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new to raid 0 help setting up x2 OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD raid 0 with intel z87 motherboard

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hi guys i have never set up a raid 0 be for my pc specs are

mb asus z87-c

intel 4770k over clocked to 4.4

vga card msi r9 290x

psu corsair ax860i

i have 2 brand new ocz ssds i want to set up in raid 0. what steps do i need to do and will it affect my other storage hard drives connected to my pc.
i will be using the raid as my boot drive
any help would be grate

thanks
post #2 of 8
Turn off PC

Plug in the drives on the Intel side of the Sata connectors... (I would recommend unplugging any other drives just to make sure they are not messed up since this is your first RAID... especially unplug any existing boot drives.)

boot the system... set the SATA Mode selection to RAID... in SATA configuration menu in your bios. Save and reboot

let it post... just after the main post, you will see a Press Control + I prompt... press Control+I... that will take you into the RAID config menu.

Select create a RAID volume... Enter

Name the volume, set the RAID level, Select the DISKs you want to include in the array.. the select your stripe size (probably want 128k for RAID 0)

Go with the default capacity... that will use it all.

Tell it yes.. you want to create the volume !

Boot to your OS install disk... pick the raid partition as the install partition.. and go for it. You will need to install a RAID driver from a USB stick when windows asks for it.. load drivers...

(PS.. all this is in your manual also...) I am doing this from memory, but I don't think I forgot anything... lol!

This is sort of a Generic RAID setup for most ASUS motherboards... so make sure it is correct for your board, before you start.
Edited by cgipson1 - 3/26/14 at 12:11pm
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It's pretty straight forward - just go into the BIOS and enable RAID under the SATA settings. Now, this won't necessarily put all your drives in RAID so it won't impact data on your current drives. Save the changes in the BIOS and restart.

With RAID enabled, you'll now have a new screen when your PC posts (Intel RAID option ROM or something similar to that). When you see this screen, you'll have to spam "Ctrl+i" to get into the RAID setup. You'll then see under the Main Menu, "1. Create RAID Volume". Select that, from there you'll have to enter the following:

- Name (just give the RAID array a name)
- RAID Level (pick RAID 0/Stripe)
- Disks (Select the disks you want to included in this RAID array. Any disks not included, such as your storage drive, will be listed as a "Non-RAID disk" and will be untouched. That said, if your data is very important, it's always a good idea to back it up just to be safe).
- Strip Size (128 kB is typically used. The way I understand it, this is basically how small the chunks of data will be broken down to when written to the disks).

When you have all this entered, just select Create Volume. From there you'll be prompted if you want it to be bootable, be sure to pick yes since it will be your boot drive. Once you're done, exit the RAID setup menu and reboot. You might have to go back into the BIOS to adjust your boot order again. You won't see your individual SSDs listed anymore in the boot order. The BIOS will recognize that they are in the RAID array and it will show the name of the array you chose above instead.

From there, just treat the array as any normal disk. If you're running Windows, it normally has no problem picking up the RAID array when you go to install since the Intel RAID drivers are on the disk already. Hope this helps! smile.gif

Edit: cgipson1 beat me to it! tongue.gif
post #4 of 8
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thanks for the reply i have looked in the manual but it dose not say witch sata ports are intel controlled.
and will i need to install Intel Rapid Storage one's i have installed windows. do i need to change any setting to get trim support

thank you
post #5 of 8
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when i have installed windows will i keep getting the raid setup menu every time i boot the pc.
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thanks for the reply i have looked in the manual but it dose not say witch sata ports are intel controlled.
and will i need to install Intel Rapid Storage one's i have installed windows. do i need to change any setting to get trim support

thank you

I downloaded your manual... you have six SATA connectors... all Intel.. so you are good. Some other Asus boards have extra connectors with a Marvel chipset, which is why I specified the Intel side in my initial post..
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thanks for the reply i have looked in the manual but it dose not say witch sata ports are intel controlled.
and will i need to install Intel Rapid Storage one's i have installed windows. do i need to change any setting to get trim support

thank you

It looks like all 6 SATA ports on your board are Intel. So no need to worry about getting the right ones. thumb.gif

When you're done installing Windows, go ahead and install the Intel RST software. IIRC, I think it was around v. 11.2 of the RST drivers that enabled TRIM in RAID0, so there's nothing you need to do to get TRIM working on the array AFAIK.
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when i have installed windows will i keep getting the raid setup menu every time i boot the pc.

You get a the Control+I prompt, yes... but just ignore it and it goes away in just a second or two...
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