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Hey everyone,

I'm trying to figure out how best to set up my various drives.
I have 4 sata 3 drives of which there are:
1 x 60Gb SSD - This is currently the boot drive and plugged into 1 of the intel sata 3 ports
1 x 640Gb WD Caviar Black - This is for games and other programmes - also plugged into 1 of the intel sata 3 ports
2x 1Tb WD Caviar Blacks - This is for my work storage - currently plugged into the Marvell sata 3 ports.

I want to set the 2 1Tb drives in a Raid 1 array. For this I understand I have to use the Intel chipset sata ports.

Will my SSD and other 640Gb drive still function as well as they do now off the Marvell controlled sata 3 ports?

My config would then be:
2 x 1Tb in the two Intel sata 3 ports
SSD & 640Gb in the two Marvell sata 3 ports

Will this work?
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I wouldn't use the Marvell ports for your SSD. They don't support TRIM, and you'll get poor performance. I would know, I'm fighting this very same issue myself.

I honestly have NO IDEA what to do with our situations, as they're very similar. We both have a RAID array that has to be on the Intel controller. We both have a SSD, which leaves only the Marvell controller for AHCI mode, but it doesn't support TRIM, and isn't 6Gb/s as advertised (I've tested, its only 3Gb/s).

I think about the only option is to use your white Intel ports for the SSD, and use the light blue's for mechanical drives. Try to ignore the dark blue Marvell ports all together. That's what I think I'm going to do with mine tomorrow.

EDIT:
Just confirmed. Use your SSD on your Intel 6Gb/s ports (white). Do NOT use the Marvell ports. If you're going to setup a RAID with the Intel controller, RAID mode automatically turns on AHCI, so the SSD will still function correctly, even though the entire controller is in RAID mode (for your RAID1).

Edited by pioneerisloud - 11/2/11 at 4:01am
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HaHa, go pioneer!

I would only use the marvel ports for a single hdd/DVD drive, for raid use intel or an add on raid controller.
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HaHa, go pioneer!

I would only use the marvel ports for a single hdd/DVD drive, for raid use intel or an add on raid controller.
I'm not even going to demote my mechanical drives to that failure of a storage controller. My DVDRW is going to go there.
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you could always get a pci-e card and put those other 2 drive on that instead.
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you could always get a pci-e card and put those other 2 drive on that instead.
Why? He's got 6x Intel ports (4x SATA 3Gb/s, 2x SATA 6Gb/s), and 2x Marvell ports that suck.

Use the SSD on the 6Gb/s Intel ports. Use the Mechanical drives on what's left over on the Intel ports. Put the Intel ports into RAID (if applicable on the mech drives) or AHCI mode. Use the Marvell for DVDRW / Blu Ray, as that really doesn't matter.

Win Win!

I did the above with all the freaking drives I've got. Only my DVDRW is on the Marvell ports. All my important drives are on the Intel ports.

My SSD performance went up 4x what they were on the Marvell....and I don't have random stuttering anymore.
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HA. because i cant count, thats why lol.

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My config would then be:
2 x 1Tb in the two Intel sata 3 ports
SSD & 640Gb in the two Marvell sata 3 ports
i counted that as 5 drives lol. omg i need to go to bed
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HA. because i cant count, thats why lol.



i counted that as 5 drives lol. omg i need to go to bed
You're still doing it wrong then.

I've got 6 drives and 1 optical. Only my optical drive is being used on the lowly Marvell controller now.

Yeah go get some sleep.

I should probably quit taking shots with every BSOD.....
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