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Title sorta sounds like it involves WoW.

So I'm getting my second F3 in the mail today and I have no clue on how to RAID them together.

I'm going to be using an ASRock P55 Extreme and two F3s.

I have read many guides on how to RAID as well and searched about it several times on OCN.

Tell me if my process is right. After installing both hdd, I go into bios and enable RAID. Then I press F6 and insert my motherboard CD for the drivers. Then I should be able to install W7.

Is this the right? Also I've been reading about Intel Matrix Drivers. What is this and do I need it? Also, recommend me a good stripe size. I will be using RAID for better load time. Not much processing at all.

This is seriously my first time doing this and I would like to do it a fast and proper manner. Thanks!

Btw, going to partition the drives into 200GB and 800GB. Sound good?
    
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It's been awhile since I've done in on an Intel motherboard.
But basic steps to set it up apply to most onboard raid controllers.

- Once you enable raid in the bios, you'll need to create a Raid Array (you'll see an option for that during the boot process once you enable raid)
- The type of raid mode you want. (I'm assuming you're going with raid0)
- Specify the size of the raid array, strip size, raid array name. ( I can't remember the stripe size I used on my previous intel board, I just left it at default)

The Intel Matrix Drivers will allow you to monitor & edit your raid array within windows.

As for installing windows 7, there might be drivers built into windows that would automatically detect your raid drive. Otherwise like you said just insert your motherboard disc and load the drivers.

You can partition the drive like you normally would with a single drive. I'm assuming one is going to be a boot drive and the other for random files?
I would make the boot drive smaller you don't need 200GB to install Windows. You can use that extra space for your other files.
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Tell me if my process is right. After installing both hdd, I go into bios and enable RAID. Then I press F6 and insert my motherboard CD for the drivers. Then I should be able to install W7.
After enabling RAID, you need to initialize the RAID from the RAID BIOS. Usually there's a message telling you to press something (Ctrl+F?) to enter it when booting. After doing that you can install Windows.

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Also, recommend me a good stripe size.
64K or 128K is a good stripe size. Some older drives got slower as stripe sizes increased, but I don't believe F3's do.

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Btw, going to partition the drives into 200GB and 800GB. Sound good?
Sounds great.

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I would make the boot drive smaller you don't need 200GB to install Windows. You can use that extra space for your other files.
Games.
     
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post #4 of 6
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actually figured it out. took 30 min tho... :\\

haha. the 800gigs is going toward backup files and such but sure.

i plan to keep all my games in the 200gb

+rep to both of yall. thanks!
    
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done with it all. here's a pic.



should i be worried about the huge constant dip from 80 to 100?
    
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I wouldn't be too worried, the speed of the drive changes depending on where the read arm is. That's why I short stroked my raid setup.

I would be happy with that performance over two drives.
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