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Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H - SSD in AHCI and 2x2TB in RAID1???

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Just assembled on my parts for my new build but am getting stuck on this AHCI thing...need some advice...

i5 4670K
Z87X-UD3H
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
2 x Seagate 7200 2tb drives

other parts just for reference and because i'm a proud owner ;-)

Corsair Vengeance 1600 2 x 8GB
XFX Pro 650W
Corsair H100i
Fractal Design Define R4
Saphire HD7790



As most people i want to use the SSD as OS drive only and as fast as possible so in AHCI

Then i have the two other drives for storage and prefer to run them in RAID1...

In the shiny Gigabyte bios in only get the options SATA, AHCI or RAID - i've tried installing OS in AHCI then switching to RAID but no luck and the other way around it seems the SSD is in SATA mode only...

The samsung SSD comes with samsung drive magician software which says it's not in AHCI and not performing at it's best...

So what can i do to get what i want - this is an awesome board and i think it's possible but am not seeing it...

it comes with 8 SATA ports, 6 should be intel and other two is called GSATA by marvell

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Cheers
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Option 1)Set BIOS mode to RAID. After booting keep pressing ctrl + i (I think) to enter the RAID BIOS. Configure your two hard drives for RAID this way- a hardware RAID. Then just install Windows 7 on the SSD.

Option 2)Set BIOS mode to AHCI or RAID. Install Windows on the SSD, and then create a software RAID (technically mirroring) using the "Create and format hard disk partitions" in Windows 7. I think this can only be done on Pro and above but I'm not 100%. Personally I would just use this method then if you ever change boards with a different chipsets you can plug them in and easily recreate the array.
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2 x Intel 730 480GB SSD in RAID 0 Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Noctua NH-D15 Winblows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Pixio PX277 Logitech G510 Seasonic SS-660XP2 Fractal Design R4 Blackout 
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Logitech G500 Xtrac Ripper 
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