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Should I RAID two Samsung 830s 128GB (using the extra one that is currently in my laptop) or buy Samsung 840 256GB which is currently on sale for $150 from BuyDig via eBay?
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Buy the 256, you will lose Trim if you RAID those SSDs and you don't want that. Trim is only supported in RAD on the z77 chipset so far.

I lied,
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6477/trim-raid0-ssd-arrays-work-with-intel-6series-motherboards-too

It's really you're call, try out RAID for a bit, and see if you notice a difference, if not buy a 256GB.
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not true at all, you can have trim on a z68 and IMO you should raid those puppies and enjoy the speed!
    
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Should I RAID two Samsung 830s 128GB (using the extra one that is currently in my laptop) or buy Samsung 840 256GB which is currently on sale for $150 from BuyDig via eBay?

it depends if you have enough sata porta for your needs. I actually had a similar dilemma like yours not too long ago. I had a crucial m4 120gb SSD. I wanted more storage so I was contemplating on buying another one for raid0 or just sell it and get a 240GB ssd. I decided to just sell the crucial m4 and get the bigger SSD just because I wanted two sata 6bps on my board. (my board only has two) after a few months I got a very good deal with my second intel 335 ssd. wouldn't have been able to upgrade if I decided on sticking with raiding two smaller sized ssd's. your call. either choice is good but if you have no plans on upgrading your ssd anytime soon then go with another 128gb @ raid0. performance will be much faster
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Yeah I have enough SATA ports. I will give RAID a try but I still might order 256GB and use that in my laptop since it's a good deal. Thanks the input guys. I'll keep you updated.
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it depends if you have enough sata porta for your needs.

I purchased these two items a while ago so I could use all the spare laptop drives I had lying around for extra storage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817986007


Syba SD-SA2PEX-2IR 2 Channel SATA II Controller Card PCI-E
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=33423&vpn=SD-SA2PEX-2IR%20%289SY-PEX40015%29&manufacture=Syba


I think the Syba card can be used for RAID. or should I just stick to software RAID (windows 7)
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Guys, you seem to miss a key point in Z68 TRIM support for RAID 0 arrays... 11.6.0.1702 OROM. You usually won't have that OROM unless you have a modified BIOS! tongue.gif
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it depends if you have enough sata porta for your needs.

I purchased these two items a while ago so I could use all the spare laptop drives I had lying around for extra storage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817986007


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http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=33423&vpn=SD-SA2PEX-2IR%20%289SY-PEX40015%29&manufacture=Syba


I think the Syba card can be used for RAID. or should I just stick to software RAID (windows 7)

Use the onboard intel SATA 6GB/s ports on your mobo if you do RAID 0, not that crappy RAID card.

I'd put the two in RAID 0, however, what is going to happen with your laptop?
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I have a Samsung 830 64GB I used to play around with Windows 8 I could use in my lappy...or I might still get the 256GB on sale. I got rid of my old laptop and just ordered a new one.

I always buy Samsung SSDs when I see them on sale. You guys think the price on the Pro version will go down any time soon?
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Quick question: for some strange reason I haven't been able to been able to backup my computer since two weeks ago. For some reason it always fails. I am not surprised since I change parts so often and have so many drives I use.

Anyway this got me thinking...what happens to raid setup if I want to upgrade later on. Do I migrate O/S using backup & restore? I always do a fresh install so doesn't really matter but just curious if RAID might make it a hassle to upgrade in the future
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Quick question: for some strange reason I haven't been able to been able to backup my computer since two weeks ago. For some reason it always fails. I am not surprised since I change parts so often and have so many drives I use.

Anyway this got me thinking...what happens to raid setup if I want to upgrade later on. Do I migrate O/S using backup & restore? I always do a fresh install so doesn't really matter but just curious if RAID might make it a hassle to upgrade in the future

If you setup the RAID using the Syba controller, then I think you won't have problems when upgrading components. However if you have the RAID setup through your motherboard's controller and you want to switch out the motherboard, then you will have a major issue. A Windows 7 RAID can be easily re-discovered by a new Windows 7 installation.

Can anyone please confirm? This is my first time answering a question at this level.
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