1.    30 Jul 2016 #1
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    Windows 10 Pro

    How to setup RAID 5 with ReFS formatted Hard Drives?

    ​MB: Asus Z97-K ( 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports ) / CPU: G3258 / Windows 10 Pro installed on a SSD

    Is this an Okay/proper way of installing 4x 4Tb WD Red drives in RAID 5 - formatted ReFS

    1: in "Disk Management" set the 4 drives as simple /unformatted

    2: downloaded to Desktop & double clicked - "Enable_formatting_with_ReFS.reg"
    as per Brink's ReFS File System - Enable or Disable in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    3: in "This PC" right clicked each drive - and formatted as ReFS

    4: rebooted into Bios - Advanced menu / PCH Storage Configuration / SATA Mode Selection - set [AHCI] to [RAID] & saved

    At this point don't boot into windows 10 - it will want to do a repair

    5: rebooted - during POST - pressed <Ctrl> + <I> to enter Intel Rapid Storage Technology ROM utility

    6: created RAID 5 volume - exited

    still don't boot into windows 10

    7: rebooted into Bios - Advanced menu / PCH Storage Configuration / SATA Mode Selection - set [RAID] to [AHCI] & saved

    8: rebooted into windows 10 - thru "Search Windows" entered MSCONFIG / Boot Options / ticked SafeBoot

    9: rebooted into Bios - Advanced menu / PCH Storage Configuration / SATA Mode Selection - set [AHCI] to [RAID] & saved

    10: rebooted into windows 10 Safemode - in Elevated Command Prompt only entered MSCONFIG / Boot Options / UNticked SafeBoot

    11: rebooted into windows 10 - everything system in works Okay

    Disk 0 is Basic ( C: ) 209 GB NTFS Healthy (Boot, etc)
    Disk 1 - Basic ( R: ) 11178 GB ReFS Healthy (Primary Partition)

    SFC /SCANNOW - no integrity violations
    Last edited by Pokey; 31 Jul 2016 at 02:24.
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  2.    31 Jul 2016 #2
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    Windows 10 Pro


    1: Intel RST initialization completed after a bit over 48 hours

    2: The SSD is a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB - Bios SATA mode is RAID
    "Samsung Magician is not properly communicating with Samsung SSD ... If you are using any custom storage ... may not work ..."
    So I uninstalled Samsung Magician & set Windows to optimize/trim weekly

    3: System Restore doesn't work "encountered an error ... (0x81000203)"

    I have a clone of the SSD, that I'm not sure will work now? So I'm thinking that back up the system to an external drive would be safer
    The Raid 5 is empty - a test write of 4GB was super fast for about 1/3 of the write (took 1-2 seconds) then slowed down to about 70Mb/s to finish, read was about 225Mb/s
    All data to go onto Raid 5 will be backed up to CD's, DVD's & external drives, etc

    Edit: due to the word driver in this post being turned into and used as a link to a driver updater advertisement
    Last edited by Pokey; 31 Aug 2016 at 19:58.
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  3.    31 Aug 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro

    update 2

    All is great ...This PC is now being used as the Plex Server with various music and video libraries

    ... so far very happy
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