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So i want to sort out my hardrives for the best speed possible. Ive got 2x Samsung F3 7200rpm 1TB drives but im only using one atm as my primary drive and ive got an F4 2TB 5400rpm as storage atm which im planning on pulling out. So what i was think is, buy a decent SSD, then put 2 of my f3'sin raid 0 for the best speed then ive got 2TB of storage? How would i go about doing this anyone got any tips? ive never setup up or even touched raid before. Would this work?
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This would work easily, just setup in the RAID BIOS. At boot you must press Fsomething to enter RAID BIOS and there you can create the array for only the two Samsung F3. Then install the OS on the SSD and setup the backup (for example) to go to the F4.

That said, I'm having a hard time imagining what would be the point of the RAID-0 array. It could bring some performance boost if used as app drives, but exactly the fact of installing stuff on the array in stead of the SSD defeats the purpose of the SSD. The fast way is to put all OS / apps / games / temp on the SSD and MP3s / movies / pics on a HDD; if done like that you won't gain anything by placing a couple of pics on a RAID-0, you'd only increase the risk of data loss, so you should better use the 3 HDDs as storage. In the end all HDDs are so slow compared to SSDs that it doesn't matter how fast disks are compared to one another.
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I think the OPs logic is sound. When dealing with a small SSD you don't want to cramp it with applications and games because you want to keep the OS light and responsive. Furthermore without extensive customization, Windows can be quite cancerous on it generic drive causing slight decrements in size as time increases. I currently have a similar set up:

64gb SATA III SSD OS drive
640 GB F4's in RAID 0 for games and Apps
1TB extra for storage.

So in case you're wondering how exactly to do this, i am going to quote myself here from ANOTHER POST in ANOTHER THREAD, please note the shortcuts may not be the same for your motherboard, and that this should be done prior to installing Windows 7 on your SSD

Quote:
Basically the steps to follow are thus:

1. Plug all drives in.
2. Boot into BIOS, change drive setting to AHCI(options are IDE/RAID/AHCI)
3. Boot off Windows disc and install on SSD.
4. After installation, go into BIOS, change to RAID.
5. Hit Cntrl + I(this was the short cut for my onboard RAID controller to go into its set up screen; refer to your motherboard manual, since its an ASUS i think it should be the same).
6. Select the drives to set up the RAID Array.
7. Select the strip width( 128kb is for average use, post back for specialized use of small files or large files).
8. Create the Array.
9. You now have your entire setup running as you want it.
10. Remember to keep your BIOS in RAID mode, for if you change it the array will fall apart but you wont lose data.
11. Your SSD will remain in AHCI mode.
Hope this helps.
Edited by Razultull - 7/21/11 at 7:35am
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