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RAID 0 help (before OS install)

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related hardware/OS

Gigabyte Z68XP UD4
2-256 SSD Corsair
Windows 7 Pro 64

All the components are on their way and I have downloaded manuals for the more complex hardware. I would like to use the 2 SSD in RAD 0 config but have no clue how to set it up in the BIOS before installing the operating system. I read the Manuel regarding RAID for the above mobo and was overwhelmed by the information. I have checked the forums and was unable to find one that was pre OS. I also turned to YouTube for any type of tutorial... there was 1 that is 2 years old. I don’t know if that information is reliable. I tried syncing the directions from the manual to the video in order to get a better understanding of what will be necessary, but had little luck. I have little experience with computers, but I am motivated to learn. Any help and patience would be greatly appreciated.

I also have a 1TB data drive I will be connecting once the RAID 0 is set up and Windows has been installed. If it is unnecessary to wait, please let me know.
post #2 of 5
This outlines pretty much everything.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1227670/how-to-set-up-raid
post #3 of 5
It is unnecessary to wait. Hook them all up, make sure your ssd's are both in sata3 slots.

Open up into your bios, go to advanced, then storage. Then go to the setting, it may say ide/raid/ahci, not certain for your specific board. You are going to want to set it to raid.

After that, save settings and reset. Then you will have to boot into the raid settings. Again, for gigabyte it may be different, but usually it should be f8, which is boot order. Get it to the raid set up. It will prompt you to set up the raid set up. It will show a screen (blue for me) that shows which devices are set to which ports. Select the drives you want to set to raid 0. Save and then it will reboot again.

If you have done this correctly you should boot reboot. At this point, you are going to configure just as you would a normal hard drive. Except that instead of installing to just the ide hdd, it should say ide raid, or just raid array. Something similar.

DO NOT, install to ahci, or to windows boot directory, as that will give you issues further down the line.

When the time does come for you to be installing this, feel free to pm me, I get them on my phone. Or use this thread, or another of our kind forum members for assistance.

I apologize for not knowing what gigabytes specific terms are going to be within the bios, but it should set up very similar for all mobo raid configs. If I am incorrect, someone will surely help point you (and myself) in the right direction, as things may be different for ssd's than they are for hdd, but I went ahead and assumed they did not use ahci for raid within the bios.

edit: forgot this part.

The 1tb drive, which I assume you will be using as storage, will have to be configured once you have windows installed. I would type it all out for you, but there are far too many guides that will make it much easier to install than my tired mind can type. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Change-add-or-remove-a-drive-letter


Beat to the punch.
Edited by jesusboots - 4/15/12 at 8:07pm
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Ah, thanks bor... simple and easy to follow....
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jesusboots, thanks for the info. Their is a thread dedicated to this issue that bor linked... all good info
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