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I am going to set up raid 0 soon on my two 120GB Corsair Force GT SSD's. I have a few questions. I saw in a YouTube video that I will need some sort of drivers when doing the windows 7 setup or else it won't see your raid array. I am not sure which drivers it is or where to get it. I looked on the Asus website for it but wasn't sure which driver I needed. I have the Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 motherboard if that helps. Oh and here is that YouTube video I was talking about.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L--ByVvXqw
The part with the drivers is at the 5 minute mark. Like I said above I need to find out which driver I need for the setup to detect my raid array.
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You'll need the Intel Rapid Storage Tech F6 driver for RAID if your using them for your OS. You'll load these drivers in from the custom install screen when you start to load Windows. Just select "load drivers. Point to your usb drive that you have these drivers UNZIPPED on. Load them. Then It'll see your RAID array.
Make sure to use the Intel SATA3 ports. Don't use the Marvell ports. When the computer starts to post, hit "CTRL I" Select your two SSD drives to make your RAID0 array. Reboot your system off of the Windows disc. Then you select custom install.

EDIT: Almost forgot. Before you start. Go into bios and set SATA to RAID. Then reboot and hit CTRL I to set up your RAID array. Wouldn't hurt to shut off the Marvell controller in bios also. You won't need that piece of junk.
Edited by ski-bum - 2/10/12 at 8:50pm
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post #3 of 11
Like said above.^

But, you may not even need a driver.

An if anything you can just use your motherboard CD and load the driver that way.

Here is my raid guide if it helps:

How to: Set up RAID! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Set up RAID:
  1. In the UEFI/BIOS set the SATA mode to Raid mode
  2. Then when you restart your PC hit Ctrl+I (or Ctrl + G or whatever it is for your motherboard) after the splash screen appears when it shows a list of your SATA devices, it will take you to RAID setup menu
  3. Choose create a raid volume
  4. Give your raid volume a name
  5. Choose your raid type (Raid0 or Raid 1, or whatever you wanna do)
  6. Choose the SSDs/HDDs you wanna add to raid
  7. Choose your raid Block size (Default or 128KB is fine)
  8. Choose your capacity
  9. Now select confirm creation and choose Yes
  10. Now select Save and Exit and choose Yes
  11. It should reboot and you are done.
    Note 1: If installing Windows to the RAID array and Windows doesn't pickup the RAID array to install to then you will have to have your RAID drivers ready (motherboard driver disc or the driver on a usb) and load driver. (bottom left corner)
    Note 2: If you are using RAID 0 with MBR formatted disks use 1024 alignment instead of 4096 for best performance.

And my Windows Install guide: http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds
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thx guys i'll give it a go
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The best thing is, TRIM is coming for RAID 0 in the next IRST drivers [ http://www.station-drivers.com/telechargement/intel/sata/11.5.htm ].
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Okay so I got raid all set up and installed everything back on my pc. But I do have a slight issue. Every time I boot up, after my pc posts, it brings me to the windows boot manager screen and it tells me to choose an OS or something. Both choices I get are windows 7. Is there anyway to bypass this step at all and have a default? Because it's annoying to have to choose an OS every time I start up or restart my pc, especially when both options are the same.
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Okay so I got raid all set up and installed everything back on my pc. But I do have a slight issue. Every time I boot up, after my pc posts, it brings me to the windows boot manager screen and it tells me to choose an OS or something. Both choices I get are windows 7. Is there anyway to bypass this step at all and have a default? Because it's annoying to have to choose an OS every time I start up or restart my pc, especially when both options are the same.

You have two OSes installed at once? Did you not delete the old one before the install? Delete the old one off the system. Or it could be that you have a left over System Reserve partition that you never deleted on a drive in your system that you should delete.

You can also just choose the default one if you use both: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Change-the-default-operating-system-for-startup-multiboot
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Well the raid utility said that all data would be wiped off the two SSD's so I assumed that they didn't have any thing on them when I was installing windows. Both of those windows 7 options seem to be the exact same with no errors or anything when booting into them. Thinking back I don't think I deleted the partition. But when I go into my computer I don't see it there either. Is there any way to delete one of the OS's without wiping all my data?
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go into windows and do "disk cleanup"
then run msconfig ..under boot tab.maybe advanced...look for "check all boot paths"
 
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