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post #11 of 20
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So I am installing windows on a 3-way SATA.... 2 Raid 0 right now. I just want to see if I would even notice any difference. Total bummer I got myself all excited again
post #12 of 20
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So its not too bad I don't really notice too much of a difference. How do Raid cards work? Would I be able to buy one that would work with 3 SSD's in Raid 0 using SATA 3?
post #13 of 20
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So its not too bad I don't really notice too much of a difference. How do Raid cards work? Would I be able to buy one that would work with 3 SSD's in Raid 0 using SATA 3?

Yes something like this would do that: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115114

You plug it into the pci-e slot, and plug the drives into it instead of your motherboard. The BIOS will see the drives just like the controller was onboard. The advantage to this method is that you can migrate the array to a new motherboard and keep all your data, since you would be using the same controller.
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post #14 of 20
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Ok guys so I noticed that things were slower with my 3-way sata2 Raid 0 set-up so I am currently setting up windows and am just going to use the 3 SSD's as 3 seperate storage disks. So I definetly plugged my new drive into one of the two remaining SATA3 ports and it shows in my BIOS, but when I went to install windows I could only see 2 of my 3 SSD's when deciding where to install windows. I am waiting for it to complete right now, but why is it doing this? If I can't use this 3rd drive as an SATA3 I am going to be VERY dissapointed.
post #15 of 20
As per the usual, it'd be slightly slower with just the 2 ssds on sata 6 in raid 0 as well.

That third drive is probably in a locked state.
 
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BTW I have an Asrock Z77 Extreme4 MOBO. I know I said that before, but some people don't like reading through the whole thread. Thanks guys! I did try to search for an answer, but I couldnt find one. I'm new at all of this stuff, but I'll update if I can figure this out.
post #17 of 20
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What do you mean locked state? How do I unlock it?
post #18 of 20
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I figured it out. I scrolled over computer and right clicked and then clicked manage and in that window went to disk management and formatted the drive, but when I am in BIOS it doesnt give me options in the new ssd like it does with the older ssd. Options like hot pluggable and SATA type. Why does is that?
post #19 of 20
Full shutdown and power on should do it but formatting works too I guess; the drive probably was in a raw state as well after breaking the raid array.

No idea about the bios.
 
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post #20 of 20
The only way you are going to get the full benefit from the 3 drives in RAID0 is with a hardware RAID card, and not the cheap ones but rather from the likes of Areca, LSI, 3ware, etc.

If you have, or intend to have, a lot of storage devices then this is not a bad idea, but if it's just for the 3-SSD RAID0, then spending$500+ for a kickass card will be kind of pointless...
   
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