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Ok Im building a new rig and I want to run two ssd but not sure how!redface.gif Iv never run more then one HD in the past, I no Its called raid but not sure how to set it up?
I have a 80gb Intel x25 and a OCZ vertex 3 120gb! Everything is new in this build but the Intel x25 80gb so I think I need to wipe the drive!? Yes,No? And if so can anyone point me in the right direction on how to do that also.

This is a all game rig.

Parts: asrock z68 extreme4 gen3 , i5k, 8gb vengence,

Any help very apprectated!!!
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Are you trying to run a raid set up or do you just want two hard drives (i.e. one for OS and another for programs)?
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you can run them in raid if you like, but you would loose considerable capacity because they are different sizes. or you could span them AKA JBOD (just bunch of disks) but that looses the redundancy and isn't really considered raid. If it were my rig I wouldn't raid them at all. I'd simply install the OS to one of them and games / applications to the other.
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Well I guess Im really not sure how I should run them, Thats how I should have wrote my post, lol, So can you all give me some info on the dif between raid and just running them as two drives?
Like what would be best for me? I want to install maybe 3 to4 games on this thing and thats it and I no the 80gb not enough so thats why I bought the second drive but I dont no how to run the two is all I need to no!
Like which sata ports to plug them in and what I need to do in bios and then how to load the games i guess! Thanks for any help!!!
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Well I guess Im really not sure how I should run them, Thats how I should have wrote my post, lol, So can you all give me some info on the dif between raid and just running them as two drives?
Like what would be best for me? I want to install maybe 3 to4 games on this thing and thats it and I no the 80gb not enough so thats why I bought the second drive but I dont no how to run the two is all I need to no!
Like which sata ports to plug them in and what I need to do in bios and then how to load the games i guess! Thanks for any help!!!
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Well RAID would make your data redundant but you would only have 80gb capacity. limited by the smallest drive in the mirrored array. It is obvious by your post that you do not want your SSD's mirrored due to the size limitation. alternatively you can span(JBOD) them which will make the OS see the two SSD's as one Logical volume 200GB total capacity. But if one SSD's in the array dies you loose all the data on the volume. The other option is to install the 2 SSD's and install windows to one of them(I would choose the vertex 3 because its larger) the intel 80GB would show up in my computer as D drive.

EDIT: you can prolly install a bunch of game to the 120 anyways since I can fit windows 7 and a few games to my 80gb SSD
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Your options for these two drives specifically (if you want more general info, ask, but this is what pertains to you):

2 Separate drives. - Just plug them both in and don't do anything fancy. The second one will appear as the "D" drive in windows and can be accessed just like C. Think if it as another folder. The benefit is what effects one has no effect on the other. If either drive fails, the other is entirely unaffected.

RAID 1 - The drives mirror each other in real time. You cannot directly access the second drive, but if one of them (physically) dies, the other is a perfect backup, ready for use. Disadvantage - it is limited to the size of the smallest drive, and the speed of the slowest drive (in other words, it will be only 80GB and as slow as your slower drive). It will also use slightly more CPU power.

RAID 0 - Both drives get "striped" and are used as a single drive, with the capacity/speed of your smallest/slowest drive, multiplied by the number of drives used. In your case, you will end up with one drive in windows with 160GB with double the speed of your slower drive. If either fails, all data is lost.

Single Spanned Drive - Same as 2 separate drives, only it will appear as only a single drive with the combined capacity of both drives. It makes file management easier than with separate drives (as in you don't need to manually choose what does on C and D, as it is all C), but also negates the advantage of having them separate. If one drive fails, the data on the other remains (but there's no telling what is on which drive)



NOTE - Running RAID on SSDs means giving up TRIM and GC, which means your drives will slow down considerably over time until you manually clean them (depending on your drives this may require you to wipe the data off them).




IMO, you are best off with just using the two drives independently unless you have a specific reason not to, or if the machine is PURELY for gaming or video recording, a spanned volume. RAID is simply not worth it on SSDs for most users, never mind the fact that you are using two VERY different drives.
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Your options for these two drives specifically (if you want more general info, ask, but this is what pertains to you):
2 Separate drives. - Just plug them both in and don't do anything fancy. The second one will appear as the "D" drive in windows and can be accessed just like C. Think if it as another folder. The benefit is what effects one has no effect on the other. If either drive fails, the other is entirely unaffected.
RAID 1 - The drives mirror each other in real time. You cannot directly access the second drive, but if one of them (physically) dies, the other is a perfect backup, ready for use. Disadvantage - it is limited to the size of the smallest drive, and the speed of the slowest drive (in other words, it will be only 80GB and as slow as your slower drive). It will also use slightly more CPU power.
RAID 0 - Both drives get "striped" and are used as a single drive, with the capacity/speed of your smallest/slowest drive, multiplied by the number of drives used. In your case, you will end up with one drive in windows with 160GB with double the speed of your slower drive. If either fails, all data is lost.
Single Spanned Drive - Same as 2 separate drives, only it will appear as only a single drive with the combined capacity of both drives. It makes file management easier than with separate drives (as in you don't need to manually choose what does on C and D, as it is all C), but also negates the advantage of having them separate. If one drive fails, the data on the other remains (but there's no telling what is on which drive)
NOTE - Running RAID on SSDs means giving up TRIM and GC, which means your drives will slow down considerably over time until you manually clean them (depending on your drives this may require you to wipe the data off them).
IMO, you are best off with just using the two drives independently unless you have a specific reason not to, or if the machine is PURELY for gaming or video recording, a spanned volume. RAID is simply not worth it on SSDs for most users, never mind the fact that you are using two VERY different drives.

Thanks Zero, Thats the way I needed it layed out! And thanks to everyone that chimed in to help me! +reps givin!thumb.gif

After reading everything you all said Imjust going to keep it simple and go with the 120gb only for now and if I need more room later Ill just get a bigger single ssd them
n! they will probly be cheaper then anyway!rolleyes.gif

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