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Hi guys, new to the whole RAID set up so only know what I have read up about it, just wanting to ask a few questions.

I was wondering what do I need software wise? Is it just the drivers I need to install or is there a program I should install as well?

It is 2 120gb Kingston SSD's I'll be putting into RAID-0 and was also wondering is it worth putting my OCZ 60gb SSD into the array as well? The OCZ SSD is close to 3 years old now so has probably degraded a little

I know RAID-0 is risky as if one drive fails you lose everything but it will only be windows/games etc installed onto the SSD's so IF a drive does fail in the future I'm not losing anything that I can't get back.
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Not really much point since with what you'll be using it for I doubt you'll see any real world performance.

If you put the 60GB ssd in there you will only be able to use 60gb of the other 2 SSD's in the RAID set.

Your RAID should be setup in your RAID bios which is part of the UEFI, Alternatively you will need to "Boot" into the raid controller and that's normally by using the F8 key or something.

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Not really much point since with what you'll be using it for I doubt you'll see any real world performance.

If you put the 60GB ssd in there you will only be able to use 60gb of the other 2 SSD's in the RAID set.

Your RAID should be setup in your RAID bios which is part of the UEFI, Alternatively you will need to "Boot" into the raid controller and that's normally by using the F8 key or something.

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I thought RAID-0 added all the drives to show as one drive no matter of the size? I thought it was just the mirrored arrays that go on the size of the smallest drive, maybe I'm remembering what I read wrong

Going to find out how to boot into the RAID bios on my computer then install the 2 120gb SSD's, will save the 60gb for my mini-ITX system when I put that together smile.gif
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Once you enable RAID in bios for the mode of the drive you will get to select RAID0 in a additional option, and then a new message will appear at each boot (the raid controller loading) annd it will say press "X"(or wtv it is) key to enter setup, same way as entering BIOS only a second later, there you will get to select the disks that will be part of the new virtual disk and the stripe size (for windows + games on those SSD's the default should be fine here). Now once this new "virtual disk" is done at the windows install you will be prompted to give an extra driver for the drive to be seen, you can do so by looking for it on the CD or getting it on a USB stick.

edit: also dont put the 60 GB drive in the array, itd slow it down considerably and limit your size to 60GB as Compuman145 pointed out.

What you are speaking of adding drives togheter regardles of size is called JBOD (just a bunch of disks) and is considerably slower than RAID in almost all cases.
Edited by mindblowingj - 10/7/13 at 2:20am
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RAID-0 set up and windows installed, currently redownloading and installing games through Origin/Steam/Uplay.

Really impressed with how fast it is, I thought my single SSD was fast, these new ones in RAID-0 are like lightning compared to my old SSD!

Setting them up was much easier than I thought once I had figured out how to load the RAID Bios after enabling RAID in the motherboard BIOS.

I downloaded all the drivers for my motherboard etc before I removed the old SSD so had everything ready for a nice quick and easy install.

Currently backing up my storage drive to my external drive so I can format it and basically start again and actually organise everything! The RAID array will only have Windows, some programs and the games I play the most installed on there, games I don't play as often will be installed on the storage drive.

Is there a way to stop/shorten the amount of time the "Press DEL to load BIOS" screen is visible for? To make boot times even faster?

Currently it has
Asus load BIOS
Drive detection
RAID load BIOS screen
then it will boot into windows
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post #6 of 6
You can skip most of those screens by enabling the fast-boot(each brand gives it a different name usually similar to this) feature on your board and installing the software bundled for it, note that this will prevent you from entering BIOS setup and quickly changing features or settings. You will always have at minimum 1-2 extra seconds compared to AHCI mode where the RAID contrroller loads, but which is longer in total is debatable
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