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So I always heard RAID 0 was so fast and I've been hankering to try it for months now. So I bought a 2 TB Toshiba drive and backed up all of my data on it and decided to try and set the 2 1 TB Seagates I had in Raid 0. I stumbled through Sean's Raid guide on here and finally got Windows to recognize the array but I've gained a whole lot of basic questions and after a HD test comparing what performance gains others have seen- Im not impressed.

I guess I'll start with the questions.

1. Does RAID 0 performance suffer from larger drives? I.E. since I'm using 2 7200rpm 1TB drives am I not going to see the same performance as someone else using 2 7200rpm 500GB drives?

2. I have this MOBO: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3440#ov I have the 2 TB Toshiba set up as a bootable drive as well. It seems the pc refuses to boot up if I connect it to any of the other SATA ports no matter if I make the Raid drives higher priority or anything. Does setting the mobo up for RAID make any other single drive useless unless its paired with another one or what? The motherboard has two "GSATA" sata ports that I assume are the only ones the onboard raid controller supports. Even still, plugging the Toshiba into any of the 6 other sata ports causes Windows to fail to boot. If setting up RAID with those two drives means I can never have active access to the single Toshiba drive, count me out.

3. What performance gain should I expect with these drives? I wasn't impressed with the ATTO performance but admittedly all I've done is run a benchmark instead of doing anything else. I haven't installed any games or whatnot on this RAID array yet because it seems every time I want to switch back to booting on the Toshiba (even after changing all of the MOBO settings back for one drive), it causes Windows 7 to fail to boot on that drive as well and I have to run a startup repair.

here are my ATTO results:

http://i.imgur.com/SVqofje.jpg

Did I seriously just link you a screenshot? Yes I did, because I'll be damned if I can find where ATTO has an option to let me save the results as a small image without having to print screen and save the damn thing in paint. mad.gif
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So I just tried plugging in the Toshiba drive to another SATA port with the raid array still in the GSATA ports and sure enough Windows refuses to boot.
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