number of the hard drives being installed). Next, press Enter onSelect Physical Disks to enter the Select Physical Disks screen.Figure 4-4-

Step 4:On the Select Physical Disks screen, select the hard drives to be included in the RAID array and set them toEnabled. Next, use the down arrow key to move to Apply Changes and press Enter (Figure 5).Then returnto the previous screen and set the Array Size, Array Size Unit, Read Cache Policy and Write Cache Policy.Figure 5Step 5:After setting the capacity, move to Create Array and press Enter to begin. (Figure 6)Figure 6-5-

After completing, you'll be brought back to the Array Management screen. Under Manage Array Propertiesyou can see the new RAID volume and information on RAID level, array name, array capacity, etc. (Figure 7)Figure 7Delete RAID VolumeTo delete a RAID array, select the array to be deleted on the RAIDXpert2 Configuration Utility\ArrayManagement\Delete Array screen. Press Enter on Delete Array to enter the Delete screen. Then setConfirm to Enabled and press Enter on Yes (Figure 8).Figure 8-6-

1-2Installing the SATA RAID/AHCI Driver and Operating SystemWith the correct BIOS settings, you are ready to install the operating system.A. Installing WindowsAs some operating systems already include SATA RAID/AHCI driver, you do not need to install separate RAID/AHCI driver during the Windows installation process. After the operating system is installed, we recommendthat you install all required drivers from the motherboard driver disk using "Xpress Install" to ensure systemperformance and compatibility. If the operating system to be installed requires that you provide additional SATARAID/AHCI driver during the OS installation process, please refer to the steps below:Step 1:Copy the Hw10 folder under the \BootDrv folder in the driver disk to your USB thumb drive.Step 2:Boot from the Windows setup disk and perform standard OS installation steps. When the screen requesting youto load the driver appears, select Browse.Step 3:Insert the USB thumb drive and then browse to the location of the driver. The location of the driver is as follows:Windows 64-bit: \Hw10\RAID\x64Step 4:When a screen as shown in Figure 1 appears, select AMD-RAID Bottom Device first and click Next to load thedriver. Then select AMD-RAID Controller and click Next to load the driver. Finally, continue the OS installation.Figure 1-7-

B. Rebuilding an ArrayRebuilding is the process of restoring data to a hard drive from other drives in the array. Rebuilding appliesonly to fault-tolerant arrays such as RAID 1 and RAID 10 arrays. To replace the old drive, make sure to use anew drive of equal or greater capacity. The procedures below assume a new drive is added to replace a faileddrive to rebuild a RAID 1 array.While in the operating system, make sure the Chipset and RAID drivers have been installed from the motherboarddriver disk. Then double-click the RAIDXpert2 icon on the desktop to launch the RAID utility.Step 1:Enter the login ID and password (default: "admin"),and then click Submit to launch AMD RAIDXpert2.Step 2:In the Disk Devices section, left-click your mousetwice on the newly-added hard drive.Step 3:On the next screen, select Assign as Global Spareand click Confirm.Step 4:During the rebuild process, you can select the arraythat is being built (displayed in red) in the ActiveVolumes section to check the current progress.Step 5:Then rebuild is complete when the Task Statecolumn shows "COMPLETED."-8-

Array screen. Then, select a RAID level (Figure 4). RAID levels supported include RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10 (the selections available depend on the number of the hard drives being installed). Next, press Enter on Select Physical Disks to enter the Select Physical Disks screen. Figure 3 Figure 4