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C300 SSD + 2 1TB F3 Hard Drives in RAID 1 - HOW DO I DO IT?

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I have a new computer I am building and now it is down to the SSD as an OS drive (C300) and I want to use my 2 1TB F3 drives in RAID 1 so the data is mirrored in case there is ever a drive failure.

Any suggestions on how to set this up? I constantly see to setup the SATA ports to ACHI mode, but should it be RAID instead? And do I need to enable hotplugging on the two ports the F3 drives are on?

Thanks in advance I need a bit of help here. First time doing the SSD thing let alone trying to do a RAID with 2 other drives on top of that.
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You will have to run it in RAID mode. I also have the same setup going SSD + RAID 1 in RAID mode. You can only use the ACHI for non-RAID setups, don't worry your SSD will run and work fine in RAID mode.
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Originally Posted by Grim Reaper;13435820 
You will have to run it in RAID mode. I also have the same setup going SSD + RAID 1 in RAID mode. You can only use the ACHI for non-RAID setups, don't worry your SSD will run and work fine in RAID mode.

Well, hopefully the board I am running is easy enough to do RAID. The MSI P67A-GD65 seems to be a nice board. The ASUS P8P67 Pro gave me lots of issues (the infamous continuous on and off power loop cycle).

The way I understand it I put it in RAID mode, set the appropriate F3 drive as a mirror of the other drive and voila. Only thing is at that point I need to make sure when installing the OS on the SSD that it is only on the SSD.

Any tips in the process you could give?

Thanks.

EDIT: The system I am finishing is one based on the 2500K processor. Soon, it will take the place of this rig.
post #4 of 16
There is a step-by-step guide for this here which might help:

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/664738-how-setup-ssd-boot-drive-secondary.html
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Just stick the ssd in on its own, run it in raid mode but just let it boot, install windows then power down and put your drives in and this time when you power up press crtl+i continuously and it will go into the raid bios, then create new array and then select raid 1 and the two samsung drives. Then save it and your done
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Note, you can run in raid mode even if there is no raid array present, if you wanted you could run in raid mode and never use raid and it would be just like ide mode just at boot up you will see a raid bios with a list of the drives installed
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kal777;13436250 
Note, you can run in raid mode even if there is no raid array present, if you wanted you could run in raid mode and never use raid and it would be just like ide mode just at boot up you will see a raid bios with a list of the drives installed

I think you mean it would be just like running in AHCI mode.
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Thanks guys. I will give it a good shot.
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I guess the only part that confuses me is moving the program and user folders onto the RAID 1 setup.
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Originally Posted by RoddimusPrime;13446476 
I guess the only part that confuses me is moving the program and user folders onto the RAID 1 setup.

Here is a clear step by step guide http://www.overclock.net/ssd/664738-how-setup-ssd-boot-drive-secondary.html
    
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