I have put together a new computer based on an X79 platform. I have a 128 GB SSD on which I would like to load Windows 8 as well as other programs and I have two 500 GB (mechanical) hard drives on which I would like to store my files in a RAID 1 array. I also have a blu-ray burner. All of these devices are SATA III capable. From the information I am able to gather, I should entirely avoid using the Marvel SATA controller and plug my devices in motherboard jacks that use the Intel SATA controller: I will plug my blu-ray burner and my SSD into the two available SATA III jacks, and my two (mechanical) hard drives into two of the three available SATA II jacks.
My question: Since I will be loading Windows 8 on the SSD, will I be able to set up my RAID 1 (file storage) array after I load Windows 8 or do I need to set it up before I load Windows 8 (or as a part of loading it)?
Edited by Sine Nomine - 12/10/12 at 10:31am