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Long story short I just built a sandy bridge computer with a GD65 MSI motherboard. Not sure of all the controllers it has for raid, but I wish I could put the ssd which is hookedup to the SATA 3 ports on ahci mode and leave my 2 F3 drives in raid. My original intent was to have the ssd as a boot drive and for adobe cs5. But all my games (mostly steam) and media on a set of raid 1 1TB F3 drives. I was thinking raid 1 in case one of the storage drives crashed. However, someone mentioned I should just not use raid and do a software backup. Or do raid 0 on the F3 drives and use another drive as a backup. I have a 2 TB F4 drive I could do that with.

But I also intend on having a server with 2 to 3 F4 drives for backing 3 computers up to plus media streaming, remote access, and temp hosting. Either 2 F4 drives in raid 1 or 3 with raid 5 (with raid card so I can swap a bad drive or into a future build).

With all that said I want to make sure I can have all my games running from the storage/media drives so I dont run up the 64GB ssd.

What is best to do?
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 5/10/11 at 8:31am
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I installed my 80gb using ahci and did registry changes to install all user files and my documents folder to install on the X drive which was my raid 0 array using 2 spinpoint f3's. Of course you will have to change it to RAID in the bios but I found that my ssd was running at advertised speeds even though it wasn't set to ahci. I know it sounds complicated but it really wasn't and it was my first time setting up a raid of any kind.

Here is the post about the SSD registry changes

http://www.overclock.net/ssd/664738-...secondary.html

It was very helpful in setting up my ssd.
    
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Well I'll tell ya, for a server, RAID makes sense to me. For a home system, especially running sometimes "questionable" software that can crash a system, RAID makes no sense. I tried it and it crashed constantly, especially while doing overclock tests and suicide runs. Finally, I gave up and just use my ACRONIS thing to CLONE my boot SSD to the other SSD once in a while. I keep all documents and all games and everything else but system files on a separate 1TB Barracuda which I manually CLONE to another 1TB drive now and then.

I may go ahead and setup a schedule to auto backup, but I know when I make changes and would rather do it myself.

I also have a few 2.5" drives to hotswap in and also do manual backups.

I would really suggest you just set AHCI for hotswapping, backup or clone your SSD manually for a client system. For a server, MIRROR RAID would be fine, but if I was you, I would forget about stripping or anything like that for a lower bandwidth home or small office server.


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I also have a few 2.5" drives to hotswap in and also do manual backups.
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