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So, to make a long story short I have 2 SSD's, a 64GB Crucial m4 and a 120GB Mushkin (not yet installed), both SATA III. I'm thinking how it would be nice if I just had a single 180GB SSD, but unfortunately I'm not wealthy and have had to buy on "chunk" at a time. So my thought is, "I could have 2 separate drives, or I could combine these two together in a single 'logical' drive using RAID" (It would make things easier not having to constantly pay attention to where windows saves all my stuff. I'm not used to having to change my install directory/path and keep installing things on the 64GB SSD that I dont mean to) Anyway, I don't really know too much about RAID and I do not even know if my above idea is even logical/possible. Could someone with experience in this area tell me what is wrong with my "idea" ??

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I'm currently using the 64GB for windows and application (minus any games) and using a 500GB HDD for storage (plus games). I bought the 120 because I loved the 64 so much that I would like to (mostly) get rid of my HDD and put all of my games on it.
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Theres nothing "wrong" with your idea. and yes its possible to create a JBOD raid provided your motherboard supports it. It would be quite unusual to implement a jbod configuration for a boot drive i think so im not going to directly address it and instead direct you to microsoft technet forum or check with your motherboard support people.
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ok, sorry for this, but I have another question (I know i could go read for a few hours but I just don't have the time for that today, so I do apologize):

if i put the drives in a RAID array, will I still have 184GB (64GB + 120GB) of total storage space?
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Originally Posted by michaelrw View Post

ok, sorry for this, but I have another question (I know i could go read for a few hours but I just don't have the time for that today, so I do apologize):

if i put the drives in a RAID array, will I still have 184GB (64GB + 120GB) of total storage space?
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By my understanding, no. You'll have 2 x 64.

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By my understanding, no. You'll have 2 x 64.
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Not if you set them up as JBOD, but you'll need that option.
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Not if you set them up as JBOD, but you'll need that option.

What do you mean when you say I'll "need that option" ??
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Not every motherboard controller supports JBOD is what he meant.

You options may be limited to your motherboard, but with your current drive configuration, it would end up like this.

RAID0 would limit both to 64, giving you a total of 128.
RAID1 would limit both to 64, and mirror them- for a total of 64.

and JBOD is what you're looking for, where the sizes are merely added together. 64+120 on a JBOD would give you 184.

Though as said earlier, JBOD for a boot drive is not the norm, so you'd have to find out how that performed for you with your own testing really.

--edited for fail spelling.
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What mobo do you have?

Fill this out: http://www.overclock.net/lists/component/manage/type/RIG

I would just leave the 64GB as the boot and change the default install path to the 120GB SSD.
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