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I just recently opted to leap from my old e8400 to an 15 2500k and the motherboard I have decided upon is the Asus P8Z68-V PRO/Gen 3. With that new Z68 chipset comes the SRT system. I understand the principle of how it works but lack the finding of how to set it up and what components work properly. I have 4 WD 1TB caviar black drives. I do know that you can't use these in a raid format because they are not their "enterprise" editions and will fail in time and I can't afford to lose the data so I have always used them as single drives without problems.

SRT requires your HDD to be setup in a Raid 0 format and then add the SSD to the setup after all of your drivers and OS are loaded. My main question is can I use a WD caviar black in this way and not have a raid failure later? Assuming that I can just setup a single HDD and the SSD in for the SRT system and the remaining 3 drives in the old normal fashion. I've been out of the computer building loop for a while and I don't know if that is even possible either. The WD that I would like to use is the 64mb cache 6mb version so if it does work I should get a decent setup.

My next question, if the above setup is even possible is can I set that one HDD up of SRT use and not add the SSD to the system for a while as I will be strapped for cash after getting my motherboard. I'd really hate to rebuild my system and then have to format again in a month.

If I haven't given enough info on my setup please ask away and thanks for any help that you all can give me, or point me to the right direction that I can learn it for myself. I can't seem to find any real compatible info from either Asus or WD on what will and will not work with SRT.
post #2 of 5
Check my guide, here is a link to an actual set up guide. http://download.asrock.com/manual/raid/Z68M-ITXHT/IntelSmartResponse/English.pdf
Basically you need to install on the HDD and have SATA set to RAID in the UEFI, then download intel's SATA SRT drivers and enable SRT in teh intel sata manager.
post #3 of 5
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The guides are great and help give me a lot of ideas. +1

I was mostly concerned about using a caviar black consumer drive in the raid array with the ssd. The consumer editions are not "supposed" to be reliable in raid usage. My question about it working with SRT is that this is not really a raid stripe setup and is sorta like a huge thumb drive for ReadyBoost so my WD drive "should" be fine. I was wanting to get some other users input that have actually done this with WD consumer drives and remained stable.

My next concern was do I need to have the SSD when I set my HDD up for raid0 and install the OS? I read over the guide and it looks like I setup the SRT system once the OS has been completely installed and updated. Now can I just stop there and wait until I can afford the SSD and then continue with the SRT setup in a month or so and still have a functioning computer in the meantime? I guess I'm asking if it would be like plugging in that thumb drive for ReadyBoost and then I take advantage of the caching.
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Originally Posted by Mercyflush64 View Post

The guides are great and help give me a lot of ideas. +1

I was mostly concerned about using a caviar black consumer drive in the raid array with the ssd. The consumer editions are not "supposed" to be reliable in raid usage. My question about it working with SRT is that this is not really a raid stripe setup and is sorta like a huge thumb drive for ReadyBoost so my WD drive "should" be fine. I was wanting to get some other users input that have actually done this with WD consumer drives and remained stable.

My next concern was do I need to have the SSD when I set my HDD up for raid0 and install the OS? I read over the guide and it looks like I setup the SRT system once the OS has been completely installed and updated. Now can I just stop there and wait until I can afford the SSD and then continue with the SRT setup in a month or so and still have a functioning computer in the meantime? I guess I'm asking if it would be like plugging in that thumb drive for ReadyBoost and then I take advantage of the caching.

Ah, ok. Hmm, it shouldn't have any issues since it really isn't RAID it is like ready boost like you said. I will see if my friend has the same drive, I think he does and he uses SRT no problem.

And and the SSD and HDD aren't set up in RAID 0, the HDD has the OS installed on it like normal. You don't need an SSD right away, you can wait a while then get one later. once you get it you just enable SRT in the intel SATA manager and once you do that the program will start to move you most commonly used apps and files to the SSD.
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Was just wondering about that raid stuff and got confused. In your setup that you referenced in post # 2 it has

1. Complete initial system setup, including installing the OS to a RAID mode system, then install
all required drivers, including RST storage driver version 10.5 or later.

2. You MUST have both the HDD you intend to accelerate AND the SSD in system at this point!

This is why I got confused about setting the HDD in raid format.
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