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SSD Boot Drive with Raid0 HDDs.

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My HDDs will arrive tomorrow and I plan to set them up in a raid0. However, it is my understanding that you must disconnect all drives except for the SSD in order to install the OS on it without issues. My SSD is not going to be a part of the raid. So my question is this:

Do I set my SATA options in the BIOS to Raid and install the OS on the SSD before connecting the actual raid drives?

Edit: NVM, I did some more digging and found my own answer.

Edited by Phantom_Dave - 8/17/11 at 2:20pm
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I know you said nvm, but anyways......(since I just did my first RAID a few days ago lol).

I disconnected my backup drive (my Seagate) since I didn't want any chance of anything happening to it. I had my SSD and two F3's connected, then booted into BIOS and set up the RAID (set SATA to RAID, then rebooted and hit F10 to get to RAID BIOS). Then rebooted again and installed Winbloze. The windows installer recognized the RAID array right away with no issues. Then went into Disk management and created a new disk. Way easier than I expected.
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It's all good. It seems that it really doesn't matter if you attach the other drives before or after installing the OS on the SSD. People in that thread I linked did it both ways.

But what does matter is if the OS is already installed on the SSD and it was installed with AHCI selected in the BIOS SATA configuration. The OS must be installed with raid selected for the SATA config or else the drive will not boot when you change it from AHCI to raid. (I already knew this though)

Since it doesn't matter, I'm going to do it by adding the raid drives after I install the OS. Just to be sure everything for the OS gets put only on the SSD.
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