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Hello everyone,

I currently have 3 HDDs (1x 1.5TB 5400rpm Samsung and 2x 1TB WD Caviar Blue 7200rpm), with windows, all my programs and games installed on the Samsung and the Caviar Blues in a RAID 0.

I don't need the RAID 0 anymore so I'm looking to reinstall Windows on one of the Caviar Blues.
What I was thinking specifically was:

1.5TB Samsung - For documents, movies, music etc.
1TB Caviar Blue - Solely for Windows, nothing else (which wastes about 900GB)
1TB Caviar Blue - All programs and games

At the moment it takes my computer a good 5 or 6 minutes from startup to open all my startup programs (of which there are about 12 - but I need all of them), because of the slower Samsung drive.

Will my proposed config be good for increasing the responsiveness and load times of my system? Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make it better (and how to not waste that 900GB)?

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On your boot drive install OS to a sub 128g partition. Then during setup of your drives configure folders as needed...

You could, take the un-partitioned space on boot drive and set it aside for a dual-boot option... Linux, New release of windows os, whatever... or you could partition it for a non-essential drive for program files, saves, things that don't get accessed as much or often as main programs, items...

just my

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Make a small 80~100GB C drive partition on the fastest part of the disc (don't remember if it was the outside or inside lol) for windows only. It'd be a shame to waste 900GB's.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. Would it be better to put my games on the larger partition of the windows drive and all other programs on the other drive? I will be accessing the drive with the programs on it quite a lot but the one with the games not as much.
    
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Do you have an external for backups? Might be a use for one of them...

Yea, just make a partition for windows, no need for a whole 1tb just for that.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. Would it be better to put my games on the larger partition of the windows drive and all other programs on the other drive? I will be accessing the drive with the programs on it quite a lot but the one with the games not as much.
Put your games on the other WD Blue, not the one with the OS. It's best to keep them separate so the game isn't competing with the Operating System, which is what happens when they are on the same logical disk. Use the remaining space for programs or storage.
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Do you have an external for backups? Might be a use for one of them...

Yea, just make a partition for windows, no need for a whole 1tb just for that.
Yep, got an external for backups, getting all my important stuff off it now. Can't wait for my PC to be faster at startup, I can literally go and make a cup of coffee before it has loaded everything, it's ridiculously slow.

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Put your games on the other WD Blue, not the one with the OS. It's best to keep them separate so the game isn't competing with the Operating System, which is what happens when they are on the same logical disk. Use the remaining space for programs or storage.
OK, thanks for the tip. I guess it does make sense to put the games on a separate disk, they do read quite a bit from the disk.
Edited by Mr. Moon - 10/22/11 at 3:27pm
    
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It's been a few hours since this thread was started but I need some assistance. I backed up all the data from my windows drive, and went into the BIOS. Before I did this I deleted the RAID 0 I had set on my WD drives. I set SATA ports 1-4 (which have my 3 hard drives and my ODD on them) to AHCI mode.

I booted from the Windows 7 disk and got to the screen which displays available disks to install W7 on. My 2 WD drives didn't appear here. I also can't boot to my normal Samsung drive in AHCI mode, only IDE. I previously had SATA ports 1-4 set to RAID in the BIOS and it booted fine.

I tried booting in IDE mode into windows and formatting the WD drives and checking if they appeared in the installation list, but they still don't. Does anyone know how I can get them to appear in the installation list when SATA ports 1-4 are on AHCI?
Edited by Mr. Moon - 10/22/11 at 6:49pm
    
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post #9 of 9
try a power drain...

Flip switch on psu to off, or unplug...
Press and hold power button for 5 - 10 seconds then release...
Power it back up and enter bios, select load defaults, save and exit and try that...
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