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Building my new PC tomorrow. Going to be using a Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 for the mobo.

Hard drives are going to be:

Adata 64GB SSD
750GB WD Caviar Black
750GB WD Caviar Black
Seagate 256GB SATA

Here's what I want to do.. let me know if it's possible biggrin.gif

I would like to run the OS on the SSD. I want to run the two 750GB's in RAID 0 for my game / program installs and I'd like for the 256GB HDD to be for storage.

Is it possible to run RAID 0 in conjunction with single drives? I would imagine so but I want to get this figured out before I start the build.
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Plug them into the Marvell controlled SATA ports because once you switch the Intel SATA ports to RAID they all go into RAID. . .
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2 x Marvell 88SE9172 chips:

2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors (including one eSATA/USB Combo) on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
Support for SATA RAID 0 and RAID 1

Or alternatively RAID the SATA ports controlled by the Marvell chip
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Originally Posted by soulster;13650807 
Plug them into the Marvell controlled SATA ports because once you switch the Intel SATA ports to RAID they all go into RAID. . .



Or alternatively RAID the SATA ports controlled by the Marvell chip

I'm guessing using the RAID on the Marvell ports would work fine? Seems to make sense as there are only two and I'm using two drives. What is different about the marvell and standard SATA ports?
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Apart from them being different chips, not too sure about their performance differences haha sorry ^^"
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yes you can run raid and non-raid all on the intel controller. i have almost the exact same board as you (bought several days ago) and i can confirm this. do not compromise on the marvell controller. put everything on intel z68 for best performance smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by soulster;13650807 
Plug them into the Marvell controlled SATA ports because once you switch the Intel SATA ports to RAID they all go into RAID. . .


Or alternatively RAID the SATA ports controlled by the Marvell chip

Wrong, enabling raid enables ahci aswell, this means that those drives that are not part of a raid array will be running in ahci. My bios is set to raid because of two of my hdd's but I have an ssd on that same controller that is running as ahci.
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post #7 of 8
In my Q6600 I have 640 gig AAKS in raid 0 and a samsung F3 1TB as storage, so you can run both raid and single drives no problem
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Don't use the Marvell controller. Set the SATA as RAID. this will run the SSD as AHCI (as stated above) After you install your OS onto the SSD, reboot and press ctrl-I to set up your RAID array. You'll then have to go into Administrative Tools / Computer Management / Storage / Disk Management. You'll get a popup windows that wants you to format your new array. Quick format and assign a drive letter. You can also reassign differant drive letters here so all your hard drives are grouped together.
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