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This is not true.. after installing to the mech drives, you can use steam mover to create a junction point in the steam folder and move the game to the ssd
This. Junction points in Windows are similar to symbolic links in Unix (instead of a shortcut using a .lnk file, the OS actually follows the junction to the folder it leads to, instead of interpreting a link to it)
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I think you be better off getting one 1TB WD Black drive. Your not going to see that much of a real world difference. Also unless you backup your data to another drive Raid 0 is not the way to store data. If one drive fails all your data is gone. You can sometimes loose the raid config on a bad overclock or a loose cable.
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thanks for that HDTune picture. the curve is what i wanted to avoid. i want to cut off the drop at 50% (middle of the chart) by making the array and only use 400GB of 930 GB.
but yea those are some nice performance. looking forward to setting up my SSD for the first time thanks for advice guys.

PS: one thing i need confirmed: so it is possible to set up a raid 0 array with 2 HDD and then have a separate SSD all on the same intel controller? the only reason i want to go with marvell is because i thought doing everything on intel was not possible.
I can confirm this.. I have a crucial C300 128GB as my main os drive on intel ICH10R AND I have a 4 drive Raid10 with absolutely no issues. the newest intel drivers pass trim through to an ssd even when there is a raid array ( as long as the ssd is not part of the raid itself )
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ok my motherboard just arrived today and i just set up everything. enabled raid on the Z68 controller and found that I can have 2 HDD in raid 0 and 1 SSD in non-RAID on the same controller. but the system is in RAID mode. i heard that you have to enable AHCI mode for the SSD for best performance. how can I do this? or is it not possible to have RAID on 2 HDDs and AHCI on one SSD all on the same controller? I don't want to deal with the Marvell 88SE9172 controller.
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RAID is AHCI. With that setup any drive that is not in the RAID array is in AHCI. I've been running my setup just this way since I got my Vertex3.

By the way everyone that says if you lose one drive in your RAID array you lose all your data. If you lose your single drive, you also lose all your data. There is just 50% more of a chance (with two RAID drives) to lose one of the drives. That is why you SHOULD always have a backup drive with a RAID0 array. Also use the best drives you can get for your array. That is why I'm using two WD RE4's.

You will see a better performance "short-stroking" your RAID array. Here are my two 500GB RE4's in a RAID0 array at 1000GB:



And here are the same two drive shortstroked to 500GB:



The biggest thing with this is noticed the improvement in access time. That is what will speed up your "real world" use of these drives. I hope this helped.
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RAID is AHCI. With that setup any drive that is not in the RAID array is in AHCI. I've been running my setup just this way since I got my Vertex3.

By the way everyone that says if you lose one drive in your RAID array you lose all your data. If you lose your single drive, you also lose all your data. There is just 50% more of a chance (with two RAID drives) to lose one of the drives. That is why you SHOULD always have a backup drive with a RAID0 array. Also use the best drives you can get for your array. That is why I'm using two WD RE4's.

You will see a better performance "short-stroking" your RAID array. Here are my two 500GB RE4's in a RAID0 array at 1000GB:



And here are the same two drive shortstroked to 500GB:



The biggest thing with this is noticed the improvement in access time. That is what will speed up your "real world" use of these drives. I hope this helped.

Actually Ultimate defrag does the same thing without needing to short stroke. it will move all system files and folders you designate to the outside of the platters.. along with some other very useful options ( like arranging by volatility ) I am not saying short stroking is bad, just that it is not needed anymore. 1 question I do have, is compacting files on an ssd beneficial? smaller file sizes = less data written and more data that can fit sequentially for reads.. Am i correct?
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but wouldn't compressing stuffs make the storage system slower because u have to decompress on the fly when u access files?
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but wouldn't compressing stuffs make the storage system slower because u have to decompress on the fly when u access files?
actually todays cpus are so fast you gain more by compressing the files. the latency is almost non existant
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