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I ordered an Intel 20GB SLC SSD to go with my incoming Asus P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3 mobo... the drive arrived today. Unfortunately it is the mSATA version -- Amazon has an incorrect product image showing the version that has a case rather than the bare board one that I got -- I didn't realize there were two versions of the drive. As a result -- some questions:

1. (this is a question I've been asking myself for a while, after deciding on a Z68-based mobo.) I have read over the Asus manual concerning SmartResponse, and it says that the HD must be configured as a RAID drive in the BIOS, rather than AHCI or iDE. And yet, it seems that this can be turned on even if I have only one HD. Can someone explain this -- i.e how can RAID mode be configured with less than two drives? (This is different than the process of configuring a RAID array, which is described later in the mobo manual.)

2. My plan is to return the bare SSD I have (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00501UY28) and get the one that's in a case. Apparently the one I have is intended for laptop use. Does any mfr. make some kind of a case that will safely house the mSATA SSD and yet provide conventional SATA connectivity? (and that can be securely mounted in the PC case)

3. If I do decide to go ahead and get the SSD version that's in a case, it will be the last thing to arrive. Can I build up my system, put the HD in RAID mode as mentioned above before loading Win7 and my apps/games, and add the SSD in when it arrives?

Thanks in advance for any guidance.

cheers,

Dave B.
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1) I can't fully explain it, but I had to set it to RAID as well on my Gigabyte motherboard and install it on the hard disk first as the instructions told me to do so. I believe that the RAID is needed for the caching function to work, as it appears to be a more "intelligent" form of RAID.

2) I've found a link to a PDF instruction manual of a mSATA to 2.5 enclosure here. This appears to what you are looking for. You may need to search for them on google to find a supplier in your country.

3) I believe you can add a SSD whenever you want after installation, and then use the Intel Rapid Storage Technology to set the SSD as a cache whenever you want.

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Thanks Lombax for your information -- very useful!


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Dave.
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