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How do I setup a RAID with a SSD?

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I got the SSD installed, but I need to set my raid. The sata has different configurations RAID (for raids) and ACHI for (SSD) how do I set to have both?

Please if it could be like steped explanation it would be great
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You would have to get a 2nd SSD thats identical to your first, connect them both to the same controller on your motherboard (your manual will tell you which controllers are which), set that controller in your BIOS to raid, and configure your 2 disks in a RAID 0 configuration. Note, doing this will disable TRIM support on both SSDs, and may slow them down. SSDs with garbage control may be OK, but I am not an expert in this area to be able to say for sure.
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ITS A RAID of HDD (mechanical) PLUS SSD

2x 250 HDD
1x SSD
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You can't put all 3 of them into a RAID configuration. You can only RAID like drives (ideally drives that are exactly the same) into an array. It is not recommended to raid any drives that are of different speeds, model, or size. Looking at the drives in your sig rig, I wouldnt recommend putting any of those into a RAID configuration. If you did choose to do so, you could either do RAID 0, or RAID 1. RAID 0 will make the 2 drives act as one (two 2 GB drives would appear to the OS as one 4 GB drive) and it would double the speed of the drives because it would alternate the drives that it writes to. The downfall is doubling your points of failure because if one drive dies, everything on both disks is lost. RAID 1 is for fault tolerance. The OS still sees your 2GB drive, but in the background, it mirrors everything to the 2nd drive, which is not available to you. You gain fault tolerance, but double the price of disk in order to get it.

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You can't put all 3 of them into a RAID configuration. You can only RAID like drives (ideally drives that are exactly the same) into an array. It is not recommended to raid any drives that are of different speeds, model, or size. Looking at the drives in your sig rig, I wouldnt recommend putting any of those into a RAID configuration. If you did choose to do so, you could either do RAID 0, or RAID 1. RAID 0 will make the 2 drives act as one (two 2 GB drives would appear to the OS as one 4 GB drive) and it would double the speed of the drives because it would alternate the drives that it writes to. The downfall is doubling your points of failure because if one drive dies, everything on both disks is lost. RAID 1 is for fault tolerance. The OS still sees your 2GB drive, but in the background, it mirrors everything to the 2nd drive, which is not available to you. You gain fault tolerance, but double the price of disk in order to get it.

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yes he kinda can lol. look at his sigg rig. he has a Z68 board. Im guessing he wants to use the intel Smart Response technology to use SSD cashing on his current RAID HDDs
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The RAID was plan ONLY for those 2x 250gb!!!!!!
The SSD only for the OS.

And yes I would like to use the SSD from the Z68 but how do I configure the SATA for RAID and the ACHI?
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I've already installed windows in my ssd I need to install my RAID in windows how do I do that?
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you are going to have to reinstall windows or it wont work... what you wanna do is set it to raid in bios then enter raid manager and configure the raid configuration and then exit and install windows onto the ssd. raid is achi.
    
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But which difference I will get in the process? Now I have ACHI set, and both drives RAID enable, now when I start the windows install process what I should do to get it detected? I installed drivers in the same usb that I have windows USB installed..
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you dont need any drivers... set it to raid in bios you shouldnt still see achi anywhere. once you restart the raid config thing should come up and you have to enter and setup the array then when you go to install windows you should see only 2 hdd and the ssd and the raid array. No drivers are needed windows will install them for you.
    
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