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which raid/performance setup should i do?

post #1 of 5
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i just built a new computer and put it together today!!!!

anyways, i am somewhat confused as to what i should do or if i did something wrong.

information:


1 crucial m4 ssd (sata 6gbs 64gb)

1 sata 6gbs caviar blue 500gb


8gb ddr3 1600

i5-2500k

z68 ud3




i plugged in both bare drives, then turned on raid xhd (not the top one on bios, just the pch sata mode


i originally couldn't see the wd drive until i gave it a drive letter in disk management at which time it said it had 100 mb. i'm aware i could simply click expand to make the disk the actual size....but the fact that i had to even do this makes me think i did something wrong.

the directions for intel smart response tech. said that on first bootup i should turn on raid0 xhd, then install os, then drivers, then smart response technology software....and then after reboot there would be an "accelerate" option. i don't see this anywhere. do i have to 'create' a volume on this program first? that made me think that i somehow wasn't in raid and that that would only give me a software raid.



my second question is, would it be a better idea to install the os on the HDD instead and use the entire 64 gb to cache via smart tech program.

sorry for the newbie approach, i read through a few posts and stickys and still couldn't figure out where to even begin. thanks for all the expert helP!!!!
post #2 of 5
I'd install OS and important programs on the ssd, but install other programs and games (media too) on the hard drive. Also dont forget to read some of the guides on here about multiple-drive setups. Another thing to make sure to do is to make sure and move your page file to your hard drive, off of your ssd.
post #3 of 5
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okay so you guys wouldn't even use the ssd as caching for your larger drive then?

why even use raid0 then, instead of just having two drives??

also, can you link me to a how-to for transfering page file? not familiar....

and thanks for the help!
post #4 of 5
SSD for the OS always. I use the hdd to cache and page index the os. I seen some peoples ssd life expectancy take a hit without doing those tweeks so i did them.

Using the ssd as a cache, IMO wouldn't take advantage of its quick read and low access times. Mind as well buy a raptior.

Raid zero is combinding both drives into one big span of space striping the data on both drives. I wouldnt raid 0 a ssd and hdd together. Raid for a SSD is not really a smart thing to does as it disable trim which you want to keep your ssd in tip top shape.
Edited by lilraver018 - 7/25/11 at 11:52pm
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post #5 of 5
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okay. well at least i don't have to learn about raid now, then! haha.

so....google page file transfer how-to...


and as for the whole not raiding thing...what is all the hype about z68 turning your hdd into 'ssd-like-speed'? doesn't that require raid? or does the z68 automatically make my hdd faster than normal without my having changed any settings in bios or anywhere else on my computer whatsoever???

i got a z68 chipset mobo just because i liked the idea of having two fast hard-drives for a discounted price while still having lots of overclock features. guess i'm confused as to how it works

i thought the point was to use the ssd as the cache for whatever files your harddrive uses the most, and anything past 64 gb could be used for data.
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