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Greetings,

Currently I have a 128gb Crucial M4 running my OS and some programs, I have a second coming in the mail today and I want to set them up in RAID 0. I've read these drives should be in AHCI mode which I guess is almost the same thing. Currently my BIOS is set to RAID because I have 2 1TB Samsung F3s in RAID 1, and the M4 running solo.

My question is what is the best step to installing this second drive. I can backup all the data on my F3s and redo the RAID array after I get the M4's running, so I can switch to AHCI mode no problem. I've read things about having to align an SSD after formatting. Do I need to do that to the one I am using currently. Also I need to update both SSDs to the latest firmware. I will make an update CD for that and update them both before I reinstall Windows 7. The other thing I want to do is install Windows without the system partition.

I read this somewhere
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At the first setup screen (Language, Keyboard, etc.) press SHIFT+F10. This will open a command prompt window. Enter the following diskpart commands to create a partition.

- Diskpart
- List disk
(this command is important. It will show you what disk drives you have. Most likely your hard drive will be will be Disk 0, but you need to check it first.)

- select disk 0
- clean
- create partition primary size=60000
(this creates a partition 60GB in size. If you want to use the whole hard drive, just leave off the size=number)

- select partition 1
- active
- format fs=ntfs quick
I will have the 2 M4s in a AHCI RAID 0 array when I loadup windows installer so will that work? Will they even show up at that screen without having loaded drivers from USB stick?



sorry this is a lot of questions. if someone could give me a step by step on how I should go about this whole process I would be extremely appreciative. Thanks in advance for any input
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RAID actually uses the exact same instruction set as ACHI. in essence, they are the very same thing.
if you do a fresh install with Win7, it will align it automatically.

if you use a imaging tool such as Acronis that is "4k aware" you will not have to align your drives. It will preserve the alignment of the drives that you pulled the image from.
So, no need to align after install, provided that the image you are copying is aligned already.

the "system partition" that is 100 MB is unnecessary. It is actually there for BitLocker, so that you will not have to do an entire re-installation if you ever need to use it. It is harmless and takes a very tiny portion of your drive space. If it bothers you though, remove it using disk manager after the install is done.

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I will have the 2 M4s in a AHCI RAID 0 array when I loadup windows installer so will that work? Will they even show up at that screen without having loaded drivers from USB stick?
no need for drivers, it will see it.
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hrm Sean that way seems incredibly complicated, I don't really mind reinstalling windows I guess if RAID is fine I can keep my F3 array setup and just wipe my current SSD and RAID in the 2nd one and reinstall windows. I'll attempt those commands and see if I can get rid of that smaller windows system partition.

EDIT: and I guess before I setup the RAID 0 on my SSD's i'll update the firmware on both because I think you have to boot in IDE mode before u do that
Edited by hydropwnics - 10/18/11 at 12:49pm
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Ok then, also check out this install guide for windows on an ssd. http://www.overclock.net/ssd/929553-...p-secrets.html
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I figured it all out, got the drives updated to 0009 and have them set in RAID 0, installing a fresh copy of windows now. weeeee!
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