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OK so i am trying to RAID 0 this setup. I have no idea what i am doing. Is it even possible to raid 0 2 different HDDs? They are both 1TB. I also have a Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB for my windows and i intend to use the raid 0 as my recording HDDs.
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It's pretty suboptimal, but I believe RAID 0 isn't picky about brands. If there are any speeds differences, it'll obviously be a "weakest link" situation.

As far as implementation, it's up to your motherboard. If ASRock's firmware is anything like ASUS', you'll essentially set your storage as RAID in BIOS, and just after POST you'll have a timed prompt having you press a combination of buttons to get it set up (Alt-F2 for me). From then, it's pretty easy; just pick the drives, select the type of RAID, and finalize). You'll of course have to either re-install Windows on the RAID or make sure you don't select the drive with your OS on it.
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It's pretty suboptimal, but I believe RAID 0 isn't picky about brands. If there are any speeds differences, it'll obviously be a "weakest link" situation.
As far as implementation, it's up to your motherboard. If ASRock's firmware is anything like ASUS', you'll essentially set your storage as RAID in BIOS, and just after POST you'll have a timed prompt having you press a combination of buttons to get it set up (Alt-F2 for me). From then, it's pretty easy; just pick the drives, select the type of RAID, and finalize). You'll of course have to either re-install Windows on the RAID or make sure you don't select the drive with your OS on it.

So there is no way to use the RAID 0 setup as storage on my Western DIgital Caviar Black OS?

And what do you mean just after POST?
post #4 of 7
Yea, you can Raid 2 different brand drives. Its best to keep the same size and speed, but brand shouldn't matter at all. I've raid a WD and a seagate before no problem.

As far as actually setting it up, just hook up the drives and then boot into bios and switch to raid mode. Then it will go to letting you set up the type of array to the drives you want. Just in case you didn't know, make sure you don't have anything on the drives you want to raid cuz the drives are wiped clean when you make the array. Once it boots to windows just format and you are good to go.
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I have about the same two drives in RAID it don't matter that much. But it is better to do two of the same drives. But with the prices the way they are I would say you should just use what you have.
 
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So there is no way to use the RAID 0 setup as storage on my Western DIgital Caviar Black OS?
And what do you mean just after POST?

You can raid more than 2 drives in raid 0, but it depends on if your onboard raid controller can handle more then a 2 drive array, which I'm not sure about. I would google or look at the manual about that.

Post is power on self test - its right after bios and before windows boots. If you have raid mode enabled it should go to that screen automatically.
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You can raid more than 2 drives in raid 0, but it depends on if your onboard raid controller can handle more then a 2 drive array, which I'm not sure about. I would google or look at the manual about that.
Post is power on self test - its right after bios and before windows boots. If you have raid mode enabled it should go to that screen automatically.

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