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i brought a WD500GB BLACK but i don't see no raid option in my bios? lol.... i thot my MB would have raid...


if not where can i see my WD in my computer? cause it's only showing my OLD maxtor 320 disk...
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You'd need at least two comparable drives for RAID 0.
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Sorry, I'm a noob to this hard disk stuff, but what do you mean by "comparable"

They gotta be the same?
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You will want them to be the same size/RPM. They do not NEED to be, but let's say you RAID 0 a 500GB and 320GB, you will be limited to a 640GB RAID array (320+320). Also, the RPM will "dumb down" to the lower. If you have a 10k rpm and a 7200rpm, the 10k will run at 7200rpm instead of its optimal 10k.

Google your mobo and RAID 0 etc, to see what pops up. You will need a full reformat for the RAID 0 setup, so create a backup of your important files. Your computer will view the 2 HDD RAID setup as one HDD, thus needing a fresh new install
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You will want them to be the same size/RPM. They do not NEED to be, but let's say you RAID 0 a 500GB and 320GB, you will be limited to a 640GB RAID array (320+320). Also, the RPM will "dumb down" to the lower. If you have a 10k rpm and a 7200rpm, the 10k will run at 7200rpm instead of its optimal 10k.

Google your mobo and RAID 0 etc, to see what pops up. You will need a full reformat for the RAID 0 setup, so create a backup of your important files. Your computer will view the 2 HDD RAID setup as one HDD, thus needing a fresh new install
Thanks, seems like my MOBO doesn't have raid. Oh well. How do i set up the master/slave HDD? right now i have Sata0 master as my WD/ and Sata1 slave as my maxtor? should i switch the connectors around?
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SATA has no master/slave configuration.
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SATA has no master/slave configuration.
ahh, I'm such a noob, good that I'm learning tho, Thanks. So how do i make my WD black show up? I only see the MAXTOR320GB so far. Do i have to reinstall windows? if so thats fine...
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If it shows up in BIOS but not in Windows:

Start -> diskmgmt.msc

At the bottom you should be able to create a partition, format and assign a drive letter.
(Right click the drive on the left hand side button).
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If it shows up in BIOS but not in Windows:

Start -> diskmgmt.msc

At the bottom you should be able to create a partition, format and assign a drive letter.
(Right click the drive on the left hand side button).
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